USA knocked out of contention

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By The Staff

The USA men’s basketball team competing at the World University Games was knocked out of medal competition with Friday’s loss to Canada.
The USA was outscored 28-19 in the second quarter as Canada broke open a tight game. The Americans couldn’t get a sustained rally going in the second half to get back into the contest.
Canada, which went a perfect 5-0 in Pool C competition, earned a 94-85 victory. Canada and Australia will now advance to the quarterfinals of medal play while the USA will play for ninth place in the bottom WUG bracket.
The WUG continues through Tuesday in Kazan, Russia.
Former Los Alamos High School star Alex Kirk, who did not make an appearance in Thursday’s loss to Australia, played only two minutes against Canada. Kirk finished with 1 rebound and picked up a personal foul in those two minutes.
For the USA, Luke Hancock scored 27 points, while Doug McDermott and Cory Jefferson both chipped in 17 points.
Again, however, it was a lackluster performance on both ends of the floor for the USA. The team shot just 40.3 percent from the floor (29 of 72) while allowing Canada to shoot at a nearly 50 percent clip.

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