Wright Nets Six, USA Cruises
July 30, 2004Halifax, Canada - Indiana junior guard Bracey Wright scored six points in 11 minutes the USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team defeated Brazil 87-64 in pool play at the FIBA Americans World Championships in Halifax, Canada.
"It was good to get a game under our belts, especially since everybody else has played one more game than we have" Wright said. "We came out a little slow but in the second half we played very well together. We played unselfishly, and that's why we won the game."
The United States and Brazil battled for the entire first half which saw nine lead changes before the U.S. took the lead for good, 37-35, on a bucket from UConn's Charlie Villanueva with 2:25 remaining in the first half.
After halftime, Wake Forest's Justin Gray extended Team U.S.A.'s lead to 44-35 with a three-pointer. Brazil then scored the next four points to close within five at 44-39 with 7:54 to play in the third quarter.
However, U.S.A. extended its lead with a 12-0 run to extend the lead to 17 points. Hassan Adams of Arizona scored six of his 15 points during the run. Closing the third quarter up by 13, the U.S. moved its lead to as many as 26 before settling in for the victory.
North Carolina's Seam May led all U.S. scorers with 18 while adding 10 rebounds. Adam Morrison of Gonzaga and P.J. Tucker of Texas each chipped in 10. Team U.S.A. held Brazil to 33.9 percent shooting.
Team U.S.A. continues pool play Friday as they face off against Puerto Rico at 6 p.m.
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