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Rudd, South Florida top Bowling Green 87-84 in 3OT

Published: December 22, 2012 4:00 AM

Rudd, South Florida top Bowling Green 87-84 in 3OT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Victor Rudd scored 29 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left in regulation, and South Florida beat Bowling Green 87-84 in triple overtime on Friday night.

Rudd also had a go-ahead three-point play with 13.5 seconds left -- that made it 85-84 -- and two late free throws in the third overtime.

"He was very special tonight," South Florida coach Stan Heath said. "This was probably his best clutch performance."

South Florida made a late, regulation run, getting within 60-58 on Anthony Collins' layup with 14.6 seconds remaining. After A'uston Calhoun converted 1 of 2 free throws, Rudd tied it at 61 on his 3-pointer.

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"For me, it's an extra good Christmas," Rudd said.

South Florida (7-3) also got 18 points from Martino Brock and 16 from Toarlyn Fitzpatrick.

Crawford scored all of his 27 points after halftime for Bowling Green (5-6). Calhoun added 22 points.

"This was, I guess maybe from a basketball fan, a neutral point of view, a great game," Bowling Green coach Louis Orr said. "I will give our guys credit. They didn't quit playing, but it's tough. A tough, tough game."

The game was delayed 22 minutes with 21.6 seconds to go in the first overtime when an electrical problem knocked out most of the arena's lights.

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Crawford had two baskets, including a driving layup, in the final 15 seconds of the first OT that got Bowling Green even at 71.

Crawford had a fast-break layup before Rudd made his second late, tying 3-pointer to tie it at 78 with 27.4 seconds left in the second overtime.

Crawford, who entered averaging 15.7 points, got his first points on a trey 26 minutes into the game that cut Bowling Green's deficit to 43-34. His jumper from behind the arc gave the Falcons a 51-49 lead with 8:25 remaining.

Crawford missed his only shot of the first half 612 minutes into the session. His fourth 3-pointer made it 60-53.

-- Associated Press

Brock had 13 points to help South Florida grab a 34-27 halftime advantage. He also had a key shot block just before Rudd's game-deciding three-point play.

Collins, who will have a sore hip evaluated this weekend, had eight points and eight assists.

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