ECU knocks off USF, 62-59 in American home opener


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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Jayden Gardner had 23 points, 10 rebounds and a key blocked shot as East Carolina defeated South Florida 62-59.

East Carolina led 60-57 after a 3-pointer by Bitumba Baruti with 1:26 to go in the second half. David Collins made an uncontested layup for South Florida, making the score 60-59 with 1:01 remaining but the Bulls did not score again.

Brandon Suggs had 12 points for East Carolina, which has won five in a row at home. Laquincy Rideau had 16 points for the South Florida. Collins added 14 points off the bench and Xavier Castaneda had 10 points.

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