Auburn’s Austin Wiley & USA Basketball defeat Iran 108-48
AUBURN, Ala. – Sophomore Austin Wiley had five points, eight rebounds, a block and an assist as USA Basketball led from start to finish defeating Iran 108-48 in the FIBA U19 World Cup Group D opener in Cairo, Egypt at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Hall on Saturday.
Wiley, who was the USA’s captain and started at center, was saddled with two quick fouls but impressed as he was tied for the second-highest plus-minus on the team at +33 in only 14:58 of playing time.
The Hoover, Ala., native was 2-of-3 from the floor, 1-of-2 from the foul line had seven of his eight rebounds were on the defensive glass.
The United States shot 60.4 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from 3-point range and outrebounded Iran 52-29.
To watch the USA-Iran game again, go to http://www.fiba.com/world/u19/2017/0107/Iran-USA.
USA continues Group D play Sunday against Angola at 11:15 am CT before its final group play game against Italy on July 4 at 9:30 am. All games are steamed live at FIBA.com.
Following the preliminary round, all 16 teams will be seeded according to group play results and will advance to the July 5 round of 16. Winners will advance to the July 7 medal quarterfinals, while the remaining teams will continue playing out for classification.
The medal semifinals will be held July 8, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 9.
Wiley will be vying for his second-straight gold in as many summers as he was averaged 8.0 points and a team second-best 6.4 rebounds for Team USA’s gold medal winner at the FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship in Zaragoza, Spain in 2016.
The United States is looking for its third-straight gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup after winning over Serbia in 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic and defeating Croatia in 2015 in Heraklion, Greece.