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  Saturday, August 20, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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