Bouldin, USA Basketball Start 2-0

July 7, 2007

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DALLAS - Another balanced scoring attack and a 31-13 second quarter offensive explosion propelled the USA Men's U19 World Championship Team (2-0) to a 117-79 victory over Puerto Rico in 2007 Global Games play Friday evening in Dallas.

Kansas State incoming frosh Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.) led the U.S. with 16 points and 10 boards. Gonzaga University sophomore Matt Bouldin was one of all available 11 U.S. players with at least six points, going 2-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range. He also grabbed 4 rebounds and had 3 assists in 19 minutes.

Bouldin's effort was much improved from Thursday's late game against Team Africa in a 102-51 victory. The native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., was 1-for-7 from the field, 0-for-2 from 3-point range, hauled in 6 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and had a steal in 17 minutes.

But it wasn't all good news Friday.

In a related development, it was announced that University of Kansas 6-9 forward Darrell Arthur (Kansas / Dallas, Texas) would be unable to play in the FIBA U19 World Championship because of a stress fracture in his left leg. The injury was confirmed Friday following a MRI. Arthur had played in the USA's first two games in Dallas and was averaging 8.5 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 2.0 bpg. and 16.0 minutes a game. Arthur said he began to feel pain in his lower left leg following workouts on Tuesday.

"I thought it was just tendonitis or something and I would be able to play through it," Arthur said. "The trainer told me to see the doctor and after some tests he confirmed it was a stress fracture and I would be out a month or two. When I heard it was a stress fracture, I was surprised.

"I was pretty upset when I first heard," Arthur added. "I really wanted to travel with this team. I have never been overseas, and I put in some good work to be a part of this team. I'm glad it wasn't a more serious injury and I should be fine with treatment. I wish this team all the best in bringing home the gold in Serbia."

USA Basketball also announced that 6-8 forward Damian Hollis (George Washington / Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), who participated in the June 28-30 USA U19 National Team Trials, would replace Arthur and travel with the team Sunday to Serbia.

"I've been doing this a long, long time and I have to say that in all honesty I was really looking forward to coaching Darrell," said USA and DePaul University head coach Jerry Wainwright. "When I had a chance to work with him in our early practices he was everything I thought. We (DePaul) faced him early in the year when we played Kansas and I though he was a wonderful player. I loved how he carried himself. I was really excited about him and thought he'd be the hub of the wheel." The USA U19 squad, which was 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.

The Global Games conclude Saturday with finals competition. The USA U19 Team will face in the 6 p.m. (PDT) gold medal game the Global Games AA that is comprised of division I collegians. All of the Global Games action is taking place at Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University.

In Friday's contest, the two teams traded scoring punches early Friday and Puerto Rico moved ahead 14-13 following a 3-point from Angel Luis Garcia .

The U.S. took off on a 10-0 run that was fueled by 3-pointers from Patrick Beverley (Arkansas / Chicago, Ill.) and Jonny Flynn (Niagara Falls H.S. / Niagara Falls, N.Y.) and surged ahead 23-14. Puerto Rico kept it tight and thanks to a 3-pointer from Gilberto Clavel at the horn, the U.S. lead was cut to 27-24 after the first quarter.

Ripping off seven straight points to start the second quarter and outscoring Puerto Rico 12-2 to take a 39-26 lead, the USA then assembled a 12-5 run that saw the American's lead expand to 51-31 with 2:07 left before halftime.

Leading 58-37 at halftime, 16 was as close as Puerto Rico would get in the second half as the U.S. outscored Puerto Rico 26-24 in the third and 33-18 in the final quarter."I thought we were a little bit better, especially in terms of our initial approach to the game, we were much more ready to play right off the jump ball," said Wainwright about his team's win. "The thing that stands out the most is that we had 27 assists. I thought the kids made the extra pass and we still have a long, long way to go to be a good team but we made an important stride tonight."

Sinking 55.1 percent of its shots, including 10-of-21 from 3-point, the U.S. had 27 assists on 43 made field goals and dominated the glass, out rebounding Puerto Rico 54-28.

All 11 available USA players scored at least six points. Raymar Morgan (Michigan State / Canton, Ohio) tossed in 15 points; DeAndre Jordan (Bellaire Episcopal H.S. / Humble, Texas) posted a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds; Stephen Curry (Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.) added 13 points; Donte' Greene (Towson Catholic H.S. / Baltimore, Md.) added 11 points; Tajuan Porter (Oregon / Detroit, Mich.) recorded 10 points, while Beverly finished with 10 points and a game high seven assists. Thursday's late game saw eight U.S. players score between seven and 15 points in the lopsided 102-51 victory over Team Africa (1-1). The Global Games feature six teams and are being held July 5-7 at Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas).

Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep, Mass./ Frederick, Md.) paced the USA's showing with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, Patrick Beverley (Arkansas / Chicago, Ill.), Raymar Morgan (Michigan State / Canton, Ohio) and Deon Thompson (North Carolina / Torrance, Calif.) each accounted for 13 points, while Darrell Arthur (Kansas / Dallas, Texas) added 11 points in just 13 minutes of action. DeAndre Jordan (Bellaire Episcopal H.S. / Humble, Texas), the team's youngest player, just missed a double-double scoring nine points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

The USA held a 20-15 lead after one period of play and quickly distanced itself from Africa thanks to Arthur's scoring barrage at the start of the second quarter. With Arthur tallying all 11 of his points in the quarter's first four minutes, the Americans started the period with a 13-3 run to expand its lead to 33-18.

Following a Stephen Curry (Davidson / Charlotte, N.C.) 3-pointer, Africa lagged behind 38-21 with 4:21 to play before halftime. Africa ran off nine straight points and closed the half enjoying an 11-4 run that cut the deficit to 42-32 at halftime.

The U.S. put the pedal down in the third quarter and six minutes into the third quarter had taken a 20 point lead, 56-36.

It was clear sailing from there as the USA, who outscored Africa 60-19 in the second half, including a dominating 36-9 scoring edge in the fourth quarter.

The USA defense stymied Africa's offense into 17-of-77 shooting (.227 percent) and 20 turnovers. The Americans also owned an 82-39 advantage on the glass, including 32 offensive rebounds. The USA shot 41.8 percent from the field, and managed to make 7-of-24 3-point tries.



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