Aug. 12, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior guard Justin Edwards
continued his torrid scoring on Tuesday, as the junior poured in a game-high 23 in Athletes in Action's come-from-behind 99-93 win over Latvia University at Olimpic Center in Riga, Latvia.
The team, which is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the National Team of Qatar on Sunday, trailed for much of the game before rallying in the fourth quarter. Athletes in Action lost each of the first three quarters and trailed 73-68 heading into the fourth quarter. The squad out-scored the Latvians, 31-20, in the final quarter to gain the 99-93 win.
Edwards, who is averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game through three games, led five players in double figures with a team-high 23 points to go with five rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block. He went 7-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-3 from beyond the arc, and knocked down 8-of-10 from the free throw line.
Baylor's Royce O'Neale and Kansas' Landen Lucas each tallied double-doubles, as O'Neale poured in 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, while Lucas notched a team-high 16 rebounds to go with 11 points. Wichita State's Darius Carter and Mercer's Ike Nwamu also scored in double figures with 15 points each.
Sophomore Brandon Bolden added three points - all from the free throw line - to go with two rebounds and a steal.
The Athletes in Action tour is in the midst of a seven-day tour of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which runs through Thursday, and includes 10 college players. The roster includes Edwards and Bolden as well as Carter, Lucas and Baylor duo O'Neale and Ishmael Wainright. All the games will utilize FIBA rules, which includes four, 10-minute quarters, a 24-second shot clock and a slightly longer 3-point arc.
Through three games, Edwards is averaging a team-best 17.3 points on 48.7 percent shooting (18-of-37), including 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from 3-point range, to go with 5.3 rebounds per game. Bolden is averaging 5.3 points on 85.7 percent shooting (6-of-7) and 2.0 rebounds per game in the first three contests.
The trip is the first major experience for Edwards and Bolden after sitting out the 2013-14 season. A 6-foot-4 junior guard from Whitby, Ontario, Edwards played two seasons at Maine before transferring to K-State last summer. He averaged an America East-best 16.7 points per game as a sophomore in 2012-13. A 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Sumter, South Carolina, Bolden played in four games in Georgetown as a true freshman in 2012-13.
The Athletes in Action tour will play its final game on Wednesday in Riga, Latvia before returning to the U.S.