Vincent Grier Scores 14 Points as U.S. Wins 87-51

Shelden Williams of Duke led five players in double figures with 16 points as the 2005 USA Men's World University Games Team started slowly and then roared from behind to score an 87-51 win over the Czech Republic to improve to 5-0 at the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey. Minnesota senior Vincent Grier scored 14 points in the win for the second straight contest. He is averaging 10.8 points per game in the four victories.

With the win, the U.S. improved to 5-0 at the Games and will now play Lithuania in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Aug. 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ataturk Sports Salon.

Williams was backed up in double figures by Randy Foye of Villanova who scored 15 points, Vincent Grier from Minnesota and Matt Haryasz of Stanford each added 14, while Gerry McNamara from Syracuse scored 10.

The Czech Republic, 2-2, was led by center Ales Chan with 16 points. Behind nine early points by Chan, the Czech's opened the game with a 17-9 run.

After a timeout, USA's halfcourt trapping defense started to play havoc with the Czech's, as the Americans ended the first quarter and started the second on an 18-0 run. The USA led 27-19 after a basket by Craig Smith of Boston College with 6:26 to play in the second quarter.

"They started the game much more aggressive than us, they came out hard and hit some tough shots," said USA and Villanova head coach Jay Wright. "I wanted our guys to settle down and know that it was a long game, we had a lot of work to do yet. We have experienced guys who know how to handle those situations."

Forcing 17 Czech turnovers, the USA led 48-27 at halftime as Grier led the way with 12 points, while Foye and Williams added 10 apiece. The USA ended the half on a 37-10 run.

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