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Creighton standout Doug McDermott scored a game-high 23
points to help Team USA to a 96-53 win over Czech Republic on Monday
afternoon at the World University games in Kazan, Russia.
McDermott scored the game's first two points as the heavily favored USA
squad never trailed. The rising senior finished the first quarter with six
points and a team-high five rebounds as the Americans bolted to a 20-9 lead.
Team USA would start the second quarter with a 10-2 run to build a 19-point
margin, and would maintain a 41-22 halftime lead. McDermott had eight points
and seven rebounds at intermission, trailing only Baylor's Cory Jefferson
(10 points, 10 rebounds) at the midpoint.
McDermott got it going early in the third quarter, converting a three-point
play, draining two free throws, sinking back-to-back three-pointers, and a
steal & layup during a personal 13-2 run for the Americans that spanned just
2:15. USA would lead 66-38 after three quarters as McDermott had 21 points
and 10 rebounds heading into the final period.
McDermott had one basket on a reverse up-and-under lay-up early in the final
stanza before resting for the game's final six minutes. He would score 23
points and grab 10 rebounds on the afternoon, sinking 8-of-15 field goal
attempts and 5-of-5 from the line. His 23 points were his personal high in a
Team USA jersey, surpassing the 19 he had in 2011 as a member of the U19
Jefferson finished with 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Louisville's Luke
Hancock added 15 points for Team USA.
"I'm very pleased," said Team USA head coach Bob McKillop. "I see the
development of the players trusting the system, the coaches understanding
the talents of the players and the evolving teamwork that is a result of
that. They're talking more. There are great opportunities for leadership out
there for individuals; I think this is a very profitable experience every
time they step on the floor with us."
The USA will continue preliminary round play against Sweden at Noon Central
on July 10; Australia at 9:30 a.m. Central on July 11; and Canada at 4 a.m.
Central on July 12.
Following the preliminary round, the first and second-placed teams in each
of the four pools advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 14 to compete
for first through eighth places; while the remaining teams will play out for
ninth to 24th places. The semifinals will be played on July 15, and the
finals will be contested on July 16.
Assisting McKillop on the USA sideline are John Beilein of the University of
Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.
The USA is looking for its first gold medal at the World University Games
men's basketball competition since 2005, and currently holds a 140-9
all-time record in World University Games play.
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