Head Coach Stan Heath and the USF men's basketball team won their second game in a row, beating Liberty 60-43, thanks to two Bulls making their first career starts with USF Tuesday night at the Sun Dome, and improved to 3-2 on the year,.
With starting point guard Anthony Crater on the bench with an injured left ankle kept, sophomore guard Mike Burwell got his first career start for the Bulls and lead the Bulls with a game-high 15 points. On his first shot attempt of the season Burwell nailed an opening three-pointer, then went a perfect 4 of 4, before finishing 5-for-7 beyond the arch.
Junior forward Ron Anderson Jr. also made his first USF career start and made his presence known early, picking up 15 rebounds in the opening period, and finishing with a career high 17 overall, the highest total of the year for USF. Anderson also added six points and three assists in the victory.
USF shot 43.8 percent from the field, and 40 percent from beyond the arc on the night, and held Liberty to just 29.2 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range. The Bulls also out rebounded Liberty 37 to 28..
Burwell electrified the crowd with a game opening three-pointer, his first shot attempt all season. He led the team with a career-high 15 points, going 5-for-7 beyond the arch.
The Bulls (3-2) now travel to South Padre Island, Texas, to continue the South Padre Invitational, with a game against BYU on Friday.
Mike Burell lead USF with 15 pts, 5 for 7 from beyond the arc, 2 ast
Ron Anderson had 17 rebounds and 6 pts, 3 ast, 1 stl
Hugh Robertson 7 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast
LaVaonte Dority 7 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast
Jawanza Poland 7pts
Shawn Noreiga 7 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk
Jarrid Famous 5 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick 3 pts, 2 reb
Gus Gilchrist 3 pts,3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
Both Ron Anderson Jr. and Mike Burwell made their first USF-career starts.
Ron Anderson Jr.'s 15 first-half rebounds are more than any Bull pulled down in an entire game during the 2009-10 season.
Mike Burwell's game opening three was his first shot of the season and he finished 5-of-7 from the arc with a career-high 15 points.
The Bulls' 10 3-point field goals are the most this season, surpassing the nine they had against St. Francis.
Alberto Damour, a 6-6 senior from Poinciana, Fla., made his first appearance as a Bull.
Ron Anderson Jr. out rebounded the entire Liberty Flames team during the first half, 15 to 12.
Anderson Jr. grabbed 15 rebounds to tie the school record (since the 2002-03 season) for most rebounds in a half.
After starting the game with a 5-5 tie, the Bulls went on a 10-0 run to make it 15-5. Later in the half they went on another 10-0 run to go ahead 29-10.
The Bulls took a season-high 24-point lead at 8:07 in the second period against Liberty.
USF's 15-point halftime lead is the largest of the season, surpassing the nine-point lead against Georgia Southern.
Freshman guard LaVonte Dority scored a career high seven points, surpassing his two-point total against Georgia Southern.
USF took the 7-5 lead at 15:41 remaining in the first period and never lost it.