USF hoops routs Chile 103-31 in Brazil
It costs Stan Heath $3 a minute to call back to the United States, but he took the time to make a quick call with an update on his team's showing in the Pan American University Games in Brazil.
Tuesday's game, their second in the tournament, saw the Bulls dominate Chile 103-31, with center Jarrid Famous leading five USF players in double figures with 24 points. Sophomore guard Mike Burwell, who sat out Monday's opener with a one-game suspension, had 15 points, with fellow sophomore Shaun Noriega continuing a strong week with 14 points. Freshman point guard Lavonte Dority had 12 and forward Gus Gilchrist had 10 points despite getting to watch the second half after a 59-15 halftime lead.
"We came out blazing, and the score shows we played well," Heath said. "I thought we came out very intense, forced turnovers, made a lot of shots. We probably shot 75 percent in the first half, and that's good even if you're by yourself in the gym."
Up next is the host nation, Brazil, and Heath expects them to be among the toughest teams in the tournament, a team he's likely to face again this weekend in the semifinals or finals. Heath said he's been pleased by the speed of his team, including point guard Anthony Crater.
"We've had good speed out there, really running the ball and putting a lot of pressure on the ball. It's disrupting the other team's offense, and I'm very pleased with that," Heath said.
-- And if you missed USF's opening win against Colombia -- or if you're well aware of it -- you'll like this online translation of a local story on the Bulls' win in Brazil. I fear something might be lost in translation. ... The Bulls improve to 1-0 this year when they "entitle the buried for vibration."