Goodwin Has 13 Points, Seven Boards In Team USA's Win Over Mexico Sunday
June 17, 2012
Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, BRAZIL - University of Memphis incoming freshman Shaq Goodwin scored 13 points and grabbed seven boards to lead USA Basketball's U18 squad to a 110-59 win over Mexico at the 2012 FIBA Americas Championship Sunday. The contest was the second for both teams in Group A pool play.
Goodwin followed up Saturday's 30-point performance against the U.S. Virgin Islands with his 13 points and seven boards in Sunday's win. He scored his 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and 1-of-2 from the free throw line. Goodwin, who started Sunday's contest and played 22 minutes, tied for game-high honors with his seven rebounds. He also dished out three assists.
With Sunday's win, Team USA assured itself of a spot in the FIBA Americas Championship semifinal round June 19. The Americans play their final game of Group A pool play versus host Brazil Monday at 4 p.m. (CT).
Jake Layman led Team USA with 18 points, while Rodney Purvis (13 points) and Montrezl Harrel (13) also netted double figures. Harrel grabbed a game-best tying seven rebounds. Marcus Smart and James Robinson each handed out four assists for the U.S.
The U.S. jumped on Mexico early and didn't let up throughout the contest, holding a 32-12 advantage after the first period of play. Goodwin picked up where he left off Saturday, netting seven of his 13 points in the first quarter. The second period was more of the same with the Americas extending their lead to 32 points at 58-26 by the break. Goodwin led the U.S. with nine points at halftime.
The U.S. led 85-43 at the end of the third quarter, before closing with the 110-59 final.
Team USA shot nearly 53.8 percent from the floor, while holding Mexico to 33.3 percent (21-of-63) from the field. The U.S. shot only 46.9 percent from the free throw line (15-of-32), but Mexico didn't perform much better from the charity stripe at 54.1 percent (20-of-37).
The Americans out-rebounded Mexico 50-38, including a 36-25 edge on the defensive glass. The U.S. dished out 20 assists and forced 25 Mexico turnovers. Team USA held advantages in fastbreak points (37-16), points off turnovers (22-9) and second-chance points (20-10).