J. Meric

Bulls Seek Early Success on the Road

November 25, 2012

WHO: USF (3-2) at Stetson (2-1)

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday

WHERE: Edmunds Center, DeLand, Fla.

RADIO: 98.7 The Fan - Jim Lighthall (play-by-play), Jim Louk (analyst)



USF Senior Writer

TAMPA - The Bulls will hit the road for the first time this season after picking up a ton of confidence at home.

USF plays its first away game 7 p.m. Monday at Stetson after posting its most impressive performance of the season in an 82-63 victory over Bradley on Nov. 20 at the Sun Dome.

The Bulls have gotten a much needed break after the Bradley win marked USF's fourth game in a five-day span. USF (3-2) has won three of its past four games and the Bulls accomplished a lot the last time out.

Head coach Stan Heath wanted to see more production on the boards and USF responded by outrebounding Bradley, 42-32, while shooting a season-best 51.9 percent from the field. The Bulls' defense also came to play, limiting the Braves to a field goal percentage of 20 percent and allowing Bradley to make just three of 15 3-point attempts.

Shaun Noriega made his first start of the season and scored 14 points. Victor Rudd posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick led the Bulls with 16 points. Star point guard Anthony Collins started a double-digit assist streak with 10 dishes and accounted for 31 of the team's 82 points.

"We did a little bit of everything," Heath said. "We rebounded, we shot the ball well from (3-point range) and we defended most of the game."

The Bulls return home to the Sun Dome on Friday, Nov. 30 to host Georgia in the Big East/SEC Challenge at 7 p.m. 

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