South Florida 73, Florida Southern 43

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.”