Pondexter Helps Spark Team USA To Win

July 3, 2009

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Team USA cruised to an 87-40 win over Finland in the first round of the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia on Friday. Husky forward Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and scored six points and had four rebounds for Team USA.

Finland put the first points on the board and stayed close through much of the first quarter, and with 1:23 on the clock the USA held a 13-12 lead. However, behind a pair of free throws from Pondexter and threes from Talor Battle and James Anderson in the final minute of the period, the U.S. jumped to a 21-12 advantage at the end of the first.

The Americans outscored the Finnish team 18-7 in the second quarter to take a commanding 39-19 halftime lead.

In the first four minutes of the third quarter the USA jumped to a 50-23 lead. Finland made an attempt to close the gap and put together a 9-2 run that left the score 52-32 with 3:27 left in the period. However, the USA was too deep and rallied for a 12-2 run that included a pair of threes to close out the third quarter with an insurmountable 64-38 lead.

The U.S. defense allowed just one Finnish field goal at 8:50 in the fourth quarter, forcing its opponents into shooting 1-of-15 from the field during the final 10 minutes. With its defense fueling its offense, the USA poured in 23 points in the final stanza, including a 21-0 game-ending run.

Pondexter was 2-for-7 from the field and a perfect 2-for-2 from the line in his 18 minutes of action.

The USA team will take on South Korea tomorrow at 11 a.m. PT. For more information about the World University games, visit the USA Basketball website.

Information for this story was gathered from USABasketball.com.

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