Mexico upset Team USA 78-70 in a FIBA Americas World Cup qualifier Thursday night in Mexico City. Francisco Cruz (24 points) and Orlando Mendez (20 points) accounted for more than half of Mexico’s scoring output and were the only two players from the winning side to finish in double figures on Friday at the Gimnasio Olimpico Juan de la Barrera in Mexico City.

The United States, coached by Jeff Van Gundy, received a team-high 14 points from Marcus Thornton but couldn’t overcome a shoddy first quarter that saw Mexico mount a 31-10 advantage.

According to USA Basketball, it was just the second loss by the U.S. in 30 games against Mexico – with the other defeat coming in the 2011 Pan Am Games. (via).

The scores:

MEXICO 78 – Cruz 24, Mendez 20, Ayon 8, Giron 7, Machado 5, Avalos 4, Willis 3, Toscano 3, Mata 2, I. Gutierrez 2.

USA 70 – Thornton 14, Munford 11, Stockton 10, Hearn 10, Thomas 8, Jones 6, Jefferson 4, McKinney 4, Alex 3, Holmes 0, Braun 0, Johnson 0.

Quarters: 31-10, 45-28, 55-51, 78-70. [COMPLETE GAME STATS]

USA vs Mexico FIBA Highlights – Friday June 29, 2018


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