An 11-2 Niagara run midway through the second half propelled the Purple Eagles to a 70-55 victory over South Florida on Sunday at the Sun Dome.

Led by junior Tyrone Lewis’ 23 points, the Purple Eagles were able to hold the Bulls to just 37.5 percent shooting from the floor, and 15.4 percent from behind the arc.

Free-throw woe’s continued for USF, also. The Bulls shot hit only 11 of their 21 free-throws.

Despite a first half with four lead changes, Niagara led 32-29 at halftime. There were no lead changes, however, in the second half.

Senior guard Jesus Verdejo led the Bulls in scoring, finishing with 20 points.

The big story coming into today’s game was, of course, the two newcomers to the squad. It wasn’t necessarily a welcoming day, though. While junior Mike Mercer had 12 points, freshman Gus Gilchrist had only eight, and he struggled to find a rhythm all day.

-K.K.

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