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Former Syracuse marksman Preston Shumpert led his new Turkish side Galatasaray into the Eurocup regular season by averaging 16 points in the qualifying tie with Spartak SP pushing his team to advancement.
The Turkish team won the opener in Turkey by 69-58 before holding on in Saint Petersburg for a three-point aggregate win. Shumpert did most of his damage on Russian soil knocking down 4-of-5 three pointers and finished with 22 points in the victory. His two free throws late also helped to seal advancement.
Galatasaray opens play in the Turkish Basketball League Saturday versus Erdemir.
Shumpert is joined on the Galatasaray side by fellow Americans Josh Shipp (UCLA) and Taylor Rochestie (Washington State).