South Florida 68, FAU 55
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds,
leading South Florida to a 68-55 victory over Florida Atlantic
Ron Anderson Jr. added 14 points and 12 rebounds for South
Florida (5-2), undefeated in five home games.
The phrase ”home games” is a relative one for USF, as they are
playing them away from their usual home at the Sun Dome on campus
while it undergoes major renovations during the season. Tonight’s
game was played at the University of Tampa and the Bulls also play
home games at the St. Pete Times Forum – home of the NHL’s Tampa
Anthony Collins and Victor Rudd Jr. added 12 and 11 points,
respectively, for USF.
Collins, a freshman playing only his second game, impressed
Bulls coach Stan Heath.
”The game really took a different turn when he came in there,”
Heath said. ”Some of the plays he makes create an extra excitement
for your teammates – that lifts them up, too.”
Freshman guard Omari Grier hit 6 of 13 shots from beyond the arc
– five in the second half – and finished with 20 points to lead
Florida Atlantic (3-4). Pablo Bertone added 11 for Owls.
”I’m a little disappointed. He should have probably had 10 3s
because every one of them was wide open, just about,” FAU coach
Mike Jarvis said of Grier. ”We had a ton of open shots. You’ve got
to make them.”
South Florida trailed midway through the first half before a
17-2 run put the Bulls ahead 31-20. They led 39-23 at the break,
then took their biggest lead early in the second half at 47-25.
FAU immediately responded with a 23-10 run capped by a 3-pointer
that cut the deficit to 57-48 with 5 minutes to go. The Owls
outscored the Bulls 30-27 in the second half, but it wasn’t
South Florida avenged its only defeat in 13 games in its series
against FAU – a 50-42 road loss last season.
”Obviously, we left with a sour taste from last year, and we
wanted to play well,” Heath said.
South Florida senior forward Augustus Gilchrist, 45 career
points shy of 1,000, missed his second straight game with an