Team USA improved to 2-0 in the World University Games by dismantling the Czech Republic, 96-53, in Russia on Monday in preliminary play.
Tyler Haws is seeing less minutes than most of his teammates, but his lone hoop in Monday's win was emphatic. Haws threw down a dunk on the receiving end of a Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) lob to give Team USA its final hoop of the contest. Haws played 12 minutes, adding a rebound while shooting 1-of-4 from the field.
Haws is now 2-for-7 from the field after two games of pool play, averaging three points and four rebounds per game in just 11.5 minutes per game.
USA was led by Creighton's Doug McDermott, who scored 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. McDermott was one of only four players to score in double figures for the Red, White, and Blue. Louisville's Luke Hancock pitched in 15 points.
Haws helped keep the Czechs in check as the opposition shot a poor 31%.
Hopefully Haws will get more looks as coaches continue to feel out the team in the preliminary round, and can solidify a spot in the rotation before the tournament stage. His game should translate well to international play -- so I hope the current distribution of minutes still has some experimenting to endure.
July 9 is a day off for the U.S., and the final three preliminary games for Team USA are as follows (all times Mountain, as correctly as I have figured them):
July 10 - Sweden, 11 a.m.
July 11 - Australia, 8:30 a.m.
July 12 - Canada, 3 a.m.