Bulls Hang on, Beat Vermont 61-59 in Opener

USF kicked off the 2011-12 season with a 61-59 home opening win over Vermont on Saturday. Ron Anderson Jr. had 16 points and nine rebounds and four Bulls scored in double figures in USF's win over the Catamounts.

TAMPA, Fla. – USF Forward Ron Anderson Jr. had 16 points and nine rebounds, leading the Bulls to a 61-59 victory over Vermont in the season opener Saturday night.

Four Bulls scored in double figures in home opener over the Catamounts, Anderson had 16, and guard Shawn Noriega added 15 points for the Bulls with forwards Gus Gilchrist and Victor Rudd Jr. each scoring 12.

The Bulls were ahead most of the game and led by 12 with 10 minutes left, but Vermont Rallied and cut the lead to one with a minute to play.

Four McGlynn led Vermont with 17 points, but missed a game-tying layup with 1 second left. Matt Glass, who finished with 13 points, but his put-back of the final rebound reached the rim a split second too late officials ruled.

During the first period, there were four lead changes before USF took a 31-27 halftime lead with eight points apiece from Anderson, Noriega and Rudd. McGlynn hit 3 of 4 from long range and had 11 points at the break. The Catamounts outshot the Bulls from the field in the first half but were outscored 7-0 at the free-throw line.

Blake Nash hit a 3-pointer midway through the second half to give the Bulls its largest lead at 49-37.

Luke Apfeld had 10 points for the Catamounts, and capped a Vermont rally with a layup with 10.5 seconds to go, trimming the deficit to 60-59. Noriega was immediately fouled and hit the second of two free throws at the other end.

USF committed only five turnovers, with sophomore Lavonte Dority getting six assists and no turnovers.

The Bulls opened with a victory and Vermont, who finished last season with five consecutive road victories lost its road opener.

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