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Cincinnati blows 16-point lead, rallies to beat South Florida 63-58

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CINCINNATI — Farad Cobb scored 16 points and Cincinnati survived blowing a 16-point lead in the first half by defeating South Florida 63-58 on Saturday night.

PHOTO: South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua, left, talks with guard Troy Holston Jr., right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)
South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua, left, talks with guard Troy Holston Jr., right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Cincinnati, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

The Bearcats led 28-12 with 4:42 in the first half before the Bulls finished the period on an 8-3 run to trail by 11. USF outscored Cincinnati 19-9 to start the second half and take its first lead at 41-37. Kevin Johnson answered with Cincinnati's next eight points to get the Bearcats back on top by two. Cincinnati clung to the lead, building it to 57-50 with 41 seconds left and holding on with Troy Caupain's breakaway layup after a scramble for the ball with eight seconds left sealing the win.

Johnson finished with 11 points for the Bearcats (17-6, 8-3 American Athletic).

Corey Allen Jr. scored 18 points and Troy Holston Jr. 16 for the Bulls (7-17, 1-10), who have lost nine straight games.

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