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Western Michigan vs South Florida

W. Michigan 58, South Florida 53

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Brandon Pokley scored 15 points, Darius Paul had 14, and Western Michigan beat South Florida 58-53 on Sunday.

The victory gave Broncos' coach Steve Hawkins his 300th career win. Nate Hutcheson added 11 for Western Michigan (4-1).

"I truly did not know it until it happened ... when I started I was skinny and had hair," the bald-headed Hawkins said. "The most important thing, we've got a lot of freshmen, and to get the win, to reward the kids for a great effort was the most important thing."

South Florida (2-2) got 16 points from Shaun Noriega. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick chipped in 14 points, while Anthony Collins had 12 assists.

"We've got to be more consistent," Noriega said. "That's been a big issue for us."

Both teams won games Friday and Saturday in the three-day South Florida Invitational.

Jared Klein converted a 3-pointer to give Western Michigan a 55-50 lead with three minutes to go. Jawanza Poland's three-point play cut the USF deficit to 55-53 with just two under minutes remaining, then Hutcheson's late three-point play made it 58-53.

South Florida grabbed a 46-45 lead when Noriega made a 3-pointer and added a three-point play midway through the second half.

"We've got to become a better team at finishing," South Florida coach Stan Heath said. "We were very good at that in the past."

Paul connected on a 3-pointer as Western Michigan went ahead 43-38 with 13 1-2 minutes left.

Fitzpatrick had 12 points to help South Florida take a 36-34 halftime lead. The senior forward made his fourth 3-pointer of the half and Zach LeDay had a slam to put the Bulls ahead 32-25 three minutes before the break.

"We had a chance to really buckle when South Florida took a seven-point lead there," Hawkins said. "I thought that was the critical point in the game."

Pokley hit a pair of long-range jumpers as Western Michigan took an early 10-5 lead. South Florida, keyed by three 3-pointers by Fitzpatrick, went ahead 13-12 six minutes into the game.

Western Michigan outrebounded USF 39-26.

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Western Michigan Broncos
N. Hutcheson, F384-122-362111
D. Paul, F345-122-281314
S. Whittington, C272-82-26236
A. Richie, G281-70-15543
B. Pokley, G266-80-021415
J. Klein141-20-03123
T. Perry140-00-01010
C. Tava131-42-22114
D. Loney61-10-03002
Totals 21-548-1038131958
 38.9%80% 
South Florida Bulls
T. Fitzpatrick, F394-112-261214
V. Rudd, F261-60-03012
K. White, F213-60-03006
A. Collins, G361-50-071232
J. Poland, G162-41-11035
S. Noriega314-115-500116
Z. LeDay192-34-52038
M. Brock80-00-23000
J. Hawkins40-00-01000
Totals 17-4612-1527131353
 37%80% 
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EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Buffalo0-07-224
Kent St.0-08-3132
Bowling Green0-06-3109
Akron0-07-4128
Ohio0-04-6217
Miami (Ohio)0-03-8290
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C. Michigan0-09-1127
E. Michigan0-010-297
Toledo0-07-4183
W. Michigan0-07-4181
N. Illinois0-04-5277
Ball St.0-03-6282

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Temple0-08-435
Memphis0-07-4137
UCF0-07-4238
Houston0-06-4206
Tulsa0-07-566
Connecticut0-05-469
E. Carolina0-06-6300
So. Florida0-06-6230
 
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