Shurna, USA rolling at U19 Championships

The USA U19 National Team rolled through pool play at the FIBA World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand. Inside, see how Northwestern forward John Shurna, the only player on the 12-man roster from the Big Ten, and the rest of the squad did as they marched into the second round.

The U19 USA National Team got its stiffest challenge today. And even that resulted in a 16-point USA win.

Team USA bested Greece 85-69 on Monday in the first game of round two of the FIBA U19 World Championships. Northwestern's John Shurna had eight points and two rebounds in just 11 minutes, connecting on 2-of-3 field goals and 1-of-2 three-pointers.

The win over Greece gave the US a 4-0 record at the tournament, which is taking place in Auckland, New Zealand.

In running their pool play record to 3-0, Team USA saved their biggest victory, fittingly, for July 4th.

That's when they laid a 112-55 throttling on Egypt. In that one, Shurna had another stellar outing: 13 points and six rebounds in just 20 minutes. He hit 4-of-7 shots -- including a pair of three-pointers -- and 3-of-7 free throws.

Through the first three games, Shurna was 8-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-8 from downtown. And he did it while averaging just 15 minutes per game.

As you may expect, the US has been overwhelming its international competition. In the team's three pool-play games -- against Iran, France and Egypt -- the combined score after the first quarter was 82-34, and the average margin of victory was more than 41 points.

The second game, against the French, was the closest pool play affair, a 71-55 win. But the final belies just how in control Team USA was from the outset. They lead 35-20 at halftime and 59-37 after three quarters.

Next up for Team USA is Puerto Rico on Tuesday, followed by Lithuania on Wednesday. The final round, should the US make it, begins on Friday.

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