LIEPAJA, LATVIA -- Butler’s Khyle Marshall scored 13
points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the USA to an 82-66
victory over China at the FIBA U19 World Championship on Saturday
(July 2). The win gave the USA a perfect 3-0 record for Group
D preliminary round play.
Marshall, who hit five of eight shots from the field and three of four from the free throw line in 18 minutes of action, was one of four USA players to score in double-figures. Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) led the team with 17 points, while Doug McDermott (Creighton) finished with 15. Tim Hardaway, Jr., (Michigan) also finished with 13 points.
The U.S. squad jumped to a 25-13 lead in their final Group D game and led 44-28 at halftime. China did stage a rally in the third quarter, but the U.S. team finished strongly in the final period to post the 16-point win.
Marshall shared the team lead in rebounding against China. McDermott, Tony Mitchell (North Texas) and Patric Young (Florida) each also grabbed eight rebounds.
"I was very satisfied with my performance today," Marshall said after the victory. "During the tournament Coach noticed that my demeanor wasn’t really up to par, how it was supposed to be. We sat down and talked yesterday and he told me ‘just let that come to you and just be patient and do the things in the tournament I’ve seen you do.’ Today I listened to his words and tried to contribute and help my team win."
At the end of Group D play, Marshall ranks as the USA’s
fifth-leading scorer with 23 points. Joe Jackson (Memphis)
leads the team in scoring with 43 points.
The USA, the lone unbeaten team in preliminary round action, advances as the No. 1 seed out of Group D. Second round play begins on Monday (July 4) when the U.S. faces Canada at 7:30 p.m. (ET).
In Group B action, Australia defeated Chinese Taipei, 93-65. Butler recruit Jackson Aldridge had four points, four rebounds and four assists for the winning Australia team.
U.S. Preliminary Round Schedule at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Thursday, June 30 - USA 115, Egypt, 60
Friday, July 1 - USA 80, Serbia 78
Saturday, July 2 - USA 82, China 66
U.S. Second Round Schedule
Monday, July 4 - vs. Canada, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, July 5 - vs. Lithuania, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Wednesday, July 6 - vs. Croatia, 7:30 p.m. (ET)
(Photo courtesy of USA Basketball)