Florida Southern vs South Florida

South Florida 73, Florida Southern 43


LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Augustus Gilchrist had 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots, leading South Florida to a 73-43 victory against Florida Southern on Wednesday night.

Blake Nash added 13 points, Toarlyn Fitzpatrick finished with 12 and Ron Anderson Jr. had 11 rebounds to go with seven points for the Bulls (3-0).

Kevin Capers scored 13 points and Brett Bailey had 12 for Division II Florida Southern in its season opener.

Victor Rudd Jr. scored six of his eight points as South Florida charged to a 14-4 advantage. The Bulls had a 33-16 halftime lead midway through a 15-2 run.

The Moccasins hit only 18.4 percent (7 of 38) of their shots in the first half and 25.7 percent (18 of 70) overall.

"Our defense was better than it's been the previous two games by far," South Florida coach Stan Heath said. "They missed some shots that I know they can make, but . we had a size advantage."

That wasn't lost on Capers, a 6-foot-1 freshman.

"I don't think most of us have played against such tall players, so that kind of affected our shots a little bit," he said. "If we worked hard in practice I think it would have been a better game."

Florida Southern struggled from long range throughout the game, missing all but one of 13 attempts in the first half and all seven tries after the break.

"That was really different for us," Bailey said. "Especially in practice, we've got guys draining them left and right."

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Florida Southern
B. Bailey, F216-110-030512
G. Putman, F211-52-27024
D. Lane, G291-70-04002
S. Evans, G261-100-03223
K. Capers, G216-171-122413
C. Vines222-91-13025
T. Kelly200-52-20102
K. Tazioli151-30-06022
A. Hawkins120-20-02110
J. Gardner110-00-21120
J. Williams20-10-00000
M. Burton00-00-00000
Totals 18-706-83572043
South Florida Bulls
A. Gilchrist, F295-114-791115
V. Rudd, F293-111-25318
R. Anderson Jr., F213-51-211437
L. Dority, G232-40-03316
S. Noriega, G230-40-02120
T. Fitzpatrick245-80-083012
B. Nash245-82-352413
H. Robertson234-60-05218
A. Damour42-30-12014
Totals 29-608-1553191473

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
So. Miss6-129-22331
North Texas2-168-22339
Other games
Stetson 66 Final
Florida St 79
COLG 41 Final
Wisc 68
LB St 86 Final