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
Akron13-526-934
Ohio11-723-1281
Kent St.10-819-13124
Buffalo10-820-1591
Miami (Ohio)6-1213-20195
Bowling Green5-1316-18201
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Ball St.10-821-14179
C. Michigan10-817-16155
N. Illinois9-921-12136
E. Michigan9-918-15113
Toledo8-1017-15182
W. Michigan7-1113-19203

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SMU13-525-513
Houston12-622-1088
Cincinnati12-622-1148
Tulsa12-620-1258
UConn11-725-1132
Memphis8-1019-15139
UCF6-1212-18219
E. Carolina4-1412-20217
So. Florida4-148-25229
Tulane3-1512-22231
 
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