Monday night marked the start of the USF 2010-11 basketball season, as Stan Heath's basketball squad opened with an exhibition game against D-II Eckerd College.
Augustus Gilchrist led the Bulls with a team-high 14 points and also had eight rebounds and four blocks, as the Bulls beat the Tritons, 75-58
The USF front court figures to be the strength for the Bulls, as senior Jarrid Famous had nine points, seven boards and a pair of blocks, and forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had nine points, 6 boards and 3 blocks on the night.
The Bulls young guards were led by sophomore guard Mike Burwell, who joined Gilchrist as a double digit scorer on the night with 12 points, hitting 2-3-pointers, and pulling down 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal. Sophomore guard Shaun Noriega got the start at shooting guard, and went 4-for-9 from the field with nine points, and hit 1 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line. Freshman Lavonte Dority added six points along with two rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists. Sophomore guard Jawanza Poland played well in his first game, finishing with 8 points, 3 boards, 2 assists, and a pair of steals, one he took from half court for a breakaway slam dunk.
Overall, USF played 10 of 12 players on the roster, with nine different Bulls scoring on the night, as the Bulls shot 52.1 percent from the field, and held the Tritons to just 31.5 percent from the field.
The Bulls will return to the court on Tuesday, when they make their regular season debut on Nov. 12, when they take on Southern Mississippi at 7 p.m. in the Sun Dome.