Vincent Grier Scores Six in USA Win over Germany

Shelden Williams (Duke / Forest Park, Okla.) and Craig Smith (Boston College / Los Angeles, Calif.) each scored 20 points to lead the USA to a hard-fought 72-62 win over Germany as the Americans improved to 3-0 at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. Minnesota senior Vincent Grier made two of three shots from the field and both free throws as he scored six points in the win, despite foul troubles.

With the victory, the USA swept through pool play and now advances to the preliminary second round, where they will play China (1-1) on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 5:15 p.m. at the Ege University Sports Hall.

Randy Foye (Villanova / Newark, N.J.) added 10 points for the USA, which won despite shooting only 3-of-20 behind the 3-point line. Saddled with foul trouble in the first half, all of Smith's points came over the final 20 minutes.

"That was a great international basketball game, they are a very well coached team and are big and strong and play well together," said USA and Villanova University (Pa.) head coach Jay Wright. "I was impressed with our guts down the stretch. We came up with a lot of big stops to win the game."

After leading by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, the USA saw Germany cut the lead to only one point, 58-57, after two free throws by Gordon Geib with 3:40 remaining.

Over the next three minutes, Smith and Williams took turns providing the spark for the USA offense. Smith scored six points, and Williams, four, as the USA went on a 10-4 run and stretched its lead back to 68-58 after a driving shot by Williams with 51 seconds to play.

Germany, which ended pool play with a 2-1 mark, scored only four points over the final 2:50. Geib and Sascha Leutluff each had 16 points to lead the Germans.

The game on Tuesday with China (1-1) will be a long-awaited rematch between the two countries. In 2001 it was China that ended the USA's 46-game World University Games winning streak in the semifinals by a score of 83-82. With the win over Germany, the USA has now won 50 of its last 51 games.

"I have seen them, they have a good team," Wright said of the Chinese. "They have good size, they shoot the ball well and it should be a good game. We know they will be fired up to play the U.S."

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