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  Thursday, August 18, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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