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  Saturday, August 20, 2005

USA in Finals w/120-80 Semifinal win Over Russia
By Jonathan Givony

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Izmir, href=/profile//> Turkey href=/profile//> (August href=/profile//> 19, href=/profile//> 2005) href=/profile//> - href=/profile//> Randy href=/profile//> Foye href=/profile//> (Newark, href=/profile//> N.J./Villanova) href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Oklahoma href=/profile//> City, href=/profile//> Okla./Duke) href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> United href=/profile//> States href=/profile//> men's href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Summer href=/profile//> World href=/profile//> University href=/profile//> Games href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 120-80 href=/profile//> semifinal href=/profile//> victory href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Russia.

With href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> win, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> 7-0 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Games href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> Ukraine href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> gold href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Sunday, href=/profile//> Aug. href=/profile//> 21 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> 3 href=/profile//> p.m. href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Halkapinar href=/profile//> Sports href=/profile//> Hall. href=/profile//> Ukraine href=/profile//> advanced href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 69-63 href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> Serbia href=/profile//> & href=/profile//> Montenegro.

The href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> figures href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Vincent href=/profile//> Grier href=/profile//> (Charlotte, href=/profile//> N.C./Minnesota) href=/profile//> scored href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> while href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Hernandez href=/profile//> (Fresno, href=/profile//> Calif./Stanford) href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 14, href=/profile//> Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> (Los href=/profile//> Angeles, href=/profile//> Calif./Boston href=/profile//> College), href=/profile//> 13, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Greg href=/profile//> Brunner href=/profile//> (Mason href=/profile//> City, href=/profile//> Iowa/Iowa), href=/profile//> 10. href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> pulled href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> rebounds.

Russia, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Sergey href=/profile//> Bykov href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 15 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> strong, href=/profile//> jumping href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 21-14 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Andrey href=/profile//> Trushkin href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 10 href=/profile//> minutes.

Trailing href=/profile//> 28-20 href=/profile//> early href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> period, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> used href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 9-0 href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 29-28 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> throws href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 5:31 href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> quarter.

Trailing href=/profile//> 30-29, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Americans href=/profile//> broke href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> open, href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 15-0 href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> fueled href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> Grier, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> seven href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> variety href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> drives href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> basket. href=/profile//> A href=/profile//> Grier href=/profile//> layup href=/profile//> gave href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> 44-30 href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 1:15 href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> period.

"We href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> continue href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> stay href=/profile//> focused href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> matter href=/profile//> how href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> started," href=/profile//> Grier href=/profile//> said. href=/profile//> "It's href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> keep href=/profile//> picking href=/profile//> each href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> hard, href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> reward href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> end."

The href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> 48-37 href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> halftime href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> 11 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Foye, href=/profile//> 10, href=/profile//> during href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> 20 href=/profile//> minutes.

"We href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> hard, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> early," href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> head href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> Jay href=/profile//> Wright href=/profile//> (Villanova). href=/profile//> "I href=/profile//> think href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> depth href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> wore href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> point. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> foul href=/profile//> problems href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> quarter href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> advantage href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> that."

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