Box Score Season Stats
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Anderson Jr., Ron
7-8 0-0 3-11 17
Georgia Southern FG-A 3FG-A FT-A Pts.
Powers, Willie
6-9 1-2 1-1 14
USF Off. Def. Total
Fitzpatrick, Toarlyn
2 5 7
Georgia Southern Off. Def. Total
Powers, Willie
2 6 8
USF Asst. Blk. Stl.
Collins, Anthony
6 0 2
Georgia Southern Asst. Blk. Stl.
Powers, Willie
6 0 2







Team 1        2     Final
Georgia Southern 22 24 46
USF 31 35 66









USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - Ron Anderson Jr. fell one point shy of a career-high scoring night with 17 points and a new-look Bulls offense shot 61 percent in a 66-46 victory over Georgia Southern before an announced crowd of 2,361 at the St. Pete Times Forum.

USF (4-2) was without Augustus Gilchrist, its All-Big East honorable mention forward, because of a lingering shoulder injury he suffered over the weekend.
Anderson Jr. carried the load inside by going 7-for-8 from the field and adding four rebounds.

"Ron really anchored the middle scoring inside and really being a factor in there," head coach Stan Heath said.

A different offensive attack helped, too. USF used a two point guard approach for most of the night with freshman Anthony Collins dishing out six assists and Blake Nash scoring nine points.

"It was good to see how the two little guys played together," Heath said. "Them out there was like a whole bunch of mosquitos causing a lot of havoc out there."

The Bulls didn't have much of a problem scoring without Gilchrist on the way to a 31-22 halftime lead. USF shot 65 percent from the field and was powered by Anderson Jr.'s 10 points (5-for-5). LaVonte Dority also was perfect from the floor (2-for-2) and had six points.

Bulls fans also got their first glimpse of Collins, who used his excellent court vision to dish out five assists in just 11 minutes. The 6-foot-1 freshman guard missed USF's first five games because of an injury and an illness.

"Boy A.C. just makes a huge difference having him out there. He really hasn't even had a full practice yet with full contact," said Heath of Collins, who played a total of 21 minutes. "I think as time goes on you'll see more and more out of him."

Thanks to Collins and USF's other two guards, the Bulls were able to finish the half 10-for-10 from inside the arch.

"That penetration just makes the game so different," Heath said. "I think by far this season that's was the best zone attack we've had all year long."

Georgia Southern shot 34 percent from the floor in the opening period, but was able to keep it close heading into the locker room thanks to an 8-0 run in the final minutes. Five of those points came from Willie Powers, who had a team-high nine at the half.

"Give Georgia Southern credit. I thought they turned it up a little bit," said Heath, who admitted the Bulls went to more of a zone during the stretch to avoid fouls.

The Bulls answered right back at the start of the second half by going on a 9-0 run that pumped their lead up to 18.

"At halftime we really challenge the guys," Heath said. "I thought our guys responded in a big way. We made the nice push and I thought that really kept momentum going our way for the rest of the half."

USF's lead never dipped below 11 points the rest of the way and the victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bulls, who could get Gilchrist back for Saturday's 7 p.m. game against FAU at the University of Tampa.

"We've got to see some improvement tomorrow and Friday to make it happen. We want to be smart about it," Heath said.