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Jun 28, 2013 12:05 AM by UL Sports Information

UL's Payton, Team USA Stroll Past Ivory Coast In Worlds Opener

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - Elfrid Payton scored nine points and added a team-high seven rebounds as Team USA routed Ivory Coast, 88-29, on Thursday evening in a Pool "D" game of the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships, four Americans scored in double figures.

The win improves Team USA to 1-0 in pool play. In the other Group D game on Thursday, China edged Russia, 61-59.

The Americans used their quickness to dominate play. Team USA forced 16 turnovers, turning them into 22 points, and outscored the Ivory Coast, 66-10 in the paint.

A 54-25 rebounding advantage allowed Team USA to own a 18-2 edge in second chance points.

Payton, a 6-3 junior from Gretna, La. who was the last player invited to the USA Basketball tryouts earlier this month, started the game and played 18:19. He was three-for-six from the field and three-for-four from the line. Six of his seven boards came on the defensive end and he added one assist, one blocked shot, one steal and a pair of turnovers.

Houston native Justise Winslow led team USA with 14 points and seven rebounds, going six-for-10 from the floor, while Arizona's Aaron Gordon and Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes has 12 points each and Jahlil Okafor added 10 points.

Alpha Toure led Ivory Coast with nine points.

The Americans trailed just once in the contest, 2-1, before quickly taking a 14-4 lead on a basket by Marcus Smart with 6:07 left in the first quarter.

Ivory Coast answered with a basket by Alpha Traore at the 5:41 mark to make it a 14-6 game.

That would be as close as Ivory Coast would come as Team USA ran off 19 straight points over a 3:34 period to open up a 33-7 lead with 1:19 left. Payton finished the run, gathering in an offensive rebound and scoring inside.

Team USA had a 22-7 scoring edge in the second quarter to build a 56-17 halftime lead and made it a 53-point advantage after three quarters, 75-22.

All 12 Team USA players scored at least two points, had at least one rebound and played more than 10 minutes.

Ivory Coast converted just 10 of its 55 field goal attempts, shooting .182 for the game while Team USA shot .507, going 38-for-75.

Team USA continues Pool "D" play on Friday (June 28) when they face China at 1:15 CDT. Russia will take on Ivory Coast in the other game at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Team USA will close pool play against Russia on Saturday (June 29) at 1:15 p.m. CDT.

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