Bouldin Plays 11 Minutes In USA Win
July 2, 2007
DALLAS - Behind a combined 36 points on 9-of-11 shooting from behind the 3-point arc by guards Tajuan Porter (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.) and Stephen Curry (Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.), the USA Men's U19 World Championship Team looked sharp Sunday evening in defeating the China Senior National Team 91-75 in an exhibition game at Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University.
Gonzaga University sophomore Matt Bouldin played 11 minutes but did not score, going 0-for-3 from the field - all from 3-point range. He had a rebound, a steal and a turnover.
The USA U19 squad, which was just selected June 30 after team trials were conducted with 18 hopefuls, will represent the United States in the 2007 FIBA U19 World Championship (players must be born on or after Jan. 1, 1988) that will be held July 12-22 in Novi Sad, Serbia.
"Obviously to be able to come off the bench with the quality of players that we have is a big positive for us and their attitude in coming off the bench was outstanding," said USA and DePaul University head coach Jerry Wainwright. "I thought we really shared the ball well. So many of these guys are from good college programs, to make adjustments on the fly was really easy and their experience in big games really showed. They respected China but the certainly didn't fear them because they all have played against good teams.
"For never going against a zone I thought we did a pretty good job. We got in gaps and our guards are so quick we could penetrate. Tajuan (Porter) and Stephen (Curry) played really well, I thought Ramar (Morgan) did too and our wings did a good job. And then without really practicing it we got the ball inside against their zone. We have a chance to be a really, really good team."
Behind seven points from Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.) and four from Raymar Morgan (Michigan State / Canton, Ohio), the U.S. took control early and opened a 13-7 lead. Assembling a 9-0 run the was fueled with points from four different USA players, the Americas moved out ahead 22-9 and after the first quarter held a 24-13 advantage.
Porter dropped back-to-back 3-pointers to push the USA lead to 16, 32-16 with 7:20 to play in period two, but China battled back and over the next 4:13 outscored the U.S. 15-5 to cut the lead to 37-33 with 3:07 left in the quarter.
The USA U19 squad regrouped and with Curry tallying five points, the U.S. closed the first half riding a 10-1 offensive run to carry a 47-34 lead to the locker room at halftime.
The USA was solid in the first half, shooting 52.6 percent from the field and forcing China into 15 turnovers that were converted into 20 points. China shot a chilly 41.7 percent from the field, but made 4-of-8 3-pointers while owning an 18-15 advantage on the glass.
Morgan and Porter paced the U.S. offense in the third quarter and together scored 11 points as the USA ballooned its lead to 60-41 and after three quarters the USA was up 66-47.
China's Yi Jianlian, who recently was the No. 6 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, got things going in the fourth quarter to keep China in the game. With Yi scoring 14 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, China cut the U.S. advantage to 10, 70-60, with 5:42 to play in the game, but could get no closer as Porter made his fifth 3-pointer of the game to turn away the rally and help seal the USA 91-75 victory.
"This is my first time playing for a USA Team and representing my country so I'm just out there having fun and trying to get our team a win," said University of Oregon's 5-6 guard Porter. "You can almost do whatever you want out there because the other team didn't know us. China didn't know I could shoot. They were laying off me because they were focused on my speed so I was just shooting. When they started closing out on me I started penetrating and getting my teammates some open shots.
"We still have a lot to work on as a team and we're going to grow as we continue to practice. We've got to continue to practice, continue to get better, and we'll be sharp when we go to Serbia.
Porter finished with 20 points and four assists, while Curry added 16 points, Beasley finished with 12 points and a U.S. best seven rebounds, and Morgan tallied 11 points.
"It was pretty fun, I had some family members out there and it was just fun playing in front of them again like I did in high school, it was good having the home crowd behind me," said Dallas product Darrell Arthur played at South Oak Cliff High School and finished with six points and three blocked shots. "We looked pretty good but we're trying to get the chemistry together."
The U.S. finished the night shooting 45.7 percent overall, and was 11-of-24 from behind the 3-point. Limiting China to 37.5 percent shooting, the U.S. forced 24 turnovers.
Zhu Fangyu led China's scoring with 20 points, Yi added 15, Liu Wei scored 12 points, and former NBAer Waang ZhiZhi accounted for eight points and five rebounds and two blocked shots.
"Now we'll return to practicing and emphasize the same things we've been trying to do - obviously pressure, playing together; making the extra pass and taking some pride in defending," added Wainwright.
Wainwright, who served as an assistant for the 2006 USA U18 National Team, is leading the 2007 USA U19 World Championship Team, and collegiate head coaches Bruiser Flint of Drexel University (Pa.) and George Washington University's (D.C.) Karl Hobbs are serving as assistant coaches.
The USA team will continue its training in Dallas and will also participate in the 2007 Global Games. The U.S. will meet team Africa on July 5 (8 p.m. CDT), Puerto Rico's U19 National Team on July 6 (6 p.m. CDT), and the Global Games finals will be conducted on July 7. Also competing in the Global Games are Argentina, the Global Games AA team, and a team to de determined. All of the Global Games action will be held at Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU.
Official Basketball Box Score -- GAME TOTALS -- FINAL STATISTICS China Senior National Team vs USA U19 World Championship 07/01/07 5:00 p.m. at Southern Methodist University -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- VISITORS: China Senior National Team 0-1
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