Davis scores six in USA victory

FRISCO, Texas -- LSU's Glen Davis scored six points off the bench as the 2005 USA Men's U21 World Championship team ran its record to 2-0 late Thursday night with an 81-66 win over 2004 U20 European champs Slovenia at the Dr. Pepper Star Center in the 2005 Global Games.

Davis played 13 minutes and hit 2-of-3 field goals and had two offensive boards. For the second straight game, Davis had three steals.

J.J. Redick of Duke led the way with 15 points, while Nick Fazekas of Nevada added 13 for the Americans. Zan Vrecko had 12 to lead Slovenia.

The United States continues Global Games play against also undefeated Lithuania (2-0) on tonight at 8:00 p.m. The gold medal game is scheduled for Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

"There were times when we had a lot of energy, but then we didn't convert on the other end and our energy dissipated," said USA and Saint Joseph's University (Pa.) head coach Phil Martelli. "One of the things we have to remember is that these guys are young. This event is called the (FIBA) Young Men's World Championship (now the U21 World Championship) for a reason. I'm confident now that we have their attention."

Slovenia went up 9-7 at 7:09, but the United States scored 10 unanswered points in a 14-2 run which closed the quarter with the U.S. on top 21-11. Redick had six points in the first 10 minutes as six different players scored for the good guys.

The USA was unable to pull away through the first 7:44 of the second stanza and with 2:16 before the half the red, white and blue still held onto a 10-point, 37-27 lead. However, the United States put more pressure on the Europeans and forced three turnovers while closing the half on a 9-0 run. By halftime the gap had been extended to 19 points, 46-27, and the game seemed to be put away.

A Curtis Withers (Charlotte) bucket opened the second half, giving the USA its largest lead of the game, 48-27 at 9:40. However, Slovenia started to pressure defensively and run the ball offensively. Their change of pace resulted in seven straight points from Zogorc Ziga in a 14-2 run that closed Slovenia's deficit to 50-41 with 16:20 to go in the game. Redick nailed a three at 5:25, but Slovenia again posted a run and cut it to six at 3:21, 53-47. But that was as close as the Slovenians would come.

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