Darius Miller grabs eight rebounds in USA exhibition win

Darius Miller scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds to help the U.S. team for the World University Games win their first exhibition game in China.

The box score is after the jump.

This from USA Basketball:

HUIZHOU, CHINA (Aug. 11, 2011) – After trailing by as many as eight points in the first quarter, John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.) hit three straight 3-pointers during a 14-0 run in the second period to help propel the USA Men’s World University Games Team to an eventual 88-61 exhibition win over Chinese professional team New Century on Aug. 11 at Huizhou Stadium in Huizhou, China.

Jenkins finished 8-of-10 from 3-point for a game-high 24 points, while Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara/Seaside, Calif.), Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota/ St. Paul, Minn.) and Greg Mangano (Yale/Orange, Conn.) added nine points apiece.

“I thought this was a great game for our team to get ready for the World University Games,” said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter . “(New Century) presented a lot of challenges for us, especially in the first half. With their size, they did a good job of carralling us, not letting us get going. But this was a great tune-up game for us. I thought our guys did a good job of adjusting. We went through a period of time in the first half where I thought we missed some open shots, and our guys didn’t get frustrated. We did our best to sub players in and out to keep everybody fresh and wear down our opponent. After John (Jenkins) got hot and made some 3-pointers and we got out in transition a little bit more, I thought our depth was really the key to our victory.”

The USA will open play in the 2011 World University Games play on Aug. 13 against Mexico at 6 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time).

“This was a great experience for our team to come out here and play in this exhibition game in front of a crowd,” Jenkins said. “They came out strong and hit us pretty hard, and we had to battle back throughout the game. I want to thank my teammates for passing me the ball when I was open.”

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