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

Craig href=/profile//> Smith href=/profile//> (Boston href=/profile//> College href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Los href=/profile//> Angeles, href=/profile//> Calif.) href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> six href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> double href=/profile//> figures href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> USA href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> 16 href=/profile//> points, href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> coming href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> half. href=/profile//> Shelden href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> (Duke href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Forest href=/profile//> Park, href=/profile//> Okla.) href=/profile//> added href=/profile//> 15, href=/profile//> Gerry href=/profile//> McNamara href=/profile//> (Syracuse href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Scranton, href=/profile//> Pa.), href=/profile//> 13, href=/profile//> Randy href=/profile//> Foye href=/profile//> (Villanova href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Newark, href=/profile//> N.J.), href=/profile//> 12, href=/profile//> Chris href=/profile//> Hernandez href=/profile//> (Stanford href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Fresno, href=/profile//> Calif.), href=/profile//> 11, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Vincent href=/profile//> Grier href=/profile//> (Minnesota href=/profile//> / href=/profile//> Charlotte, href=/profile//> N.C.) href=/profile//> 10. href=/profile//> Williams href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> pulled href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game-high href=/profile//> 14 href=/profile//> rebounds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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