Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs scored 16 points, but Team USA went cold from the outside in a 76-74 loss to Lithuania in the quarterfinals of the World University Games on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
Team USA, down by eight in the fourth quarter, rallied to tie the score at 74-all with under two minutes to play, but missed its final five shots.
“I thought our guys came out and gave a good effort,” coach Matt Painter said. “Lithuania was a little bit quicker to the basketball.”
Gibbs, who won a gold medal with the USA Basketball U19 team in New Zealand two years ago, shot 5 for 13 from the field, including 0 for 4 from behind the arc. He went 6 for 6 from the free-throw line but had four turnovers and no assists in 28 minutes.
The U.S. went 5 for 30 from 3-point range, including 0 for 14 in the second half. The loss dropped Team USA to 136-9 in World University Games competition.
Eliminated from medal contention, team USA (5-1) will play Romania (3-3) on Sunday. The winner will advance to the fifth-place game.
Gibbs has started four of six games and is second on the team at 13.0 points per game. He leads the team in minutes played (21.8) and assists (14) and ranks second with six steals. He is shooting 50 percent from the field (28-56) and 33 percent from 3-point range (5-15) and has made 17 of 18 free throw attempts.