US beats World team 101-67 at the Nike Hoop Summit
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) At times, it seemed as though Terrance Ferguson could not miss.
He hit seven 3-pointers for his 21 points and the U.S. national junior select team beat the under-19 world team 101-67 on Saturday at the annual Nike Hoop Summit.
''I had a hot hand and the players couldn't beat me so, I just kept shooting,'' Ferguson said.
Team USA finished with 36 3-point attempts, setting a record for most 3-points attempts in the event's history. Ferguson finished with half of the team's 14 made 3-pointers.
The 34-point margin was the largest in the 19-year history of the event. Jarrett Allen of Austin, Texas, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin, and the United States made a Hoop Summit record 14 3s.
The annual event is a showcase for promising U.S. prep players and up-and-coming talent from around the world. Over 100 active NBA players once appeared in the Hoop Summit, including Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki and Nicolas Batum.
Before Saturday, the World team had won three games in the last five years, including a narrow 103-101 win last year.
Ferguson, who is from Dallas and is uncommitted, had six of his 3s in a span of four minutes in the first half - scoring 18 straight points - and the United States built a 44-22 lead at the break.
Ziming Fan, DeAndre Ayton and Isaia Cordinier each had eight points for the world team.
The United States was dominant from the start, jumping out to an early 16-0 lead, capitalized by a flashy breakaway dunk from De'Aaron Fox five minutes into the first quarter. Fox, from Katy, Texas, is a Kentucky commit.
The world team could not find the basket, committing shot clock violations on back-to-back possessions midway through the opening quarter. Sixteen-year-old Udoke Azubuike of Nigeria earned World's first basket with just over three minutes remaining in the first.
''We just didn't have it but I commend each and every one of them for giving it everything they've got all week and hopefully we will come back next year and be a little bit better,'' world head coach Roy Rana said.
Payton Pritchard, an Oregon native and University of Oregon commit, finished with 12 points. Pritchard, a senior point guard at West Linn High School is the first Oregonian to play for the United States in the game since Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones in 2010. Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, an Oregon native who also has Canadian citizenship, played in the game in 2011 on the world team.