SHENZHEN, CHINA - University of Kentucky senior Darius Miller and the United States shook off a rally from Israel to win 94-84 Thursday to finish pool play with a 5-0 record at the World University Games basketball tournament in Shenzhen, China.
Miller, who started the game, contributed 7 points, one assist and one rebound in 21 minutes.
The U.S. trailed at halftime 43-41 in its first deficit at a quarter break in the tournament before opening things up with a 10-0 run from the end of the third quarter to the first two minutes of the fourth quarter.
The U.S. plays Lithuania (4-1) Saturday in the quarterfinals. Players get the day off Friday. The semifinals are scheduled for Sunday with the finals of the tournament on Monday.
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"Anytime you can get into a close game and win it, it really helps your team," said USA and Purdue University Coach Matt Painter in a release from USA Basketball. "The game of basketball will humble you at times. I thought there was no difference between the team we beat by 60 and the one we beat by 10. It shows that on any given day, you'd better be ready and you'd better have that focus. Hopefully this close game will help our guys going into the medal round."
Alabama's JaMychal Green led the U.S. with 16 points.