USA Rolls Past Italy 100-63 to Reach Basketball World Cup Semifinals
MANILA, Philippines (AP) The United States is headed to the medal round of the Basketball World Cup, bouncing back from its first loss of the tournament in emphatic fashion.
Mikal Bridges scored 14 of his 24 points in the first half, Tyrese Haliburton added 18 and the U.S. was airtight for long stretches defensively on the way to easily beating Italy 100-63 on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the World Cup.
The win ensures the 15th top-four finish for the Americans (5-1) in 19 World Cups. They will play either Germany (5-0) or Latvia (4-1) in Fridays semifinals; those two teams play their quarterfinal game in Manila on Wednesday.
It was 46-24 USA by halftime, with Austin Reaves providing the exclamation point with a follow-slam that had teammates out of their seats. The margin was that big despite Anthony Edwards the team's leading scorer entering Tuesday, averaging just over 20 points in the first five games of the World Cup not even getting on the scoresheet until the first possession of the third quarter.