[private]The United States men’s basketball team made a statement Saturday night in Beijing by dismantling Spain 119 – 82 in the fourth game of pool play. Eight American players scored double digit points in the victory. For the first time since arriving in China, the 3-point shots started falling as the USA made 12 of 25 attempts from behind the arc to compliment their 32 – 0 advantage in fast break points. Team USA’s signature stifling defense created 28 turnovers in this game.
Coach Krzyzewski commented: “I thought they missed some open shots tonight. We made our open shots; that was a big factor in the game. We know it’s a pool game. We know the importance of winning pool games, but the most important games are next week.”
Team USA concludes pool play against Germany on Monday evening then moves on to the Quarterfinals of Medal Play.