USF Bulls Slip By Davidson Wildcats 65-58

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 19, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Dominique Jones #20 of the USF Bulls  reacts after a play against the Seton Hall Pirates during the first round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 10, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Augusts Gilchrist helped the Bulls to their 3-0 start with 21 points and eight rebounds. It wasn’t pretty for Gilchrist who went just 3-9 from the field, but made up for it on the line going 15-16.

Dominique Jones had a double double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He was four assists shy of a triple double, and without his five turnovers could have made a serious run at it.

The Bulls out rebounded the Wildcats 39-26 and also had an advantage in the steal department with nine to Davidson’s three. Both teams played sloppy in the first half and finished with 16 turnovers a piece for the game. Davidson’s 23 personal fouls help USF capitalize and pull away getting more opportunities at the line than the Wildcats.

The USF bench once again failed to show up managing only six points and three rebounds. As the season progresses more and more will be expected from players like Justin Leemow and Toarlyn Fiztpatrick.

The Bulls shot 40 percent from the field, including a miserable 27 percent from three-point range. The only saving grace for USF was that Davidson shot 36 percent from the field with an even worse 26 percent from behind the arc.

Will Archambault led the Wildcats with 14 points and six rebounds. He also got help from Bryant Barr who chipped in 13 points and Steve Rossiter who added 10 points and six rebounds.

The Wildcats Bench was responsible for 19 of Davidson’s 58 points and nine of the teams 26 rebounds. Unfortunately for Davidson they also contributed to eight of the teams 16 turnovers.

USF (3-0) will continue to put their unbeaten streak on the line when they face Kent State (3-1) on Wednesday. The Bulls current progress is promising considering they should be favored in most of their remaining non-conference games.