USA men finish ninth
KAZAN, Russia -- Team USA wrapped up its trip at the World University Games
in Kazan, Russia, with a 97-70 win over Finland on Tuesday afternoon. The
victory gives the American squad a 6-2 overall record and ninth-place finish
in the 24-team event.
Creighton All-American Doug McDermott had five rebounds and two assists on
Tuesday, and ended up leading the team in scoring (14.1), field goals (39),
three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and
minutes (23.8) during the fortnight. McDermott joined Mitch Richmond (in
1987) as the second player in Team USA history to lead the team in field
goals, three-pointers and free throws during the World University Games, and
his 14.1 points per game was the most for any American at the event since
Shelden Williams (14.9) in 2005.
Team USA led 25-20 after one quarter of play. Finland raced to leads of 8-2
and 12-8 early, only to have the Americans counter with a 14-2 run. Adreian
Payne (Michigan State) had five of his team-high seven points during the
Will Sheehey (Indiana) scored all of USA's points during a 12-2 run to open
the second quarter as the Americans opened up a 37-22 lead. Team USA
outscored Finland 27-6 in the second quarter to take a 52-26 lead into
intermission. Sheehey had 16 points at the break on 7-of-9 shooting from the
Finland never got within 22 points in the second half.
Sheehey had a team-high 20 points for the US, making 9-of-12 field goals.
Payne (13), Iowa's Aaron White (12 points, 10 rebounds), Indiana's Yogi
Ferrell (11 points) and BYU's Tyler Haws (10 points) also scored in
double-figures for Team USA.
Carl Lindbom topped Finland with 18 points in the loss.
"To see our guys develop as a team as we have progressed through this
experience here has been very delightful for the coaching staff," said Team
USA head coach Bob McKillop. "These are terrific young men and they're going
to have wonderful careers this year. They represented the United States with
superb character and their effort as a team got better and better. Frank
Martin and John Beilein are just outstanding. I felt we had three coaches
who had voices of support, encouragement and inspiration, and were
tremendously loyal to our team and to me and to USA Basketball. This is a
wonderful, wonderful experience and to have coached, I will cherish this
Assisting Davidson's McKillop on the USA sideline were John Beilein of the
University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.
For the tournament, the USA established five U.S. Men's World University
Games competition records, including 3-pointers made (81), 3-pointers
attempted (225), rebounds (403), rebounds averaged (50.4 rpg.) and assists
The USA now holds a 144-11 all-time record in World University Games play.
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