The South Florida Bulls finally put a complete game together after their struggles in the past two games. Led by Dominique Jones’ 28 points, the Bulls jumped all over UNC-Wilmington in the second half.
The Bulls (4-1) had a 37-32 led at half, but with the combined effort of Jones and Augustus Gilchrist’s 14 second-half points the Bulls pulled away to win 74-66.
The Bulls defense caused 18 Seahawk turnovers, most of which were from Dominique Jones’ impressive six steals.
Jarrid Famous chipped in 13 points, and has had a very impressive pair of games in the back half of the Charleston Classic. He has scored in double figures both times and is averaging 15 points and six rebounds during that stretch.
The bench continues to be of concern as the production is lacking. But with the starters scoring like they are it’s serviceable for now.
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had three points and six rebounds while Mike Mercer had four points and four rebounds in their 22 minutes apiece off the bench.
USF’s three-point shooting woes continued as they went a dismal 1-of-12, with Jones making the lone three for the Bulls. They shot 51 percent from the field including the season low three-point percentage.
The post play has carried the shooting percentage and scoring throughout the first part of the season, as the perimeter shooting has been inconsistent at best.
UNC Wilmington had three starters in double digits, and played tough in the first half. Their lack of discipline killed any chances of rallying in the second half, both with fouls and turnovers.
Both John Fields and Chad Tomko had 17 for the Seahawks, and were assisted by Will Ohuaregbe’s 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Bulls should be able to take this momentum into their next game against Kent State (3-1) on Wednesday. Kent State is a perennial MAC Champion contender and will provide an up-tempo challenge for USF.
This game starts a five-game home stretch that the Bulls need to take advantage of if they have any hope for postseason play.