basketball-men-d1 flag

Purdue Athletics | August 20, 2017

Purdue holds off Argentina to secure opening win for Team USA

  Carsen Edwards led USA with 17 points, adding five steals, four rebounds and three assists.

TAIPEI — USA jumped out to a 26-14 lead after the first quarter, then held off every surge to defeat Argentina 89-76 in the World University Games opening-game in Taipei Arena. 

Argentina would tie the game at 26 midway through the second quarter after a 15-0 run, but USA Team would respond by outscoring the Argentinians 44-22 over the next 15 minutes for a 70-48 lead after three quarters. Argentina cut the lead to 76-69, but that was as close as it got as the USA Team would never trail in winning its pool-play opener.

“I thought it was a hard-fought game and that Argentina made some really good runs and never gave up after we would get some bigger leads. It was a game of runs and was really impressed by how hard they played when they got down,” Purdue head coach Matt Painter said. “This was a good adjustment for us to see what we will be up against here, and how hard teams are going to play against us.

“We had more turnovers than we typically do and we have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” Painter added. “There were stretches that we were really, really good and stretches that we were pretty bad. It was good to get that first win against a really good team, but there’s room for improvement obviously.”

RELATED: Men's swimming collects first gold for USA | Iowa baseball (USA) tops Mexico

Sophomore Carsen Edwards led USA with 17 points, five steals, four rebounds and three assists in a strong all-around floor game. Dakota Mathias added 16 points with four 3-pointers, Vincent Edwards had 14 points, nine rebounds and three assists and P.J. Thompson had 13 points and four assists. Isaac Haas would add 11 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-7 shooting and Jacquil Taylor continued his impressive run with five points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Erik Thomas, the 2017 Southland Conference Player of the Year from New Orleans, scored 17 points to lead Argentina.

USA Team shot 31-of-75 (.413) from the field, 9-of-32 (.281) from 3-point range and 18-of-24 (.750) from the free throw line.

Purdue, which is representing Team USA at the World University Games, will face United Arab Emirates on Monday, Aug. 21, beginning at 3 a.m. ET. There will be no stream, but live stats will be available.

Leaky roof, buzzer beater, more upsets add to wild college basketball season

Put Wednesday night down as another wacky night that fuels an even wackier college basketball season. Vanderbilt ended a 28-game SEC losing streak, and Butler turned a leaky roof into a buzzer-beater. What else is new?
READ MORE

Women's basketball: Sabrina Ionescu's record breaking week headlines this week's Starting Five

Oregon's superstar, Sabrina Ionescu had a record-breaking week, surpassing Hall of Famer Gary Payton as the all-time Pac-12 assist leader in both men's and women's basketball.
READ MORE

Iowa wrestling is rolling and what else we learned from a wild weekend in the Big Ten

The No. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes showed off in the most dominant way possible this weekend against Indiana and Purdue, winning both duals by 41-0.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners