Goodwin Nets Game-High 30 Points In Team USA Win Saturday
June 16, 2012
Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, BRAZIL - University of Memphis incoming freshman Shaq Goodwin scored a game-high 30 points and pulled down six boards to lead USA Basketball's U18 squad to a 105-42 win over the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship Saturday. The contest was the opener in Group A pool play for both teams.
Goodwin netted his 30 points with a perfect shooting game on 12-of-12 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws. The 6-foot-8 forward scored his 30 points while playing just over 18 minutes in the contest.
Jarnell Stokes added 19 points and eight rebounds, and Julius Randle and Rasheed Suliamon each netted 12 points to round out the double-figure scorers for Team USA. Jake Layman led the U.S. on the glass with 10 rebounds.
Team USA held a 48-24 lead at halftime and continued to pour in on the third period. The U.S. outscored the Virgin Islands 28-8 in the third quarter to build its lead to 76-32 heading into the final period. After netting 13 points in the first half, Goodwin doubled his offensive output to 26 total points with his 13-point, third-quarter performance.
In the final period, the Americans outscored their foe 29-10 for the 105-42 final. Goodwin scored four points in the final quarter.
The U.S. jumped out to a 26-13 advantage in the first period, despite hitting only 13-of-23 free throws in the opening quarter. Team USA extended its lead to 48-24 by halftime with a dominating performance on the glass, out-rebounding the Virgin Islands 34-15 in the first half. Goodwin scored 13 points in the first half of action.
Team USA shot nearly 60 percent from the floor (59.3), while holding the Virgin Islands to an incredibly-low 15.5 percent (11-of-71) from the field. The U.S. shot only 57.1 percent from the free throw line, but got to the charity stripe 56 times (32-of-56).
The Americans more than doubled up the Virgin Islands on the glass 64-30. Team USA held advantages in fastbreak points (28-8), points off turnovers (18-8) and second-chance points (14-0).
Team USA returns to action Sunday in Group A pool play at the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The U.S. faces Mexico at 12 p.m. (CT).