AVELLINO, ITALY - John Newman III scored a game-high 20 points with a team-high seven rebounds, as the United States team (comprised of 2019-20 Clemson players) defeated Ukraine 85-63 to win the gold medal in the World University Games at Palasport Del Mauro on Thursday.
The United States, who won their 15th gold medal in men’s basketball at the World University Games, finished the tournament with a 6-0 record and won their first gold since 2015 and second since 2005 at the biennial event.
Coached by Clemson's Brad Brownell, the United States out-rebounded Ukraine 42-36, shot 43 percent from the field and held Ukraine to 35-percent shooting. The United States had 10 players score in the game. Joining Newman in double figures was Aamir Simms with 12 points and Trey Jemison with 11 points.
The United States, which defeated Ukraine 59-58 in pool play, trailed 6-0 before going on a 23-4 run to build a 23-10 lead late in the first quarter. Behind 12-21 (57.1 percent) shooting, the United States had a 28-15 lead after one quarter.
They continued their hot shooting and went on a 12-2 run to start the second quarter to take a 40-17 lead. With nine United States players in the scoring column, they took a 48-23 lead at halftime, holding Ukraine to 30 percent from the field through two quarters.
Ukraine went on a 10-2 run to start the third quarter to narrow the United States lead to 50-33, but the United States answered with a 14-8 run to close the third quarter to take a 64-41 lead into the fourth quarter.
The United States cruised in the fourth quarter, building its biggest lead at 79-52 before closing out their 22-point win.
Clemson opens the 2019-20 season on Nov. 5 against Virginia Tech in Littlejohn Coliseum.