Marcus Denmon scored four points for Team USA on Saturday.
Aug. 20, 2011
Columbia, Mo. -
Mizzou’s Marcus Denmon scored four points, dished three assists and had two steals, but poor shooting doomed Team USA on Saturday as the Americans (5-1) fell to Lithuania, 76-74, in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World University Games in China.
It was the first loss for the Americans and knocked them out of medal contention. Lithuania improved to 5-1 and advanced to the semifinals.
Team USA suffered its worst shooting day of the tournament. The club hit just 23-of-67 shots from the floor and just 5-of-30 tries from three-point range. An 11-point advantage at the foul line kept the U.S. close, but it wasn’t enough to advance.
“It’s disappointing,” Denmon said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. I couldn’t get anything to fall, none of us could. We created some turnovers, but they played well in the third quarter and that ended up being the difference.”
Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins led the Americans with 17 points, while Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs dropped in 16. Gibbs was just 5-of-13 from the floor and Denmon hit just 1-of-8 shots. Only Alabama’s JaMychal Green (5-of-7 FGs) shot better than 50 percent from the floor.
Team USA trailed by as many as eight points in the fourth quarter and tied the game at 74-74 with two minutes remaining, but the club missed its final five shots and was 0-of-14 from three-point range in the second half.
The USA will face Romania (3-3) on Aug. 21 at 7:30 a.m. CT. The winner will advance to the 5th/6th place game.
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