TAMPA — Junior forward Augustus Gilchrist was 8-for-8 from the field on the way to a 23-point game, leading USF to a 76-63 win against Georgia Southern on Sunday afternoon before an announced crowd of 2,722 at the Sun Dome.
Gilchrist, who matched the second-best total of his Bulls career, led four players in double digits. Sophomore forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who had totaled six points in the first three games, matched a career high with 13 points, adding a game-high nine rebounds in just 16 minutes off the bench.
Senior center Jarrid Famous had 12 points, and sophomore guard Jawanza Poland added 10. Point guard Anthony Crater had seven assists, his best total in two seasons with the Bulls.
"No turning back," Famous said. "We came off a rocky start. … Now we've just got to keep on going, keep the train moving."
The Bulls (2-2) bounced back from a loss at UCF on Thursday, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and staying in control, with Georgia Southern getting no closer than seven in the second half and USF leading by as many as 17. USF's perimeter defense improved, as GSU (2-2) went 2-for-14 on 3-pointers. Guard Ben Drayton led the Eagles with 19.
The game served as the opening round of the South Padre Island Invitational; the Bulls will be in Texas this weekend to play BYU and either Texas Tech or St. Mary's to complete the tournament. The Bulls next play Tuesday at home against Liberty.