Saitama, Japan — Kansas University's Nick Collison scored 13 points and set a United States single-game record with four steals as the U.S. beat Slovenia, 110-83, in a World Basketball Championship for Young Men quarterfinal game Friday.
Collison hit five of 10 shots and three of four free throws while picking up just two fouls in 19 minutes. He's had foul problems in some previous games.
"I was more conscious to not get a stupid foul," Collison said. "I usually get one stupid foul, one questionable call and then one real foul and then I'm stuck on the bench for a half. I was trying to make sure I didn't get a dumb foul like reaching, but I was playing hard."
Duke's Chris Duhon and Iowa's Reggie Evans scored 17 points as the U.S. reached today's semifinal against Argentina, a team that beat the U.S. 92-77 last year in the qualifying tournament finals.
"Everyone knows they are a real good team," Collison said of 3-2 Argentina. "I know it first hand because I saw how they beat us last year. I think we'll be fired up and ready to go. It feels like we are playing real well. Guys are sharing the ball. Transition is what we're doing well. We're getting out and running on these teams and if we can keep it up, it's tough to stop."
On Friday, the United States led 54-41 at the half. Evans scored 10 points in the first half and Collison added nine points.
"We did a good job of getting out and running," said Collison, a junior from Iowa Falls, Iowa. "I think a lot of these teams struggle getting back on us because we run the ball pretty well. It's what we do best. I got the ball in good places to score and was aggressive with it. I took it to the basket and made some plays early. I guess I was just being aggressive."
Argentia advanced to the semis with a 75-64 win over Australia.