USF Drops Road Test at West Virginia, 56-46

By: USF Sports Communications
By: USF Sports Communications

Morgantown, WV - The University of South Florida men’s basketball team lost a BIG EAST Conference contest, 56-46, to No. 21 West Virginia on Sunday at the WVU Coliseum. The Bulls dropped to 7-14 on the season and 1-7 in conference play, while the Mountaineers improved to 13-5 (4-2 BIG EAST).

Augustus Gilchrist led the Bulls with 20 points, 10 rebounds and a block. Jawanza Poland added nine points, two rebounds, an assist and the only Bulls three-pointer of the game.

Ron Anderson Jr. contributed by collecting 10 rebounds, six points, a block and a steal.

Kevin Jones, John Flowers and Casey Mitchell each tallied 13 points, leading West Virginia in scoring.

The Bulls shot 31 percent from the field (16 of 51), seven percent from beyond the arc (1 of 13) and 72 percent from the free throw line (13 of 18).

In the first half, USF relied heavily on Gilchrist, who had eight points, four rebounds and a block. Anderson Jr. and Hugh Robertson each added four points in the half.

USF traded scores with West Virginia until a 10-minute field goal drought that began at the 10:52 mark. West Virginia was able to capitalize on the Bulls’ offensive struggles by going on an 11-0 run, which ended with a Robertson alley-oop dunk, assisted by Anthony Crater, with 1:10 left in the opening stanza.

The Bulls shot 25 percent from the field and failed to connect on any of their six attempts from the three-point line.

Despite USF’s poor shooting performance, the Bulls’ defense was able to keep them close at the half, trailing 27-16.

In the second half, USF received contributions from its frontcourt with back-to-back scores in the paint by Anderson Jr. and Gilchrist, cutting the West Virginia lead to seven.

However, the Mountaineers responded with a 9-0 run that ended with a Jarrid Famous field goal at the 14:13 mark, leaving West Virginia firmly in front, 36-22.

West Virginia maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second half until Jawanza Poland cut the Mountaineers lead to seven by connecting from the three-point line with 1:44 left in the game. But, West Virginia was able to hold off the Bulls’ end-game efforts, finishing the game on top, 56-46.

The Bulls return to action on Thursday, Jan. 27 when they host DePaul at the Sun Dome. The game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. EST tip and will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

-USF held WVU to only two three-point field goals. WVU averages six treys a game.
-Jawanza Poland made both of his free throws on the day. Poland has made 18 consecutive free throws and 25 of his last 27 attempts.
-Augustus Gilchrist has collected seven or more rebounds in six of his last seven games.
-Augustus Gilchrist notched his third double-double of the season by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. His other double-doubles came against Louisville and Villanova.
-Augustus Gilchrist matched a season high with 10 rebounds. He also registered 10 rebounds against Louisville, Villanova and Southern Miss.
-Ron Anderson Jr. had 10 rebounds. It’s his first double-digit rebounding performance since he collected 13 boards against Cleveland State on Dec. 22.
-WVU is one of only three teams to outrebound USF this year. Seton Hall and FAU were the other two teams to outrebound USF.

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