-- Creighton All-American Doug McDermott
scored a game-high 18 points to lead Team USA past Germany, 92-70, at the World University Games on Monday morning in Kazan, Russia.
With the victory, Team USA (5-2) will play for ninth place on Tuesday at 6 am Central against Finland (5-2), which defeated Mexico 82-70. There will be live stats for the game, but there will not be a video webcast or television coverage.
McDermott needed just 24 minutes to score his 18 points, making 7-of-15 shots from the field and both free-throw attempts while also grabbing four rebounds. He was joined in double-figures by teammates Luke Hancock (16) of Louisville, Baylor's Cory Jefferson (11) and Indiana's Will Sheehey (10). All 11 Americans in uniform scored in the romp.
Germany would hit a three-pointer at the end of the first quarter to lead 19-17 over Team USA. The US was led in the first quarter by six points each from McDermott and Hancock.
McDermott then scored six points during a game-deciding 11-0 stretch to start the second quarter. It was during that run that Team USA took the lead for good, extending it into a 45-32 margin at half.
The American lead was nine or larger throughout the second half. McDermott scored four more points in the third quarter, which ended with the US ahead 65-51.
The US then began the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run to put the game away.
"I thought we were really unselfish once again," said McDermott. "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."
Germany was led by 16 points from Konstantin Klein, including 4-of-5 marksmanship from three-point range.
Tuesday's game vs. Finland will be Team USA's eighth and final contest in the World University Games. The winner earns ninth place, while the loser will take 10th in the 24-team field.
"We are feeling really good," said McDermott right after the game. "We've got either Mexico or Finland, both good teams, so we have to be ready for that. But I feel like it's been a good trip. We've gotten a lot better as a team. At first it was a little hard, but we are starting to grow together."
"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," said Team USA head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson. "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."
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 now holds a 143-11 all-time record in World University Games play.
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