Painter, USA Men Fight Off Israel For 94-84 Win

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue head coach Matt Painter and the USA Men's World University Games Team will open medal-round play on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue head coach Matt Painter and the USA Men's World University Games Team will open medal-round play on Saturday at 6 a.m. ET.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 18, 2011

Box score

SHENZHEN, China - The USA Men (5-0) survived their first test of the 2011 World University Games and rode a 10-0 run that stretched from the end of the third quarter into the first two minutes of the fourth period to a hard-fought 94-84 victory over Israel (2-3) on Thursday.

"Anytime you can get into a close game and win it, it really helps your team," Purdue and USA head coach Matt Painter said. "The game of basketball will humble you at times. I thought there was no different between the team we beat by 60 and the one we beat by 10. It shows that on any given day, you'd better be ready and you'd better have that focus. Hopefully this close game will help our guys going into the medal round."

Alabama's JaMychal Green led the USA for a second-straight game with 16 points, while Marcus Denmon (Missouri) tallied 13 points, five rebounds and four steals, Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) finished with a 12-point, 13-rebound double-double to go along with three blocked shots and John Jenkins (Vanderbilt) added a dozen points.

The USA opened the game with a 7-0 spurt as Mbakwe grabbed the first of his five offensive boards and converted on a three-point play, followed by four-straight points from Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara). Israel hung within striking distance and closed the gap to two points, 18-16, on two free throws at the 3:50 mark of the first period.

From there, the teams traded baskets, and a three-pointer from Denmon with 41 seconds left in the frame helped the USA take a 27-23 lead after the opening 10 minutes. Mbakwe, who drew six fouls in the game, and Green were critical in the early going, landing Israel's starting frontcourt in foul trouble from the outset.

Israel had an answer for every U.S. score in the first five minutes of the second quarter and took its first lead on a three-pointer with just over four minutes to play in the half. The lead changed four more times in the stanza, and Israel had a three-point advantage with 48 seconds left on the clock. Denmon was fouled on the last shot attempt of the first half and made one of two free throws to cut the margin to 43-41 at halftime.


 

 

As Group D's top seed, the USA will take on Lithuania (4-1), the No. 2 seed from Group C, at 6 a.m. ET on Saturday.