University of Kentucky signee Jamal Murray scored 20 points Wednesday night to help lead Canada to an 88-83 come-from-behind victory over Argentina in the preliminary round of the Pan American Games men's basketball tournament in Toronto.
Canada, which beat the Dominican Republic on Tuesday night, improved to 2-0 in the tournament. The Canadians close group play Thursday against Mexico at 6 p.m.
Murray, playing point guard, made six of 15 field-goal attempts in 27 minutes of action Wednesday. He made four of seven three-point attempts and all four of his free throws.
Murray also contributed two rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot. He committed three turnovers.
Former UK player Kyle Wiltjer, a senior-to-be at Gonzaga, is also on the Canadian roster but did not play Wednesday.
The 18-year-old Murray came up with a savvy play defensively to help close out Argentina. Guard Nicolas Laprovitola, who scored 22 points for Argentina, drove to the basket against Murray with 24 seconds remaining and Canada clinging to an 83-80 lead. Murray stayed with him stride for stride and appeared to get a piece of the ball as Laprovitola went up in an attempt to score or draw Murray's fifth foul. Canada came away with the basketball and was able to close out the contest at the free-throw line.