USF coach Rex Walters was searching for any sort of positives after the Dons' 66-52 loss at No. 10 Gonzaga.
His defense is what stood out in the end.
"We held a Top-25 team to 23 points in the second half," Walters said Saturday night. "They average 80, we held them to 66."
But the defense wasn't enough to offset the inconsistencies on the offensive end.
"We got good shots, but the shots in the first half were just so bad, quite honestly," Walters added. "Our quality of shot was a lot better in the second half."
The Dons made six more field goals in the second half than in the first, but shot just 39 percent for the game.
USF (9-12, 2-6 West Coast Conference) outscored Gonzaga (19-2, 6-0) 31-23 in the second half, but being down 22 points at halftime was too much to overcome.
Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points for Gonzaga, which hasn't lost at home to USF since the 1988-89 season.
Chris Adams led USF with nine points and Avry Holmes scored eight.
Santa Clara 64, San Diego 50: Marc Trasolini had 23 points and eight rebounds as Santa Clara won its fourth straight game, defeating host San Diego.
Evan Roquemore added 18 points and Kevin Foster had 15 for the Broncos (16-6, 4-3 West Coast), who broke the game open by shooting 58 percent from the field and hitting 14 of 16 free throws in the second half. Ken Rancifer had 14 points for San Diego (11-11, 4-3).
Foster's point total moved him past Bill Cartwright (2,116 points, 1975-79) into third place on the all-time scoring list in the WCC with 2,118 points.
Trasolini had three blocked shots, moving him past Nick Vanos (159, 1981-85) into the No. 2 spot in school history with 160.
Texas-Arlington 66, San Jose State 47: Greg Gainey had 17 points to lead the Mavericks (10-8, 5-4 WAC) past the Spartans (9-11, 3-6) at the Event Center. Chris Cunningham had 13 points and 10 rebounds for San Jose State, which shot 21.9 percent from the field on the way to its fifth straight defeat.
Duke 84, Maryland 64: Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points and the No. 1 Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) bounced back from one of their worst losses under Mike Krzyzewski by routing visiting Maryland (15-5, 3-4).
Villanova 75, Syracuse 71: Ryan Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send host Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team this week, beating No. 3 Syracuse.
The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC.
Georgetown 53, Louisville 51: Otto Porter had 17 points and grabbed the game's decisive rebound with 1.4 seconds to play, leading the host Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 Big East) to a win over No. 5 Louisville, the Cardinals' (16-4, 4-3) third straight loss.
Arizona 74, USC 50: Nick Johnson scored 14 points and the No. 6 Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) used a stifling defense to bounce back from a home loss and rout the visiting Trojans (8-13, 3-5).
Oregon 81, Washington 76: E.J. Singler scored 18 points and the No. 16 Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) stayed undefeated at home with a win against the Huskies (12-8, 4-3). Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for Oregon.
La Salle 69, VCU 61: Ramon Galloway scored 31 points, 12 during an 18-4 run in the second half, and the Explorers (14-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10) beat a top 25 team for the second game in a row for the first time in 60 years, upsetting the No.-19 the Rams (16-5, 4-2).
Baylor 82, Oklahoma 65: Brittney Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots while also scoring 15 points to lead six Baylor players in double figures, and the top-ranked Lady Bears extended their home-court winning streak to 50 with a victory over No 20 Oklahoma.
With eight in the game before fouling out, the 6-foot-8 Griner has 665 career blocks, two more than Louella Tomlinson of Saint Mary's from 2007-11.
Portland 71, Santa Clara 68: Ricki Radanovich (Carondelet High) scored a career-high 24 points but the Broncos (12-8, 4-3 WCC) fell at home to the Pilots (6-13, 1-5).
San Jose State 78, UT Arlington 70: Ta'Rea Cunnigan equaled her career high with 30 points and the Spartans (8-12, 5-4 WAC) earned their first road win of the year defeating the Mavericks (3-16, 1-8). Riana Byrd had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Spartans.
USF 65, BYU 56: Zhane Dikes led three Dons in double figures with 19 points as USF (9-11, 2-5 WCC) beat the visiting Cougars (13-6, 4-2).
Wire services contributed to this report.