The Pac-12 All-Stars, paced by Utah Utes basketball forward Jordan Loveridge and center Jeremy Olsen, continued their tour of China on Thurs. Aug. 14, winning in grand style over the Chinese pro team Jiangsu Dragons, 85-63.
Loveridge scored 13 points, second highest among the All-Stars on Thursday. The junior forward from West Jordan, Utah went 5-for-12 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free throw line for the Pac-12 team.
Arizona State guard Bo Barnes led the All-Stars with 18--while USC star Nikola Jovanovic had another solid stat line for his Pac-12 teammates, netting 11 points and three rebounds.
Loveridge also had four rebounds for the Pac-12 team that will play the Dragons in short order. Both teams will face off against each other again on Friday night--before the All-Stars close out their trip against the Shanghai Sharks, a team owned by NBA legend Yao Ming.
The All-Stars struggled a bit in the first quarter against the Dragons, trailing 23-19 at intermission. A 25-8 second quarter by the All-Stars, however, erased any doubts that the Pac-12 team would have any trouble with their Chinese opposition.
It's been a great trip thus far for the The All-Stars, who increased their lead in the third quarter on Thursday by out-scoring the Dragons 23-14. Both teams would score 18 apiece in the final stanza to give the Pac-12 team the 22-point victory.
The All-Stars, coached by Utah head man Larry Krystkowiak, now stand at 2-0 on the trip overseas, which continues with another game against the Dragons on Friday. Aug. 15.
"It was a complete team effort," Krystkowiak said post-game on Thursday. "We wanted to place an emphasis on defense and so we implemented a challenging substitution rotation."
The Pac-12 team manhandled a team of Chinese university All-Stars earlier in the week by the score of 73-47, a game in which Utes center Jeremy Olsen scored 12 points.