Pondexter Leads Team USA Past Bulgaria

July 9, 2009

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Team USA downed Bulgaria 96-66 in the quarterfinals of the World University Games on Thursday to advance to the medal semifinals where they will face Russia on Friday at 11 a.m. PT.

Husky forward Quincy Pondexter led five Americans who scored in double-figures with 15 points and played a team-high 21 minutes. Pondexter, from Fresno, Calif. (San Joaquin Memorial) was 5-of-11 from the field, including 1-of-2 from three-point land, grabbed four rebounds and dished out two assists. He continued his stellar free throw shooting with a perfect 4-for-4.

Team USA improved to 5-0 in tournament action and has won four of their games by 30 or more points.

The Americans jumped all over the Bulgarians out of the gate, ending the first period with a 24-9 advantage. They kept the throttle to the floor in the second quarter outscoring their European counterparts 22-15 to hold a 46-24 halftime advantage.

Bulgaria narrowed the margin in the third quarter, but Team USA put Bulgaria away and outscored them 28-18 in the final quarter.

Information for this story was gathered from USABasketball.com.

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