Quarterfinal Game Saturday With Lithuania
SHENZHEN, China – Rising senior Greg Mangano and Team USA made it through the preliminary round of the World University Games with a perfect 5-0 record. The team, though, will need to increase that winning streak to eight to come home with the gold medal. The United States faces Lithuania on Saturday in the quarterfinals. The semifinals are Sunday and the championship is set for Monday.
Mangano has averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in the tournament. His five blocks are second on the team, and he has shot 9-of-21 from the field. His top performance came against Mexico when he scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. He added seven points, three rebounds and two blocks in the win over Finland.
Mangano is coming off a season at Yale in which he finished ninth in the nation in blocked shots (3.0 per game) and 24th in rebounding (10.0 rpg.). He averaged 16.3 points and was a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection and earned all-district honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Mangano led the Ivy League in rebounding and blocked shots and was second in scoring. He was the first Ivy player to average a double-double for the season since Harvard's Kyle Snowden in 1995-96. His numbers were even more impressive in Ivy games where he averaged 18.6 points and 10.4 rebounds, which both led the league.
Mangano, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, was dominant on both ends of the floor. His 85 blocks were the most in a season in school history and the third most in Ivy history. In addition, his 51 blocks in league games were a new Ivy record. He scored 20 points or more in nine games this season, including tallying a career-high 30 in a victory at Dartmouth. He led the Bulldogs in rebounding in all but four games and grabbed a career-high 17 at Brown.
In addition, he became the first Yale player since Chris Dudley in 1986-87 to average a double-double for the season.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity