USF-Hampton: The Bulls Make Pirates Walk the Plank, 74-55

Drew GatewoodAnalyst IDecember 2, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 10:  Paul Gause #22 of the Seton Hall Pirates fights for a loose ball against Augustus Gilchrist #24 of the USF Bulls 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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USF (7-1) once again dominated a lesser opponent on their way to a 74-55 win over Hampton. The guards took over this time as both Dominique Jones and Chris Howard had 13 points apiece.

Jarrid Famous had 16 points and 10 rebounds, for his second double double on the season, while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had 11 points as the only other Bulls player in double figures.

Augustus Gilchrist—who was named Big East Player of the week—struggled, going 4-10 with nine points and seven rebounds. This was one of his worst performances on the season. To make matters worse, he went 1-3 from the charity strip and even attempted an ill advised three-pointer that clanked off the back iron.

Stan Heath has been getting the bench involved lately, this time letting 10 of the 15 Bulls players in the game. The Bulls shot 49 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc. The most important stat for USF was that they had 20 team assists to Hampton’s 11. Most of these were due to penetration by the guards and dishing to either Gilchrist, Famous, or Fitzpatrick.

The Pirates were outmatched plain and simple in this one with only two players in double figures and 14 turnovers. Charles Funches had 11 for the Pirates and Kwame Morgan added 10 points in another loosing effort for Hampton (2-6).

The Bulls go at it once again on December 13th against the Central Michigan Chippewa’s (3-4). CMU has yet to win on the road this season, and the Bulls look to extent that loosing streak.

The Bulls will look to capitalize on the post play against the Chippewa’s, considering they have had suspect defense in the paint this season. Look for Famous and Gilchrist to have big games in route to another victory for USF.