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  Monday, August 22, 2005

USA Men Take Gold at World University Games
By Jonathan Givony

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Izmir, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Turkey href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (August href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 21, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2005) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> - 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-/> completed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> dominant href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> showing 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-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> gold href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> medal-winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 85-70 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> victory href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ukraine href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Sunday href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> afternoon.

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-/> led 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-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> coming href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> half. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 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-/> added href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 15, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gerry href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> McNamara href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Syracuse href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Scranton, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Pa.), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 13, 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-/> 12, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chris href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hernandez href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (Stanford href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> / href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Fresno, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Calif.), href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 11, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and 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-/> 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-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game-high href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds.

In href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> gold href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 13th href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> history, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> went href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 8-0, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> winning href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> each href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> average href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> margin href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 29.9 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> per href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Americans href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> treated href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> every href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opponent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> same, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> scoring href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> double-digit href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> wins href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Iran, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Slovakia, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Germany, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> China, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Czech href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Republic, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Australia, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Russia href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Ukraine. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> closest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10-point href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> win href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Germans.

"I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> thought href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Randy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Foye, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Shelden href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Williams href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Vincent href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Grier, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> most href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> us href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tournament, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> were href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> exhausted href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> today," 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-/> "It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> showed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> what href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> kind href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> They href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tired href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> everyone href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> else href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stepped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Craig href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> half, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> gets href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> hurt, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> so href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> many href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> other href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> players href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stepped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> truly href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> effort."

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> trailed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> early href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 12-8 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> count, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> before href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> closing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10-2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> run href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lead href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 24-17 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> after href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> period. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> provided href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> spark href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 12 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter 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-/> moves href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> around href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> basket href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> well href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> short href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> jump href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots.

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> led href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 46-33 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> halftime href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 3-point href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> key href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Americans href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> U.S. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> totaled href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> five href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> period, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> McNamara href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> connecting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> three, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> while href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Hernandez 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-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> others.

Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 16 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> half href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> before href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> he href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> limped href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> off href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> court href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> strained href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> right href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> calf href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> muscle 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-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> evaluated href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> by href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Gloria href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Beim, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> M.D., href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Chief href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Medical href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Officer href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2005 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> U.S. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Summer href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> World href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> University href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Games, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> did href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> not href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> return. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> injury href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> had href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> been href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> for href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> last href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> weeks.

"I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> felt href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> good href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> coming href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> felt href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> pop href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> little href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bit href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter)," href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> said href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Smith, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> who href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> made href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> eight href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> his href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> nine href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> "It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (gold href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> medal) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> means href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> far href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> as href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> me href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> whole href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> United href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> States, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> guys href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> my href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> family. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> is href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tremendous, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> once-in-a-lifetime href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> opportunity."

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