As we’ve mentioned a few times this summer, Purdue is representing Team USA in the World University Games. Their first game of pool play will take place on the 20th against Argentina. In preparation of the games, Purdue played two exhibition games against Canada last week and played one final tuneup yesterday against Norway.
While somewhat inconsistent, Team USA ran away from Norway in decisive fashion, winning 81-49. USA jumped out all over Norway, taking a 25-4 lead into the second quarter. However, Norway narrowed the gap, holding USA to 9 points in the second and entering the break down by seven points. USA then got things rolling in the third, outscoring Norway 39-13 as they took care of business down the stretch.
Leading the way for Team USA was Vincent Edwards, who scored 21 points on 8 of 9 shooting. Also impressive was Isaac Haas, who scored 16 points and hit all seven of his field goals.
Forward Jacquil Taylor led the team with 12 rebounds in 16 minutes, something that should be intriguing for Purdue fans. With the departure of Caleb Swanigan, the frontcourt has cleared enough that Taylor will likely see considerably more minutes this upcoming season. With Taylor finally healthy, he could be set to contribute decisively more this season for Purdue.
On the defensive side of the ball Team USA held Norway to 33.3% from the field and 21.4% from three on their 28 attempts. They also forced 17 turnovers and out rebounded Norway 44-35.
Purdue’s game on the 20th against Argentina will be available online and tape-delayed on CBS Sports Network. Tip off is set for 5:30 a.m. ET.