South Florida 76, Georgia Southern 63

Augustus Gilchrist collected 23 points and seven rebounds,
leading South Florida to a 76-63 victory over Georgia Southern in
the first round of the eight-team South Padre Island Invitational
on Sunday.

Toarlyn Fitzpatrick added 13 points and nine rebounds for South
Florida (2-2). Jarrid Famous and Jawanza Poland finished with 12
and 10, respectively, for the Bulls.

Ben Drayton scored 19 points to lead Georgia Southern. Spencer
finished with 17 and Eric Ferguson added 13 for the Eagles, who
shot 39 percent (23-for-59), hitting only 2 of 14 from behind the
arc.

Gilchrist was 8-for-8 from the floor. He hit five first-half
shots as the Bulls hit 63 percent en route to a 39-30 lead at the
break. They finished at 60 percent (24-for-40) overall.

South Florida led 12-2 before Rory Spencer made the first field
goal for Georgia Southern (2-2) nearly six minutes into the
game.

South Florida also had a 12-2 run to go up by 17 midway through
the second half, but Georgia Southern immediately responded with
nine unanswered points to cut the deficit to 57-49 with 8:40
remaining.