South Florida Bench Shows It Can Contribute In Victory Over Kent State

Drew GatewoodAnalyst INovember 26, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Head coach Stan Heath of the USF Bulls looks on from the sidelines 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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Stan Heath finally let the Bulls out of the corral last night, playing deep into his bench and gaining a 76-54 victory over Kent State. Eleven of the fifteen Bulls had over ten minuets of time, most of which came into the second half after USF took a 41-20 lead.

Led once again by Augustus Gilchrist's 19 points and 7 rebounds, the Bulls dominated an unprepared Golden Flash team. Jarrid Famous added 16 points and eight rebounds, while Dominique Jones chipped in 10 points. These three proved once again that they are USF's heart and soul as they were the only players in double figures.

The real story of the game was that USF gained enough of a lead early in the game to get their rarely used bench involved. This precious playing time will prove beneficial come conference play as the youth of this team will be called upon during that time to step up and produce.

Mike Mercer and Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led the backups with six and nine points respectively. Jordan Dumars, son of Joe Dumars, saw his first meaningful action of the season and chipped in six points of his own.

Overall, The bench scored 25 of USF's 76 points and was responsible for five of the teams 13 turnovers.

USF's stayed hot from their previously game against UNC-Wilmington, shooting 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc.

USF (5-1) next will face an in state rival the FAU Owls (2-2), who have had a Jekyll and Hyde type of season by either winning big or getting blown out. The Bulls hope for the latter so that they can continue to develop their young bench before the end of December.