Team USA jumped out to a 26-14 lead after the first quarter, then held off every surge to defeat Argentina 89-76 in the World University Games opening-game in Taipei, Taiwan.
Purdue controlled the game from the opening tip, outscoring Argentina by 12 in the first quarter. Argentina would tie the game at 26 midway through the second quarter after a 15-0 run, but USA Team would respond by outscoring the Argentinians 44-22 over the next 15 minutes for a 70-48 lead after three quarters. Argentina cut the lead to 76-69, but that was as close as it got as the USA Team would never trail in winning its pool-play opener. The teams traded buckets for much of the second period, but the Boilermakers dominated the third frame to put the game out of reach.
“I thought it was a hard-fought game and that Argentina made some really good runs and never gave up after we would get some bigger leads. It was a game of runs and was really impressed by how hard they played when they got down,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “This was a good adjustment for us to see what we will be up against here, and how hard teams are going to play against us.
Despite Purdue’s comfortable win, Painter wasn’t pleased with his team’s carelessness. The Boilermakers committed 21 turnovers compared to 20 for Argentina. “We had more turnovers than we typically do and we have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” Painter added. “There were stretches that we were really, really good and stretches that we were pretty bad. It was good to get that first win against a really good team, but there’s room for improvement obviously.”
Sophomore Carsen Edwards led USA with 17 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists in a strong all-around floor game. Dakota Mathias added 16 points with four 3-pointers, Vincent Edwards had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists and P.J. Thompson had 13 points and four assists. Isaac Haas would add 11 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting and Jacquil Taylor continued his impressive run with five points, eight rebounds and three assists. All five starters scored in double figures.
chart from Purdue Basketball (twitter),image from NCAA website
Carsen Edwards在強硬的比賽中帶領美國隊，繳出17分、5抄截、4籃板球和3助攻的最佳成績。Dakota Mathias加了16分，其中有4個三分球。Vincent Edwards送出14分、9抄截、三助攻，P.J. Thompson 送上13分和4助攻。Isaac Hass也為美國隊加了11分並抓了8個籃板然後投7球進5球，Jacquil Taylor 展現5分、8抄截和3助攻。五位先發選手皆獲得雙位數成績。
Source: NCAA, Purdue Sports, and Land of 10