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Gonzaga freshman Chet Holmgren helps USA win FIBA U19 World Cup opener

UPDATED: Sat., July 3, 2021

Gonzaga incoming freshman Chet Holmgren dribbles down court during his senior season at Minnehaha Academic in Minneapolis.  (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Gonzaga incoming freshman Chet Holmgren dribbles down court during his senior season at Minnehaha Academic in Minneapolis. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Gonzaga freshman Chet Holmgren scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the U.S. routed Turkey 83-54 Saturday at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga, Latvia.

The 7-foot-1 Holmgren was in the starting five and hit a 3-pointer for his first bucket to put the U.S. up 11-0 in its World Cup opener. He finished 5 of 10 from the field, including 2 of 4 on 3-pointers, in 20 minutes. He added five assists and a pair of blocks.

Holmgren led the U.S. in rebounds and blocks and matched Kennedy Chandler’s team-high five assists. Holmgren was second in scoring behind Jaden Ivey’s 21 points. Ivey is a rising sophomore at Purdue.

Holmgren had a nice stretch in the second quarter, drawing a foul with a spin move in the lane, swatting a shot at the defensive end and driving from outside the 3-point arc for a layup while drawing a foul.

The U.S. (1-0) faces Mali on Sunday. Mali center Oumar Ballo transferred to Arizona in April after spending two seasons at Gonzaga.

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