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Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs scored a game-high 20 points to lead the USA Men’s Team to a 108-67 win in its opening game of the 2011 World University Games Saturday in Shenzhen, China. Gibbs and Team USA will meet Hungary on Sunday.
Gibb converted seven of his 12 total field goal attempts, hit 2-3 3-pointers, finished with two steals and dished out a team-high three assists.
He was one of five USA players who reached double figures. Minnesota’s Trevor Mbakwe recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Missouri’s Marcus Denmon added 11 points and collected three steals, UC Santa Barbara’s Orlando Johnsoncontributed 10 points and three assists and Michigan State’s Draymond Green finished with 10 points.
Mexico led 24-22 at the end of the first quarter, but an 8-0 USA run gave the Americans a 43-37 halftime advantage. The USA came out of the intermission firing on all cylinders as points from Gibbs, Johnson and Kentucky’s Darius Miller pushed the lead to 49-37 in the first two minutes of the third period, and the red, white and blue never let up. By the time Denmon finished with quarter with consecutive steals converted into layups at 40 seconds and 20 seconds, nine U.S. players had combined to outscore Mexico 31-16 for a 21-point lead, 74-53.
“Once we started going strong and beating the zone, in the second half, we added to the lead and were able to win the game,” Gibbs said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.