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Rivers & Cook Lead USA at Nike Hoop Summit
Saturday 04/10/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Courtesy: Ross Davis
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Future Duke Blue Devil Austin Rivers

PORTLAND, OR - Austin Rivers scored a game-high 20 points, while Quinn Cook added 12 points to lead the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team to a 92-80 win over the World Select Team at the Nike Hoop Summit Saturday night in front of a national television audience and a Rose Garden crowd of 8,955 in Portland, Ore.

Rivers went 7-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, in the victory. He also had two rebounds, one block and a steal in 26 minutes of action.

"It's just a great opportunity to come out here and play with the top talent in the world," said Rivers. "I was very excited that USA Basketball got us all together, kept us in shape and got us ready to play against this team. Fortunately for us, we came out with the victory."

Cook scored his 12 points in just 16 minutes of play. He was 5-of-7 from the field, including 2-of-4 from three-point range, and also had three assists in the contest.

While four U.S. players scored in double-digits and all 10 USA team members put points on the board, Bismack Biyombo (Fuenlabrada, Spain and DR Congo) tallied 12 points, 11 rebounds and a Nike Hoop Summit record 10 blocked shots for the first triple-double in the game's history.

However, Biyombo's individual performance was no match for a stellar USA team effort.

"I'm a big believer in having depth, and with this particular team you have quality depth," said USA head coach Kevin Sutton (Orlando, Fla.). "Having a bench where you could rotate players in freely with very little to no drop off was part of our game plan. We wanted to use our length, we wanted to use our athleticism and we wanted to make it a full court game versus a half court game. So having depth contributed to us being successful tonight."

The USA's defense limited the World Team to 37.5 percent shooting from the field overall, including just 14.3 percent in the first quarter and 26.8 percent at halftime. Poor shooting meant the World Team was unable to capitalize on its 23 offensive rebounds and its 41-39 rebounding advantage over the USA.

Complete results, stats, quotes and notes from the 2011 Nike Hoop Summit available at www.usabasketball.com.


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