Williams, Smith Lead U.S. Past Germany
IZMIR, Turkey (AP) _ Duke’s Shelden Williams and Boston College’s Craig Smith scored 20 points apiece to help the United States beat Germany 72-62 at the World University Games on Sunday.
The U.S. clinched the top spot in Group F with the victory and will play China in the next round. In the 2001 University Games semifinals, China ended Team USA’s streak of six straight golds and 46 wins.
In front of 1,000 fans at the Celal Atik arena, Germany trailed 58-57 with 3:40 left, but the Americans ended the game on a 14-5 run.
Smith is doubtful for Tuesday’s match against China after falling on his back with 37 seconds left.
``Craig bruised his tailbone,″ said U.S. coach Jay Wright. ``It’s pretty painful and stiff right now. He could be (out).″
Around 50 fans cheered loudly for Germany but remained good-natured. On Saturday, a section of local fans had booed and jeered the American players.
Gordon Geib and Sascha Leutluff led Germany with 16 points each.