Michigan State sophomore forward Raymar Morgan was one of eight members of Team USA to score in double figures as the 2007 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team defeated Brazil, 104-65, to improve to 5-0 at the FIBA World Championship on Tuesday. Through five games, Morgan is averaging 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game, starting four contests. Against Brazil, Morgan scored 10 points, including shooting 8-of-9 from the foul line. He added six rebounds and two steals. in 22 minutes. Michael Beasley led Team USA with 16 points, and Patrick Beverly scored 13. Three players scored 11 points and Morgan was one of three to score 10.
The U.S. will next take on France (4-1) to close out second round play on July 18 (2:30 p.m. EDT). Following tomorrow’s second round contests, the top four finishing teams in each group advance to the July 20 quarterfinals. The semifinals are slated to be played July 21 and the gold medal will be contested on July 22.
“I thought it was a great bounce back from last night,” said USA and DePaul University head coach Jerry Wainwright. “We really came out and established ourselves right away. We had a couple of lulls, but I thought a lot of that was due to line-up changes. In the second half we really came ready to play, we scored the first (two) baskets and established ourselves.
“It was a big game for a couple of kids,” added Wainwright. “DeAndre Jordan got back on the map, Raymar Morgan got back on the map. The great thing about this group of kids is that a guy like Deon Thompson can sit down tonight and not play much after he carried us last night. It was an important game for Michael Beasley, I thought he really did what we asked him to do defensively and was a real factor against their big kid.”
In other Group E second round play Lithuania (2-3) beat China (1-4) 85-66, while Serbia (4-1) upended France (4-1) 79-62. In Group F, Canada (2-3) downed South Korea (1-4) 99-83, while Turkey (3-2) upset Spain (4-1) 59-56, and Australia (5-0) nipped Argentina (3-2) 79-78.
In classification play, Nigeria (2-3) finished in 13th place with an 82-65 victory over Lebanon (1-4), while Mali (1-4) earned its first win to take 15th place after edging Puerto Rico (0-5) 89-81.