Coach Stan Heath and the USF men's basketball team returned home and beat Georgia Southern, 76-63, at the USF Sun Dome Sunday, improving to 2-2 on the season. USF shot 60 percent from the field and scored 76 points, which were both season highs.
Forward Gus Gilchrist led the Bulls in scoring with a season high 23 points, hitting 8-8 from the field and tied a USF record with his perfect shooting.
The Bulls began with a 9-0 run to start the game, and the USF's front court, Jarrid Famous), Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, Augustus Gilchrist, and Ron Anderson Jr., scored 18 of the team's first 21 points. The only other bucket was a three by Anthony Crater. Gilchrist's 23 points, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick's 13 and Jarrid Famous' 12 points were all season-high point totals
Forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick came off the bench and almost got a double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing nine rebounds which were both season highs, in only 16 minutes.
Jawanza Poland led the Bulls guards in scoring with 10 points, guard Anthony Crater had a career high seven assists to go with five points and five rebounds, and Hugh Robertson chipped in 7 points, had 3 steals, and 3 rebounds.
The Bulls shot a season high 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, hitting 15 of 24 shots as the bulls opened with a 9-0 run to begin the game, and led at the half 39-30, the Bulls biggest halftime lead of the season. The Bulls opened up a 7-point lead after a 12-2 run midway through the half before Georgia Southern went on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to eight. The Bulls responded with another 12-2 run to regain their 17-point lead with four minutes left in the game and took it home from there.
Four USF players scored in double figures for the first time this season, Gilchrist (23), Fitzpatrick (13), Famous (12) and Poland (10).
The Bulls (2-2) host Liberty on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Sun Dome.