With today's loss, the American squad can finish no better than ninth place in the 24-team competition. Team USA will play three more times, starting with a 1 am Central game on Sunday vs. Norway.
Team USA started strong, showing no signs of a letdown after Thursday's upset loss to Australia. The Americans got eight early points from Luke Hancock (Louisville) to surge to a 14-4 lead, but Canada used a 14-3 flurry to take its first lead at 18-17 by the end of the first quarter. Team USA would not lead again.
Canada continued its offensive assault in the second period, producing a 10-0 run to take a 35-24 lead by the midpoint before a Treveon Graham (VCU) free throw stopped the bleeding for the US. McDermott (Creighton) made his first shot of the game to trim Canada's lead to 37-30. Canada would lead 46-36 at the intermission.
McDermott scored the first eight points of the second half for Team USA, scoring inside before making a pair of three-pointers, as the US attempted a comeback. Canada would lead 69-58 after three quarters.
McDermott would open the fourth quarter with his fourth three-pointer of the game, and later add a fifth trey, but the Americans never got any closer than eight points in the final period. The game ended in bizarre fashion, as the arena lights went out with 10.6 seconds left in the contest and the final seconds were played with minimal lighting as the US held the ball without a shot.
Hancock paced Team USA with 27 points, with the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player making 5-of-6 shots from three-point range. Cory Jefferson (Baylor) and McDermott each scored 17, with the Creighton standout making 5-of-11 three-pointers and adding nine rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes. Team USA hit 15-of-32 shots from three-point range, but were just 14-for-40 from two-point territory and had 16 assists to go with 17 turnovers.
Canada was led by 20 points in 19 minutes from Baylor sharpshooter Brady Heslip, while Arizona State's Jordan Bachynski (13 points) and Stanford's Dwight Powell (10 points) also scored in double-figures. The Canadians outscored Team USA 52-22 in the paint.
With the win, Canada finished a perfect 5-0 in Group C pool play, while Australia (4-1) finished second with a 131-43 whipping of United Arab Emirates to clinch the group's second and final spot in the medal round. Team USA (3-2) finished third in pool play, ahead of Czech Republic (2-3), Sweden (1-4) and United Arab Emirates (0-5).
Assisting head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson) on the USA sideline are John Beilein of the University of Michigan and Frank Martin of the University of South Carolina.
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