PRAGUE, Czech Republic—University of Pittsburgh freshman James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) and Team USA continued their winning ways in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship by defeating China 113-57 on Friday. With the win, the United States is now 2-0 in preliminary round action.
Robinson came off the bench to play nine minutes and scored two points to go along two assists for the Americans. Through two games, Robinson is averaging 13.5 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
The United States dominated the entire game, outrebounding China by 36 boards and scored 70 points in the paint. Team USA also shot 53 percent from the floor (44-83), collected 30 offensive rebounds and made 23 steals in the game. Aaron Gordon led the USA with a double-double, scoring a team-high 17 points with 11 rebounds. Five other Americans reached double-figure scoring.
China struggled all evening to adapt to Team USA's stingy defense, creating only 43 shot attempts and committing 32 turnovers. With the loss, China drops to 1-1 in preliminary action after beating Russia 61-59 yesterday.
The United States team is back in action tomorrow when it faces Russia at the 02 Arena. Russia picked up a victory earlier in the day, defeating Ivory Coast 78-43. The last time Team USA and Russia played in this tournament was in 2011 when Russia downed the Americans 79-74. Tipoff for the game is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Prague time.
Games are being broadcast on http://www.livebasketball.tv/ and live stats can be followed at http://fibalivestats.com. More information can be obtained at www.usabasketball.com or http://prague2013.fiba.com/.