KAZAN, Russia — Doug McDermott and the U.S. men's basketball team kicked off play at the World University Games with a record-setting 140-46 win against the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.
The senior-to-be at Creighton was one of nine Americans to score in double figures, finishing with 15 points. The U.S. also had three players record double-doubles.
Indiana's Yogi Ferrell recorded a record 13 assists to go with his 15 points and four steals. The U.S. also set team records with 36 assists, 70 rebounds and 39 3-point attempts.
The Americans took control with a 14-3 surge in the first 3:37.
“One of the great joys of coaching is playing 40 minutes, and these guys gave us that joy tonight because we played consistently from start to finish,” U.S. coach Bob McKillop said. “We started fast, we finished strong.”
Sean Kilpatrick, from Cincinnati, led the Americans with 18 points and Iowa's Aaron White scored 16. Also scoring in double figures were Will Sheehey (Indiana) with 15, Cory Jefferson (Baylor) with 14, Treveon Graham (VCU) with 13, Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado) with 11 and Alex Kirk (New Mexico) with 10 points.
In his 13 minutes, McDermott added four rebounds and two assists. He was 6 of 7 shooting, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.
“Everyone on this team can score, and that's an advantage,” Kilpatrick said. “We have the best players in the USA as of right now, and it was good to come down here with these guys and play this game.
“Everyone on this team plays the game the right way. When you've got guys that share the ball this well, then it's very special.”
Also in Group D play Sunday, Finland beat Chile 71-52 and Lithuania topped Norway 94-71.
The U.S. continued preliminary round action against the Czech Republic at 4 a.m. Monday