Carlos Arroyo carries Puerto Rico
NEW YORK -- Carlos Arroyo scored 16 points to lead Puerto Rico to a 92-76 exhibition victory over China at Madison Square Garden on Sunday.
Puerto Rico built a 16-point lead midway through the third quarter, then pulled away again after China wiped most of it away by the end of the period.
China was 13-for-24 from 3-point range (54 percent) but only 11-for-48 (23 percent) inside it.
Wang Shipeng, whose 3-pointer at the buzzer against Slovenia sent China to the second round of the world championships four years ago, scored 20 points and Sun Yue added 17.
Down 56-40 with 4:36 left in the third quarter, China cut it to 60-56 on a 3-pointer by Liu Wei with 45 seconds left in the period. Arroyo knocked down two free throws, then nailed a jumper after a steal to make it an eight-point game, and Puerto Rico quickly pulled away again in the fourth.
The United States beat France 86-55 in the first game of the doubleheader.
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