World University Games: Purdue men's basketball tops UAE 127-53, USA improves to 2-0 in pool play
TAIPEI — Eight players scored in double figures and USA Team dominated in every facet to improve to 2-0 in pool play at the World University Games with a 127-53 rout of the United Arab Emirates on Monday afternoon.
Ryan Cline, who started for the injured P.J. Thompson, led the USA with 20 points and seven rebounds, connecting on 4-of-6 from long range and 4-of-4 from inside the 3-point line.
The American squad, made up entirely of Purdue players, went 15-of-30 from long range after entering the game shooting just 28.6 percent against its previous four international opponents. As a team, USA Team shot 58.3 percent (49-of-84) from the field and had 28 assists while outrebounding UAE 57-18.
Vincent Edwards added a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds and was joined in double-figures by Dakota Mathias (15), Sasha Stefanovic (15), Aaron Wheeler (11), Eden Ewing (10), Nojel Eastern (10) and Isaac Haas (10). Stefanovic was 5-of-8 from long distance, while Mathias was 3-of-5. Six different players had 3-point field goals for the USA.
Eastern would dish out a team-best nine assists, while Taylor added nine rebounds and Wheeler had eight.
USA led 35-14 after one quarter and 58-24 at the break. The lead was 90-42 after three quarters as head coach Matt Painter alternated starters and reserves by quarter.
Thompson suffered a thigh bruise in Sunday's win over Argentina, and with Tuesday being a day off from competition, Painter decided to sit his senior point guard to rest for the remainder of pool play.
USA will next face the Czech Republic on Wednesday, Aug. 23, tipping off at 5:30 a.m. ET, from Taipei Arena. The Czech Republic is 1-1 in pool play.