UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- — Tyrece Radford scored 21 points, Cody Pemsl came off the bench to spark a breakaway run and Virginia Tech wrapped up a tumultuous three-game stay at Bubbleville with a 76-58 defeat of South Florida Sunday night.
Virginia Tech (3-0) was caught up in the COVID-19 drama at Bubbleville as Temple, originally scheduled as its second game, went into quarantine after a player tested positive. The Owls were replaced at the last minute with Villanova, ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25 poll.
Virginia Tech toppled the Wildcats in overtime.
David Collins scored 10 points for the Bulls (1-2) and, making 3 of 6 from the free throw line he became the all-time leader in career free throws made in the American Athletic Conference. Collins pushed his total to 438, passing former Cincinnati guard Jarron Cumberland (437).
Aluma hit a 3 at the halftime buzzer for a 36-23 lead, closing with a 15-5 run over the last seven minutes to break open what had been a tight game. Pemsl scored six points in the breakaway run.
The teams had not played since 1995 when both were in the Metro Conference. Tech's coach Mike Young had been 0-3 against USF’s Brian Gregory, facing him when the two were at other schools.
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