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.