USA Finishes Fifth
SHENZHEN, China – Rising senior Greg Mangano and Team USA wrapped up play at the World University Games with an 86-83 victory over Germany on Monday. The win clinched a fifth-place finish for the USA.
In six games during the tournament, Mangano averaged 3.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. His five blocks were second on the team, and he also contributed four steals. 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.
Team USA Head Coach Matt Painter was pleased with his team's effort after Saturday's loss to Lithuania in the quarterfinals. The USA routed Romania on Sunday.
"For these guys, their goal was to win the gold medal," said Painter, also the head coach at Purdue. "Then after you stub your toe and lose in the quarters, a lot of people would kind of check out and go through the motions. These guys didn't. You have to give them credit for coming out here and winning the fight. We didn't come here to get fifth place, but after you get beat you just come out and do the best that you can. I'm really proud of these guys for fighting these past two games."
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.
Photo courtesy of USA Basketball
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity