USA Squad Drops Second Exhibition Game

USA Squad Drops Second Exhibition Game

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VILNIUS, LITHUANIA -- Poor shooting and 21 turnovers added up to a second consecutive exhibition loss for the USA U19 team, which dropped a 108-75 decision to the Lithuania U19 National Team in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Tuesday (June 28).  The contest was the final tune-up for the U.S. team prior to the start of the FIBA U19 World Championship.

The U.S. squad hit just 26 of 73 (.356) shots against Lithuania and was 0-17 from beyond the three-point arc.  Lithuania jumped to an 11-point lead, 34-23, in the first quarter and led, 59-38, at halftime.

“At the end of the first quarter we had turnovers that led to three straight threes and that got them going, got the crowd going and they played very well from there,” said USA head coach Paul Hewitt (George Mason) in a USA Basketball release. “We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball; we’ve got to do a better job on the boards. We didn’t rebound as consistently as I would have liked tonight and turnovers led to too many extra chances for them. They’re a very good basketball team.”

Butler’s Khyle Marshall scored a basket with 1:37 left in the first quarter to cut Lithuania’s lead to 22-19, but the host team responded with the three three-point field goals to take a 34-21 advantage.  Marshall added the final U.S. basket of the first quarter.

Doug McDermott (Creighton) led the U.S. with 15 points, while Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) added 13.  Joe Jackson (Memphis) finished with 12 points.  Marshall, who played 11 minutes in the contest, scored six points on three of six shooting from the field and added three rebounds.

Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 pick to the Toronto Raptors in last week’s NBA Draft, topped Lithuania with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

The U.S. team will begin play in the FIBA U19 World Championship on Thursday (June 30, 9 a.m. ET) against Egypt in Liepaja, Latvia.

U.S. Preliminary Round Schedule at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Thursday, June 30 - vs. Egypt, 9 a.m. (ET)
Friday, July 1 - vs. Servia, 9 a.m. (ET)
Saturday, July 2 - vs. China, 11:15 a.m. (ET)