The United States jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to an easy 82-61 victory against Puerto Rico in the U-19 World Basketball Championships in New Zealand.
KU guard Tyshawn Taylor played 21 minutes and went 4-of-13 from the field for 8 points. Taylor also picked up two rebounds, two steals and five assists in the game, which was played at 3:30 a.m in a country just across the International Dateline.
Taylor had three attempts from behind the arc, but saw none fall home. Taylor made no trips to the charity stripe.
Georgia's Howard Thompkins III led all scorers with 14 points in just over 18 minutes.
The USA now is assured a berth in the quarterfinals regardless of its match-up Wednesday with Lithuania, which will begin in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, about 2:30 a.m. Lawrence time, in the United States.