Team USA Finishes Ninth With 97-70 Win Over Finland
-- 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 run.
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 floor.
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 forever."
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 (161).
The USA now holds a 144-11 all-time record in World University Games play.
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