USF beats Villanova 74-57 in Big East play

The Associated Press

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Jawanza Poland matched his career-high with 20 points to lead South Florida to a rare Big East road victory, 74-57 over Villanova on Thursday night.

It was just the seventh road win in the seven seasons since the Bulls (9-7, 2-1) joined the league.

Maalik Wayns scored 17 points to pace Villanova (7-8, 0-3), which lost its third straight and sixth in eight games.

It was just the second loss in the last 53 games for the Wildcats at the Pavilion, their on-campus arena. The only other defeat during the stretch came Feb. 12 to Pitt last season.

South Florida made 5 of 8 shots in the first 5 minutes after halftime to take a 43-32 lead. The Bulls had their largest lead, 48-36, with 12:19 remaining when Toarlyn Fitzpatrick hit a 3-pointer.

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