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.
“Canada certainly is a very good team,” USA coach Bob McKillop said. “They look like a team, they played like a team. Our guys emptied their gas tanks. They gave a great effort, but we fell short.”
Brady Heslip of Canada paced his time with 20 points coming off the bench. New Mexico State University star guard Daniel Mullings, who is originally from Toronto and started Friday for Canada, had 8 points and 7 rebounds against the USA.
The USA started off the WUG with three straight lopsided victories, over United Arab Emirates, Czech Republic and Sweden, but struggled defensively against both Canada and Australia, which put up 93 points against the Americans.