James Madison 66, South Florida 61

Denzel Bowles had 24 points and seven rebounds, leading James

Madison to a 66-61 victory over South Florida on Saturday


Junior college transfers Jawanza Poland and Hugh Robertson each

had season highs with 19 points for South Florida (6-6). Jarrid

Famous added 11, all in the first half, for the Bulls. Robertson

grabbed 11 rebounds and Famous had 10.

Bowles, who came in ranked sixth nationally with a 64.6 shooting

percentage from the field, was 3 for 9 in the first half. He scored

15 points in the second half and finished 9 for 18 overall, helping

James Madison (8-3) overcome a 10-point deficit.

Devon Moore added 14 points and Rayshawn Goins had 11 rebounds

for the Dukes.

South Florida hit seven of its first eight shots en route to an

18-4 advantage. James Madison immediately responded with a 17-2 run

for the first of six lead changes in the opening half.

The Bulls led 34-30 at the break and rebuilt their lead to 10 in

the second half before Bowles sparked the winning rally.

South Florida junior Augustus Gilchrist missed his third

consecutive game because of a dispute with coach Stan Heath. The

6-foot-10 forward, who averaged 10.7 points and 6.1 rebounds

through nine games, apologized to the team and fans Friday and is

expected to play Wednesday night at Cleveland State.