The USF Bulls (3-0) dominated from start to finish as they beat the Florida Southern Mocs (0-1) 73-43 tonight at the Lakeland Center. Augustus Gilchrist lead a balanced USF scoring attack with 15 points, while Blake Nash and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick provided some quality production off the bench with 13 and 12 points respectively.
USF was clearly the superior team tonight, and it showed from opening tip. USF rushed out to a quick 14-4 lead, and the Bulls never let the Mocs in the game. FSC was clearly bothered by USF’s size advantage, and only shot 26% on the night. The Mocs were even worse from behind the arc, making only 1 of 20 attempts from 3.
The Bulls were able to get high quality shots most of the night, and were able to connect on 48% of them. The Bulls were even better from 3 where they shot 50% from downtown. USF also had a clear advantage on the glass, outrebounding FSC 53-35. Ron Anderson Jr. led way on the boards with 11 rebounds.
The Bulls will now head up to Uncasville, Connecticut to play the final two games of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-ff this weekend. The first game will be against Old Dominion on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
The Florida State Seminoles coasted to a 13 point victory over the Stetson Hatters, 79-66. The Noles jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Hatters got on the scoreboard. Early on the Hatters went on a run to pull within one point, but another run by the Noles saw them pull away and take a 42-34 lead into halftime.
The Noles kept it going in the second half as the Hatters couldn't cut the lead and get back into the game. Sophomore Okaro White led the Noles with 18 points, while Bernard James added another 15 points to go along with his 11 rebounds. The Noles got plenty of help off their bench, with Deividas Dulkys adding another 16 points off the bench.
After 20 minutes of play at the Lakeland Center, the USF Bulls lead the Florida Southern Mocs 33-16. Augustus Gilchrist is just off the pace for a triple-double, going for 7 PTS/4 REB/4 BLK in the first half. LaVonte Dority, Blake Nash, and Victor Rudd each have 6 points for the Bulls, while Ron Anderson Jr. has a team high 7 rebounds so far. Cameron Vines leads the Mocs in scoring with 5 points.
The Bulls length was going to pose a problem for the much smaller Mocs, and it has shown. Florida Southern is shooting only 18.4% from the field and is 1-11 from behind the arc. The Bulls also have a significant 25-19 rebounding edge over FSC.
The two things that have plagued USF over the years have been turnovers and free throw percentage, and it has come back to bite the Bulls again tonight. The Bulls are only 5-9 from the charity stripe, and they have already committed 8 turnovers tonight after only giving up 10 in Monday's game against Marist. It should be noted that none of the turnovers have been charged to point guards Dority and Nash.
If there is something to keep an eye on in the 2nd half its both team's foul situation. Shaun Noriega and Anderson Jr. each have two fouls for the Bulls while FSC has four players saddled with 2 fouls.