Tim Hardaway Jr. Scores 18 in Team USA Exhibition Loss

Dylan Burkhardt

4acf6bbf-e[1]The USA U19 World Championship team played its first exhibition game in Europe this afternoon, falling to Lithuania’s U20 squad. The American squad showed signs of jetlag as they fell behind 32-8 in the first quarter, while shooting just 2 of 15 from the floor. After managing to cut the deficit to 72-55 through three quarters, Lithuania pulled away in the fourth and won the game by a final score of 101-72. (Photo: USA Basketball)

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points in the loss with 16 coming in the second half. He was the leading scorer for Team USA and converted on 7 of 18 field goal attempts (2-8 3pt), grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists. (Box score)

Highlights and more details after the jump.

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Team USA will participate in one more exhibition game, versus the Lithuanian U19 squad, on Tuesday before traveling to Latvia for the FIBA U19 World Championships. USA’s group includes China, Egypt and Serbia and the Americans will open against Egypt on Thursday.

Here’s a compilation of video clips released by USA Basketball from training camp in Colorado, including some quotes from Tim Hardaway Jr. and head coach Paul Hewitt.

  • Ctopher

    18?  Box score says he scored 27. 

    • Ctopher

      Whoops read that wrong.  My bad.

  • Bbuck5

    is this going to be on TV, i would like to watch it.if anyone knows let me know thanks

    • ChocoJoe

      Yea, is the tournament going to be on TV or at least online?

  • Paul

     If only the rest of team contributed…Go Blue!

  • Flwolve

    They had Hardaway coming off the bench but he ended up tied for the most minutes played.  I suspect he’ll be starting from here on out.

  • allogic

    Timmy 2 had a lot of big second halves last season.  If our favorite team is going to reach its potential this season, he’s going to have to set the tempo with his scoring from the jump.

    //Acknowledging that he started on the bench this game.  Still.

  • section13row15

    Keith Appling sucks

    • Bluebufoon

      Today is Monte Morris birthday. Wouldn’t today be the perfect time for Morris to declare his college choice ? Either way –Happy Birthday Monte Morris. Go Blue !!!

      Wonder how U-M’s team camp went over the weekend ?

      • Wayman Britt

        Would love to hear Monte say he is going to college at the University of Michigan.

  • MichiganMLB

    Did this U20 Lithuania team have any potential NBA/high-level professional players?

    • Jefalmo

      Jonas Valenciunas (sp?) just went in the lottery

  • kennyYe

    not a good start for the American squad, seems that they did not play good defense. Hope that THJr will carry the team and they start winning. 

  • blueblitz

    Speaking of how the rest of the team is doing you can follow Bacari Alexander on Twitter…very encouraging posts lately.