Looks like Darius Miller won’t be a World University Games medalist after all. The US team lost to Lithuania in a stunning quarterfinal upset, 76-74. Poor shooting doomed Team USA, who fell behind early after an early second half run by Lithuania and couldn’t recover. A late 8-0 run tied the game at 74, but Mantas Kadzevicius sank two free throws to seal the deal for Lithuania.
Darius Miller did not have the best outing, his sole point coming on a free throw. He was 0-2 from the field and pulled down four rebounds. Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins was the top scorer for the Americans with 17 points, followed by Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs with 16. Team USA will play Romania (3-3) at 8:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time) on August 21, with the winner advancing to the 5th/6th place game.
Here’s the official USA Basketball writeup of the game. But, I think you should read Eurobasket’s writeup. It is much more entertaining:
Lithuania will play in World University Games semifinals. They stunned USA to stay in the title race. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) stepped up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory.
USA quite expectedly grabbed the initiative early in the game. The North Americans posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. USA registered a 42:37 halftime advantage. However Lithuania tipped off the second half on a 7:0 run to surge ahead. Denmon Green returned the lead to the United States midway through the third quarter but Gediminas Orelikas and Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) made it 65:61 for the Baltic team heading into the fourth frame. Gediminas Zyle (209-C-88) stretched the gap to 8 points midway through the fourth quarter. But USA reacted with an 8:0 run to draw things level at 74 with under two minutes to go. Kadzevicius sank two free throws and then the teams went scoreless for almost 100 seconds as Lithuania escaped with a narrow win at the end. Marius Valukonis had 11 points, while Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) and Gediminas Zyle posted 10 points each in the victory. John Jenkins (193-G-91) replied with 17 points for USA. Ashton Gibbs (187-G-90) provided 16 points in defeat.