July 2, 2009

USA Defeats France At U19 World Championship

Box Score

Butler’s Gordon Hayward scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds to help lead the USA to a 71-55 victory over France on the second day of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.  The victory assured that the U.S. would advance to the second round of the 16-team tournament.

Hayward hit three of six shots, including two of five from beyond the three-point arc, and three of four from the free throw line in 20 minutes of action.  Butler teammate Shelvin Mack played 15 minutes in the win and finished with three assists and one steal, but did not score.

The U.S. jumped to a 9-0 lead in the game and led, 35-20, at halftime.  France shot just 32% for the game, while falling for the first time in the tournament.

Seth Curry led a balanced U.S. attack with 12 points, while Ashton Gibbs added 10.  Arnett Moultrie had a team-high eight rebound for the winners, who out-rebounded France, 39-34.

The U.S. will wrap up pool play on Saturday, July 4, (Friday at 7 p.m. ET in the U.S.) against Egypt.  Second round play begins on Monday, July 6.