By KEVIN HARRIS
CAIRO, Egypt – New Albany senior-to-be Romeo Langford poured in six points in Team USA’s 117-69 victory over Mali in the Round of 16 of the FIBA U19 World Cup on Wednesday.
Langford scored all six of his points in the second half. He converted a slam dunk with 4:27 left in the third quarter to put the Americans up 62-44. Langford’s two field goals were a pair of dunks in the last 1 minute and 27 seconds of the game.
Langford shot 3-of-7 from the field, grabbed three rebounds and made one steal in 6 minutes and 59 seconds of action. It was his second game back after sitting out last Sunday’s contest with Angola because of back spasms.
The Americans (4-0) had seven players who scored in double figures, led by University of Kentucky recruit PJ Washington with a game-high 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Washington also grabbed eight rebounds and distributed three assists.
Team USA forward Brandon McCoy recorded a double-double with 19 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. University of Kentucky player Hamidou Diallo chipped in 14 points, while teammates Cameron Reddish, Louis King and Payton Pritchard each scored 11. Purdue University guard Carsen Edwards tallied 10 points for the Americans.
Team USA will face Germany (3-1) in the medal quarterfinals at 3:15 p.m. EDT Friday.