The Bulls surprised even themselves tonight with a dominating performance against the Virginia Cavaliers. USF crashed the boards all night giving them a 33-20 rebound advantage over the Cavs. Virginia didn’t have an answer to the stifling Bulls defense it faced, especially in the paint.
Virginia was the only ACC team to bring back all five of last year’s starters. It didn’t matter however, as Dominique Jones went off for 22 points and 7 rebounds. He was also named player of the game, the first of the season but surely not the last.
Augustus Gilchrist added 18 points and 8 rebounds; his counterpart in the post, Jarrid Famous had another solid game for the Bulls with 12 points and eight rebounds. Justin Leemow added some depth off the bench with nine points.
Sylven Landesberg was supposed to come into the Sun Dome and challenge Dominique Jones to see who was the best player on the court. Landesberg managed to shoot only 5-14 from the field with 14 points. He was the Cavs leading scorer and didn’t get much help from the rest of the team, as he was the only player in double figures. Mike Scott was the next closest with nine points and five rebounds.
Virginia shot 32 percent from the field, and a miserable 16 percent from behind the arc. USF trumped both of these, shooting 53 percent from the field and a remarkable 45 percent from three-point range. The Bulls managed to best Virginia in every statistical category on their way to victory including blocks, assists, and steals.
USF (2-0) got a quality win tonight against what should be a good Virginia team. USF’s next game is against Davidson (0-1) on November 19. Davidson was in a shootout in their opener with No. 10 Butler before falling late. USF will have to continue to improve on tonight’s game, but has shown it can compete with good teams already this season.