USF men's hoops cruises to 75-43 exhibition win at UT
Here's correspondent Ian Lanphier's game story from tonight's men's basketball exhibition at the University of Tampa:
TAMPA -- USF had little trouble taking down an overmatched UT in its 75-43 exhibition victory Saturday night at the Bob Martinez Sports Center.
On the strength of their 45-27 rebounding advantage and nearly 54 percent shooting, the Bulls got to see what the team may look like this year, with newcomers possibly playing a larger role.
"I was expecting us to come out ready to go," coach Stan Heath said. "I think the guys were excited to play somebody else. You get tired of beating yourself up all the time, but I thought we came with a business-like approach and we got the job done."
One of those newcomers, forward Victor Rudd, nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. He had a vicious dunk in the second half that got the crowd excited.
Heath said he relied on point guard LaVonte Dority, who had four points and five assists in 28 minutes, as the primary ballhandler after he had a solid week of practices heading into the game. One area where USF has a definite need to improve is free-throw shooting. The Bulls shot just 47 percent from the line, making 15 of 32 attempts.
Senior forward Augustus Gilchrist led the Bulls with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Guard Shaun Noriega had 11 points, and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick added eight points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Stefon Barfield and Ashton Graham led the Spartans with 11 points piece. For the game, UT was held to 29 percent shooting.