I’m no genius, however, it seems to me  the South Florida basketball teams’ troubles seem more clear after the first half of tonight’s game.

No, not because the Bulls are repeating the things that have hurt them all year, rather the turnaround in the two areas that have hurt them most this season.

USF is shooting 50 percent from three point range and is six-of-six from the free throw line, holding a 34-29 lead over the Iona Gaels at the Sun Dome.

On the season, the Bulls are a horrendous 29 percent from 3-point range and 56 percent from the free throw line.

USF is led by sophomore guard Dominque Jones, who is 3-of-4 from behind the arc and has 17 points. Jones, who is second on the team in scoring, went on a 8-0 last minute run. However, Iona’s Scott Machado, who has eight points and four assists, hit a layup as the buzzer sounded to end the half.

There was a new face in the USF starting lineup. Freshman guard Justin Leemow got his first career start in place of the injured transfer Mike Mercer. Mercer is out tonight with a knee injury. However, it hasn’t been the starting debut that Leemow had probably hoped for. He has zero points and only one assist in 12 minutes of play.

Welp, I’m off to polish off some brownies.