Vincent Grier Scores 14 Points as U.S. Wins 117-61

Cincinnati forward Eric Hicks came off the bench to score 24 points as the U.S. Men defeated China 117-61 to improve to 4-0 at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. Hicks had scored just three points in two games before the scoring outburst. Minnesota senior Vincent Grier scored 14 points in the win. He is averaging 10.0 points per game in the four victories.

The USA, which has now won 51 of the last 52 World University Games, avenged its last loss to China, which came in the semifinals of the 2001 Games. The Americans will next play the Czech Republic on Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. at Ataturk Sports Salon in the final game of the preliminary second round.

Hicks was part of a bench brigade which combined for 61 points in the runaway win. Shelden Williams of Duke scored 16 points, Vincent Grier from Minnesota added 14, Gerry McNamara of Syracuse 12, while Randy Foye from Villanova and Mike Gansey of West Virginia each had ten points.

McNamara provided an early spark for the USA, connecting on three 3-point field goals just after the opening tip as the Americans built a 13-2 lead with 7:01 to play in the first quarter.

"I haven't gotten into a rhythm yet, I haven't come out and felt my legs underneath me in the first few games here," said McNamara, who came into the game having connected on only three of 15 3-point attempts. "I really wanted to make a point to come out and set the tone and I was able to do that in the first couple of minutes of the game."

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