Ferrell, Sheehey and Team USA Defeat UNICS, 94-60
July 4, 2013
KAZAN, Russia - 48 hours after arriving in Kazan, Russia, the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games Team (1-0) celebrated the Fourth of July holiday with a 96-60 exhibition win against Russian professional club UNICS on Thursday night at Basket Hall 1.
Leading 23-21 after the first quarter, the USA was tied at 34-all before it closed the last four minutes of the first half with a 22-6 run to take control of the game and a 56-40 lead at halftime.
"Out of the gate, with the fatigue factor that we've had in the travel and the limited practices we've had, I was very pleased with our level of intensity," said USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College). "The way we've picked up the offense, the ball was a spotlight and it wasn't shining on any one person, it was distributed. When the spotlight shines on everybody, we'll be very good."
Will Sheehey (Stuart, Fla.), a rising senior for the Hoosiers, tallied 11 points, four rebounds and a steal., while rising sophomore Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the USA with eight assists, to go with three rebounds and two points.
Luke Hancock (Louisville/Roanoke, Va.) led six U.S. players who reached in double figures with 14 points. Doug McDermott (Creighton/Ames, Iowa) finished with 13 points, and Tyler Haws (BYU/Alpine, Utah) added 12. Also tallying 11 points apiece were: Treveon Graham (VCU/Temple Hills, Md.), who also grabbed eight boards to finish as the USA's player of the game; ; and Aaron White (Iowa/Strongsville, Ohio), who shot a perfect 3-of-3 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
"It was different; the competition is definitely different than what we're used to," Sheehey said. "The bigs were aggressive inside and outside. Everyone can play and everyone can shoot the ball; everyone is very talented."
The USA finished with 18 assists overall and won the rebounding battle 56-37
Four 3-pointers for the red, white and blue in the game's first five minutes, including eight points from Hancock, helped the USA compile a 16-5 advantage with a long ball from Graham at 5:07. UNICS fought back, however, and scored an offensive rebound that kick started a 16-7 run for the Russians to bring them within two points of the USA at the first buzzer, 23-21.
The first five minutes of the second period saw the lead change hands four times with two tied scores, and the scoreboard read 34-34 after a UNICS bucket at 4:43. A three-point play from Sheehey ignited the USA, which saw seven U.S. players combine for 22 points while the U.S. defense held Russia to just six points to lead 56-40 at halftime.
Five of the eventual 12 turnovers the USA forced Russia into came in the second quarter, and while the USA shot just 37.5 percent from inside the arc in the first 10 minutes, it heated up to 78.6 percent from two-point land in the second period.
While UNICS never quit fighting, it got no closer than within 12 points early in the second half, and thanks to points from 10 players in the stanza, including seven from White and six from Hancock, the USA lead comfortably, 72-55, headed into the final 10 minutes.
Perhaps the USA's most dominate quarter came in the fourth, with the Americans tallying 22 points while holding UNICS to just five. Two free throws from White put the games last two points on the board and gave the USA its largest lead of the game, a 34-point, 94-60 win.
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