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Temple Hills' Graham helps U.S. to record win at World University Games

Temple Hills native Treveon Graham, a rising sophomore guard at Virginia Commonwealth, helped Team USA open its play in the World University Games men's basketball tournament with a record-setting 140-46 win over the United Arab Emirates (0-1) on Sunday evening. Graham, who scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, was one of nine U.S. players to reach double-digit scoring at Basket Hall 1 in Kazan, Russia. The Americans set three single-game team records in the win, including 36 assists, 70 rebounds and 39 attempted 3-pointers. Jumping to a 14-3 lead in the first 3:37, Team USA forced 22 turnovers overall. "One of the great joys of coaching is playing 40 minutes, and these guys gave us that joy tonight because we played consistently from start to finish," said USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson) said. "We started fast, we finished strong." Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati) led Team USA with 18 points, Aaron White (Iowa) had 16 points and Doug McDermott (Creighton), Yogi Ferrell (Indiana) and Will Sheehey (Indiana) added 15 apiece. Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado) contributed 11 points to go with his eight assists. Graham, meanwhile, was one rebound away from being the fourth American to record a doubledouble in the game. ."Everyone on this team can score, and that's an advantage," Kilpatrick said. "We have the best players in the USA as of right now, and it was good to come down here with these guys and play this game. Everyone on this team plays the game the right way. When you've got guys that share the ball this well, then it's very special." The United States took a 24-6 lead in the first quarter after a Graham put-back at 4:23. Team USA continued to push the pace, and the third quarter featured a crowd-pleasing display of dunks, including a behind-the-back assist from Luke Hancock (Louisville) to Graham, while White recorded three of the team's final four scores of the period with two alley-oop dunks.

More basketball: The Washington Wizards will host Summer Fest on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. on Verizon Center's main floor. New Wizards Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr., as well as the team that will compete during the NBA Summer League, will take part in an open practice beginning at 6:30 p.m. that will be followed by an autograph session with select members of the team. The event is free and open to the public. The first 2,500 fans will receive a pair of Wizards sunglasses.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League will hold an open tryout Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Leadership Through Athletics, at 2900 Hammonds Ferry Road in Lansdowne. Registration and check-in starts at 12:30 p.m. The registration fee is $40. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Players may preregister for $30 through Aug. 14 at bayareashuckers.com/tryout.html.

Major League Lacrosse: Joe Walters (Maryland) had two goals and an assist to extend his point streak to 22 games, and the Hamilton Nationals (7-3) tied a team record for wins in a season with a 10-6 victory over the host Rochester Rattlers at Sahlen's Stadium. Rochester (4-6) got goals from a pair of former Johns Hopkins players — John Ranagan and Steven Boyle. Another former Blue Jay, Mike Poppleton, won 10 of 19 faceoffs for the Nationals.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United (2-13-4) claimed just its third road point of the season in a 0-0 draw with the host Colorado Rapids. Scoring chances were at a premium throughout the match, though United goalkeeper Joe Willis made a couple of fine saves in the latter stages to preserve his side's fifth clean sheet of the season. Colorado, meanwhile, built upon its impressive back-to-back wins over the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls to extend its unbeaten run to three games.The Rapids (7-7-6) retain sixth place in the Western Conference, while D.C. United remains at the bottom of the East with 10 points.

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