World University Games: Purdue men's basketball (USA) tops 100 in win over Czech Republic
TAIPEI - Vincent Edwards scored 22 points and USA Team surpassed the century mark for the second straight game, outrunning the Czech Republic 107-78 in the World University Games in Taipei.
The win moves the Americans’ record to 3-0 in pool play and inched the squad closer to the medal round after posting wins over Argentina (89-76), United Arab Emirates (127-53) and Czech Republic (107-78). Argentina and Estonia are both 2-1 in pool play while the Czech Republic and Romania are 1-2.
The Americans shot 13-of-18 from the field in the first quarter to race out to a 32-14 lead, but the Czech Republic went 10-of-14 in the second quarter to cut the halftime lead to 56-46.
USA regrouped and took an 82-64 lead into the fourth quarter, before outscoring the Czech Republic 25-14 in the final stanza for a 107-78 decision.
The American squad is now shooting 52.4 percent from the field in three tournament games, while leading the field in scoring at 107.7 points per game.
Vincent Edwards had an outstanding game for the USA squad, adding five rebounds and three assists to go along with his game-high 22 points. Edwards was 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-4 from long distance.
Isaac Haas added 17 points and five rebounds on 7-of-8 shooting and both Carsen Edwards and Ryan Cline contributed 12 points. Carsen Edwards, Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias and Sasha Stefanovic led the team with three assists.
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As a team, the Americans shot 39-of-68 (.574) from the field, 10-of-23 (.435) from 3-point range and 16-of-23 (.696) from the free throw line. USA outrebounded the Czech Republic 37-28 and had 17 turnovers to the Czech’s 19.
USA will go for the pool C title on Thursday, facing Romania at 3 a.m. ET, from Taipei Arena.