Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Toarlyn Fitzpatrick paced five teammates in double figures with 19 points as the South Florida Bulls dismissed the DePaul Blue Demons, 83-73, in a Big East Conference showdown at the USF Sun Dome.
Anthony Collins netted 16 points for USF (11-17, 2-14 Big East), which snapped a lengthy 10-game losing streak. Victor Rudd also had 16 points for the home team, Martino Brock poured in 13 points and Jawanza Poland scored 11.
Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young each scored 18 points for DePaul (11-18, 2-13), while Charles McKinney tallied 13 points and seven rebounds. The Blue Demons have lost four in a row and 13 of their last 14.
USF led by as many as 11 in the first half, but DePaul ended the stanza on an 11-4 run to cut its deficit to just four, 37-33, heading into intermission.
The Blue Demons hung tough for much of the second half, and they even took a 62-60 lead with 6:53 remaining on a Melvin jumper, but the Bulls responded with 10 straight points to pull away.
USF drained 9-of-17 from 3-point range, while DePaul was only 4-of-13 from beyond the arc.