Watson, USA team defeated

UT basketball standout C.J. Watson and the rest of the USA team suffered a 106-85 loss to Australia Wednesday that eliminated them from title consideration at the Junior World Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The loss was the U.S. team's first in six outings but still eliminated them from the medal round. The American team's 2-1 mark in quarterfinal play placed it third behind Australia and Lithuania based on the tie-breaking point differential between the three teams for their games against each other.

The USA returns to the court on Saturday in the consolation semifinals and will face Slovenia. The USA and Slovenia met in the opening game of preliminary round play on July 10 and the U.S. prevailed 84-83 in a down-to-the wire game. The U.S. juniors will wrap up the World Championship on Sunday.

Despite the USA's disappointing loss, Michigan State forward Paul Davis (Rochester, Mich.) had a big day. He scored 28 points on 10 for18 shooting from the field, and grabbed 15 rebounds, seven of those offensive. No stats on Watson were available.

''Australia is a very good basketball team. If you look at the game they were better organized, better coached and they wanted the game much more than the United States,'' United States head coach Ernie Kent said. ''In watching their previous games, we could see how organized and how hard they played and tonight was no different. They played extremely well and were the better team tonight.''


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