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  Thursday, August 18, 2005

USA Bounces Czech Republic 87-51 To Advance to QF
By Jonathan Givony

Press href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Release

Shelden href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Williams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Duke href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Forest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Park, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Okla.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> five href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> players href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> double href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> figures href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2005 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Men's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> World href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> University href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> slowly href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> then href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> roared href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> behind href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> score href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 87-51 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> win href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Republic href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> World href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> University href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Izmir, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Turkey.

With href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> win, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> U.S. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> improved href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 5-0 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> now href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Lithuania href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarterfinal href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> round href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Thursday, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Aug. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 18 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10:30 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a.m. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ataturk href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sports href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Salon.

Williams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> backed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> double href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> figures href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Randy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Foye href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Villanova href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Newark, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> N.J.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scored href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vincent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Grier href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Minnesota href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Charlotte, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> N.C.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Matt href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Haryasz href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Stanford href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Page, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ariz.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> each href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> added href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gerry href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> McNamara href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Scranton, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pa./Syracuse) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scored href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10.

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Republic, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2-2, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> center href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ales href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chan href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Behind href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> nine href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> early href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chan, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opened href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 17-9 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> run.

After href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> timeout, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> halfcourt href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> trapping href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> havoc href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech's, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Americans href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ended href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 18-0 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> run. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 27-19 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> after href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> basket href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Craig href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Boston href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> College href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Los href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Angeles, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Calif.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 6:26 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter.

"They href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> started href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> aggressive href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> than href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> us, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> they href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> came href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hard href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hit href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tough href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots," href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> said href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Villanova href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> University href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Pa.) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> head href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> coach href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Jay href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Wright. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> "I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> wanted href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> our href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> guys href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> settle href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> down href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> know href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> long href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> work href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> do href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> yet. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> We href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> experienced href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> guys href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> know href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> how href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> handle href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> those href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> situations."

Forcing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 17 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> turnovers, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 48-27 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> halftime href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Grier href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> way href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 12 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Foye href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Williams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> added href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> apiece. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ended href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> half href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 37-10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> run.

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