Scoop, Team USA Get Win No. 4 While Fab & Brazil Falter

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Action picked up again at the World University Games on Wednesday. Team USA got some fight from Finland early on, but they worked out the kinks and cruised to a 124-64 win and secured the No. 1 seed out of Group D.

"We came out with a lot of energy," said USA and Purdue University head mentor Matt Painter. "We mixed up the line up a little bit tonight and swapped our point guards, Scoop (Jardine) and Ashton (Gibbs), just to get a different look and see how our guys would respond to it, and both groups played well.

Scoop Jardine had six points, two assists and three turnovers in 14 minutes of action (full box).

The USA wraps up preliminary round pool play against Israel at 3:30 p.m. local time Thursday. After that, they'll wait to see who their opponent will be. It will be the 2nd place team in Group C, which is likely to be either Lithuania or Russia.

As for Fab Melo and Brazil, things didn't go as planned. Melo scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting and added five rebounds but Brazil fell short against Germany 61-53 (full box).

Brazil (3-1) now finds themselves in a winner-take-all game against Caech Republic (2-2) with the winner advancing to the quarterfinal round and the loser heading to the consolation bracket. If Brazil wins, they'll likely face the top team from Group B, which is Serbia at the moment.

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