Aug. 25, 1997

Staples Leads USA with 19 Points in Victory over Hong Kong

TRAPANI, Sicily, Italy -- University of Virginia guard Curtis Staples (Roanoke, Va.) scored 19 points to lead the United States to a 120-28 victory over Hong Kong on Sunday (August 24) at the World University Games.

The United States finished preliminary round play with a 3-0 record.

Staples, making his second consecutive start, made eight of his 14 shots from the field, including three of eight from three-point range. He also grabbed five rebounds and had two steals in 20 minutes of action.

"I think it was a team effort," Staples said. "We all came together and played a great game. Right now, everyone is regrouping and looking forward to the upcoming games. Now that we know we're playing for a medal, everybody is going to take the games a lot more seriously."

Staples was one of seven players to score in double figures for the United States' team. Greg Buckner (Clemson) and Kenny Thomas (New Mexico) each scored 15 points, Earl Boykins (Eastern Michigan) and Corey Brewer (Oklahoma) each scored 14 points, Brian Skinner (Baylor) had 11 points and Ansu Sesay (Mississippi) added 10 points.

Jerry Hester (Illinois) and Skinner tied for the team lead in rebounds with nine.

The United States team now advances to the medal round quarterfinals on Tuesday (August 26) against South Korea.