University of Kentucky guard Jamal Murray scored 12 points and contributed two rebounds and two assists on Tuesday night to help Canada defeat the Dominican Republic 105-88 in its opening men's basketball contest at the Pan American Games in Toronto.
Murray, an incoming freshman who signed with the Wildcats this summer, played 21 minutes and made five of his seven shots from the field and two of his three free-throw attempts. The point guard committed two turnovers.
Murray, 18, is the youngest player on the team.
"I play with older guys all of the time," he said. "It's more physical, but once you run up the court a couple times, you get a good feel for the game."
Former UK player Kyle Wiltjer, a senior-to-be at Gonzaga, played 38 seconds in the opener and scored two points for Canada. Former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Bennett, a teammate of former UK standout Karl-Anthony Towns with the Minnesota Timberwolves, scored 15 points. Former Baylor guard Brady Heslip led Canada with 24 points.
Canada continues preliminary-round play Wednesday against Argentina at 6 p.m.