KAZAN, Russia — Doug McDermott had 17 points and a team-best nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Canada knocked the U.S. men from medal contention with a 94-85 victory Friday.
The Americans closed Group C pool play at the World University Games with back-to-back losses. At 3-2, the U.S. can finish no better than ninth in the 24-team competition. Team USA will play three more games, starting at 1 a.m. Sunday against Norway.
The U.S. started strong with eight early points from Louisville's Luke Hancock to surge to a 14-4 lead. But Canada countered with a 14-3 run to take its first lead at 18-17 by the end of the first quarter. The Americans would not lead again.
Canada scored 10 straight to take a 35-24 lead by the midpoint of the second quarter before a free throw from VCU's Treveon Graham. McDermott made his first shot of the game to trim Canada's lead to 37-30, and the Americans trailed 46-36 at intermission.
McDermott scored the first eight points of the second half for Team USA, scoring inside before making a pair of 3-pointers as the U.S. attempted a comeback. McDermott opened the fourth quarter with his fourth trey, but the Americans never got any closer than eight points in the final period.
The game ended in bizarre fashion as the arena lights went out with 10.6 seconds left. The final seconds were played with minimal lighting as the U.S. held the ball without a shot.
Hancock, the Final Four's most outstanding player, paced the U.S. with 27 points, making 5 of 6 3-pointers. Cory Jefferson of Baylor added 17 points.
Team USA hit 15 of 32 3-pointers, helped by McDermott, who was 5 of 11. But Team USA also went 14 for 40 on 2-point shots and had 16 assists to go with 17 turnovers.
Iowa State senior Melvin Ejim scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds in helping Canada finish pool play 5-0 to capture first place in Pool C.
Ejim is averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game.