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USF Bulls survive overtime win over VCU
USF Bulls survive overtime win over VCU

Tampa, FL - In their second overtime game of the 2010 season, the USF men's basketball team knocked off Virginia Commonwealth University, who was receiving votes in the AP Poll, on Wednesday night 60-59, in an overtime thriller.

Ron Anderson Jr.'s 13 rebounds led the Bulls' onslaught on the boards. It was play down low as time expired that clinched the victory for USF, getting tight defense on the final shot from both Anderson and Augustus Gilchrist.
Anderson picked up a double-double, finishing the game with 10 points, two assists, a game-high four blocks and a steal.
Hugh Robertson led USF with a career-high 14-point performance. He also tore down six rebounds, adding one assist and steal.
Gilchrist also gave the Bulls quality minutes on the front line, scoring 12 points, grabbing, five boards adding an assist, two blocks and three steals.
Jawanza Poland was the spark that the Bulls needed on many occasions Wednesday night, and USF made sure to keep him on the floor. In his team-leading 39 minutes on the floor, Poland scored 11 points, and had six assists and two steals.
An enthusiastic crowd at the Sun Dome watched USF hold VCU's normally high-scoring offense to just 59 points. The Rams came into Wednesday night's game averaging 83.8 points per game.
"Points in bunches" was the theme of the first half, as USF began the game on a 10-2 run, and would eventually lead by a game-high 17 points after an 11-0 run which spanned just over four minutes midway through the half.
VCU would quickly respond with a 10-0 run that extended from the 6:47 mark all the way down to just nine seconds left in the first half, when Augustus Gilchrist hit the final successful attempt of the half. The shot gave USF a 30-20 lead heading into halftime.
The Rams didn't let up in the second half, going on an 8-0 run to pull them within one point. VCU would gain their only lead of the night with just 41.6 seconds left in regulation.
That, however, didn't last long as sophomore guard Jawanza Poland drove the lane for a layup and drew a foul on the other end less than 10 seconds later. Poland would hit the ensuing free throw attempt to put the Bulls up 52-50.
VCU would respond with a lay-in of their own, with 13.8 seconds left in regulation, to force overtime.
Another lay in by Poland halfway through the overtime period would prove to be the game winner, as the Rams went on a 5-0 run the rest of the way, but failed to put the ball in the basket for the go ahead score as the buzzer sounded.
The USF men's basketball team, now 5-3 on the season, will travel to face in-state foe Florida Atlantic on Saturday night in Boca Raton, Fla.
Game Notes:
- The game vs. VCU marks the second time in three games that USF goes into overtime. - USF is now 21-34 all-time in overtime games; 3-3 under head coach Stan Heath.
- USF was 5-of-6 (83.3%) shooting in OT. - The USF defense held VCU's high-powered offense to 59 points after averaging 83.8 PPG coming into the game. VCU also came into the game averaging 10.8 threes per game, but only hit eight against the Bulls.
- USF continues to dominate the glass, outrebounding the Rams 45-35.
- USF scored 32 of their 60 points in the paint and 12 points came from long range.
- Junior guard Anthony Crater returned to the lineup after missing three games with a left ankle sprain.
- USF's starters were Ron Anderson Jr., Augustus Gilchrist, Hugh Robertson, Jawanza Poland and Anthony Crater.
- Ron Anderson Jr. earned his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. He now has more than 10 rebounds in three of his last four games, all three of which are starts.
- Hugh Robertson earned a career high in points with 14. He started the game with a duo of three pointers.
- Four Bulls scored in double-digits against VCU - Hugh Robertson (14), Augustus Gilchrist (12), Jawanza Poland (11), Ron Anderson Jr. (10).
- Jawanza Poland tallied six assists and Anthony Crater had five handouts.

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