July 7, 2013
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University of Cincinnati senior guard Sean Kilpatrick scored a game-high 18 points to lead Team USA past the United Arab Emirates in the opening game of pool play Sunday at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
Kilpatrick made four three-pointers, grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists in 24 minutes.
Eight other Team USA members reached double figures in scoring in the lopsided contest. Indiana's Yogi Ferrell (15 points and a USA Team-record 13 assists) , Baylor's Cory Jeffersson (14 points and 11 rebounds) and New Mexico's Alex Kirk (10 points and 12 rebounds) all registered double-doubles. Iowa's Aaron White had 16 points. Creighton's Doug McDermoitt added 15 points with a trio of three-pointers. Indiana's Will Sheehey had 15 points. VCU's Treveon Graham poured in 13 points and nine rebounds. Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie contributed 11 points and eight rebounds.
“Everyone on this team can score, and that’s an advantage,” Kilpatrick said. “We have the best players in the USA as of right now, and it was good to come down here with these guys and play this game. Everyone on this team plays the game the right way. When you’ve got guys that share the ball this well, then it’s very special.”
Team USA jumped out to a 34-16 lead and pulled away in the second period, outscoring UAE 34-7 to take a 69-23 lead into halftime.
A replay of the game will be shown on ESPNU on Sunday at 7p.m.
Team USA will next play the Czech Republic in the second game of pool play Monday at 5 a.m. ET. The contest will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.