Freshman point guard Anthony Collins drained two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining to lift South Florida past Cincinnati 46-45 on Sunday in a Big East Conference game that carried NCAA Tournament implications for both teams.
South Florida (18-11, 11-5) is seeking its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1992. Cincinnati (20-9, 10-6) saw its three-game winning streak come to an end.
For the sixth consecutive outing, South Florida held an opponent to 20 points under its scoring average. Cincinnati, which shot just 34.6 percent from the field (18 of 52), came in averaging 69.8 points per game.
Collins finished with 14 points for the Bulls, who went up 44-43 on two free throws by Ron Anderson Jr. with 26.3 seconds remaining.
Cincinnati retook the lead, 45-44, on Cashmere Wright's basket with 9.5 seconds left.
Sean Kilpatrick paced Cincinnati with 13 points.
After Collins' go-ahead free throws, Cincinnati had one final opportunity. But South Florida, with two fouls to giv...