Off and Running

Mike Gansey scored a team-best 13 points off the bench to lead the U.S. world University Games team to an opening-round 94-47 win over Iran on Friday.

Displaying the same all-around savvy that helped spur West Virginia to the Elite Eight, Gansey snared six rebounds, had four steals, and blocked a shot to get the U.S. off to a 1-0 start in Pool F. He made three of his seven shots from the field (including 2-5 from three-point range), and hit five of his six free throw attempts. He did not commit a turnover.

"I hit a couple in a row and I felt really good, once you hit a couple of shots everything else in your game feels better," said Gansey, who had 11 of his points in the second half when the USA opened as much as a 49-point lead. "As long as we play as hard as we can and as a team, we should win some games."

The U.S. led by nine after the first quarter, then blew the game open by outscoring the Iranians 44-24 in the second en route to a 67-38 halftime lead.

The U.S. faces Slovakia tomorrow as pool play continues.

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