UT's Watson scores 8 for USA Team

University of Tennessee basketball standout C.J. Watson contributed eight points and a team-high five assists Monday night in helping the USA Junior World Championship Team hammer the Global Games Select Team 97-77 in Dallas. The USA team (2-0) faces Africa (1-1) today as the Global Games continue.

Deron Williams' (Illinois/ The Colony, Texas) nailed 4-of-4 shots from 3-point range and scored a team-high 14 points to pace the USA team.

Dez Willingham, who committed to UT a year ago only to learn the Vols already had promised their final scholarship to Dane Bradshaw, hit a basket to give the Global Games Select Team a 9-7 lead with 5:05 left in the first quarter. The USA Team then went on a 14-0 run and coasted to a 50-32 halftime lead.

The USA shot well for the second consecutive night, making 52.3 percent from the field overall. Owning a 39-23 advantage on the glass, the USA defense forced 23 turnovers and limited its opponent to 45.0 percent shooting.

In addition to Williams' 14 points, the USA got 11 points from Paul Davis (Michigan State / Rochester, Mich.), 10 from Kevin Pittsnogle (West Virginia / Morgantown, W. Va.), while Maurice Ager (Michigan State / Detroit, Mich.), Ryan Hollins (UCLA / Pasadena, Calif.) and Watson (Tennessee/Las Vegas, Nev.) each contributed eight points.

''I was impressed with our composure to listen to a game plan and execute a game plan for about 32 minutes of that game. I was really impressed with how far this team has come in a very short period of time,ä stated USA head mentor Ernie Kent. ''We blew this game open with our defense. Our defense gave us an opportunity to get down the floor, our defense gave us an opportunity to get into a great rhythm offensive. When you can defense like we did tonight we were getting easy buckets, with that confidence came, then just making the extra pass. We found Daren wide open and he was in a great rhythm and stroked the ball really well.''


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