Balanced Scoring Attack Leads 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team Past Germany 92-70
Including four players in double-figure scoring and 30 points off the bench, the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games Team (5-2) defeated Germany (4-3) 92-70 in the 2013 World University Games on Monday morning at Miras Sports Complex in Kazan, Russia.
The win puts the USA in tomorrow’s game for ninth place, which is the best-possible finish for the USA after missing the medal round as a No. 3 seed out of Group C. The USA will take on Finland (5-2) at 3 p.m. (times listed are local; Kazan, Russia is +8 hours from EDT) on July 16.
“The bench has been superb, today and against Norway (yesterday),” said USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College). “They were active on the bench, and then as soon as they came into the game, they uplifted our spirits and gave us great energy. So, being able to use the full roster has been very advantageous for us.
“It's so easy to hang your head and not fight back when you have the disappointment of being knocked out of the medal round,” McKillop continued. “These guys showed outstanding teamwork and toughness in responding to that adversity. I wish we could start today, because I think we are coming together as a team. We are starting to make the extra pass, get the long rebound, defend as a team and, and we'd love to have the opportunity to play some teams again.”
Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa) paced the USA with 18 points and four rebounds; Luke Hancock (Louisville/ Roanoke, Va.) added 16 points and seven boards; Cory Jefferson (Baylor/ Killeen, Texas) was 5-of-7 from the field on his way to 11 points and seven rebounds; and Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.) finished with 10 points, five rebounds and four steals. Additionally, Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.) dished out a game-high seven assists to go with his seven points and five rebounds.
For a second-consecutive game, all 11 healthy players scored. Treveon Graham (VCU/Temple Hills, Md.) did not play due to injury.
“I thought we were really unselfish once again,” McDermott said. “It's just a little too late. We wish we could have those games that we lost back, because we are starting to click really well as a team. I thought Germany was a really physical team, but we did a good job of setting the tempo early.”
After Germany put the game’s first points on the board with a free throw, the lead changed hands five times in the first quarter and three times the score was tied. Trailing 12-8, the USA put together a 7-0 run that included six points from Hancock to lead 15-12 with 2:00 left in the period. From there, Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah) scored two points, but Germany made two free throws, scored at 30.0 and then sank a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lead 19-17 at the first break.
“We played well,” said Yogi Ferrell (Indiana/Indianapolis, Ind.). “We came out a little sluggish. We couldn't buy a shot in the first half, but our defense picked up to end the half and then the rest of the game.”
The combination of McDermott, with six points, and Dinwiddie, with five points, opened the second quarter with an 11-0 run that was the USA’s largest spurt of the game, and the Americans led 28-19 at 5:59. That lead stretched to 11 points, before Germany began to respond to nearly every U.S. score. A 3-pointer from Hancock at 59.5 seconds, however, pushed it to 14 points, 42-28. Trading scores over the last minute of the first half, the USA headed into the locker room with a 46-32 advantage.
Germany managed to cut the gap to nine points in the third quarter, 54-45 at 6:28, but five points from Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.) along with two points apiece from Alex Kirk (New Mexico/Los Alamos, N.M.), Sheehey and Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio) helped the USA widen the gap to 17 points, 63-46 at 3:52. While Kirk dunked one more time in the period, Germany put up five points to narrow the margin to 65-51 headed into the final 10 minutes.
The USA, which continued to push the pace, led by as many as 23 points in the fourth quarter and outscored Germany 27-19 to bring the game to its 92-70 final.
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 men are currently 143-11 all-time record in World University Games play.