W Michigan 58

(4-1, 1-1 away)

South Florida 53

(2-2, 2-2 home)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    3:00 PM ET, November 18, 2012

    USF Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida

    1 2 T
    WMU 34 2458
    USF 36 1753

    Top Performers

    Western Michigan: B. Pokley 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    South Florida: T. Fitzpatrick 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    W. Michigan 58, South Florida 53

    Associated Press

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Brandon Pokley scored 15 points, Darius Paul had 14, and Western Michigan beat South Florida 58-53 on Sunday.

    The victory gave Broncos' coach Steve Hawkins his 300th career win. Nate Hutcheson added 11 for Western Michigan (4-1).

    "I truly did not know it until it happened ... when I started I was skinny and had hair," the bald-headed Hawkins said. "The most important thing, we've got a lot of freshmen, and to get the win, to reward the kids for a great effort was the most important thing."

    South Florida (2-2) got 16 points from Shaun Noriega. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick chipped in 14 points, while Anthony Collins had 12 assists.

    "We've got to be more consistent," Noriega said. "That's been a big issue for us."

    Both teams won games Friday and Saturday in the three-day South Florida Invitational.

    Jared Klein converted a 3-pointer to give Western Michigan a 55-50 lead with three minutes to go. Jawanza Poland's three-point play cut the USF deficit to 55-53 with just two under minutes remaining, then Hutcheson's late three-point play made it 58-53.

    South Florida grabbed a 46-45 lead when Noriega made a 3-pointer and added a three-point play midway through the second half.

    "We've got to become a better team at finishing," South Florida coach Stan Heath said. "We were very good at that in the past."

    Paul connected on a 3-pointer as Western Michigan went ahead 43-38 with 13 1-2 minutes left.

    Fitzpatrick had 12 points to help South Florida take a 36-34 halftime lead. The senior forward made his fourth 3-pointer of the half and Zach LeDay had a slam to put the Bulls ahead 32-25 three minutes before the break.

    "We had a chance to really buckle when South Florida took a seven-point lead there," Hawkins said. "I thought that was the critical point in the game."

    Pokley hit a pair of long-range jumpers as Western Michigan took an early 10-5 lead. South Florida, keyed by three 3-pointers by Fitzpatrick, went ahead 13-12 six minutes into the game.

    Western Michigan outrebounded USF 39-26.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 58 53
    FG Made-Attempted 21-54 (.389) 17-46 (.370)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 7-20 (.350)
    FT Made-Attempted 8-10 (.800) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 8

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