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South Florida rallies late to upend Seton Hall

Jan 14, 2012 - 5:10 AM Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Toarlyn Fitzpatrick converted a go-ahead three- point play in the final minute, and the South Florida Bulls held on to beat No. 24 Seton Hall, 56-55, thanks to Jordan Theodore's missed free throw.

The Bulls (10-8, 3-2 Big East) trailed 52-42 with six minutes remaining before rattling off 14 of the next 15 points, going ahead on Fitzpatrick's hoop and free throw with 56 seconds on the clock.

Patrik Auda's tip-in ended the field goal drought for the Pirates (15-3, 4-2), who got the ball back when Jawanza Poland missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

Theodore was fouled with 3.8 seconds left for his own 1-and-1 opportunity and missed the ensuing free throw. Fitzpatrick grabbed the rebound to snap the Pirates' four-game win streak and secure South Florida's third win in four games.

Theodore shot just 5-of-13 from the floor but finished with a game-high 16 points.

Ron Anderson Jr. paced South Florida with 14 points, scoring six on the game- altering 14-1 run.

"Anderson was just a beast tonight," South Florida head coach Stan Heath said. "He did all the little things."

A close first half ended with Poland nailing a three-pointer, appropriately tying the game at 27-all heading to the break.

Theodore and Haralds Karlis each hit from behind the arc during an 8-0 run that put Seton Hall on top, 41-34, with 13 1/2 minutes remaining.

The Pirates held their biggest lead at 52-42 on Aaron Cosby's trey with just over six minutes left, but that was their last field goal before the final minute.

Game Notes

Seton Hall is ranked for the first since the 2000-01 season...The Bulls improved to 9-1 at home...Seton Hall still leads the all-time series, 8-2.