2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
SEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1974

SEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1974

San Juan, Puerto Rico - July 3-14, l974


Co-favored with the USSR and defending champion Yugoslavia for the gold, the United States sent its youngest and its least internationally experienced team in history to San Juan. Unlike the Soviets who boasted of five veterans of the 1972 gold medal Olympic team, only three U.S. players had international experience.

1974 World Championship

Team

1974 USA Men's World Championship Team



1974 USA RESULTS (8-1)

USA 135 Philippines 85
USA 114 Spain 71
USA 109 Argentina 86
FINAL ROUND
USA 94 Puerto Rico 76
USA 115 Canada 94
USA 83 Cuba 70
USA 103 Brazil 83
USA 91 Yugoslavia 88
USSR 105 USA 94

1974 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Soviet Union (6-1)* 8. Canada (1-6)
2. Yugoslavia (6-1)* 9. Mexico (5-0)
3. USA (6-1)* 10. Czechoslovakia (4-1)
4. Cuba (3-4) 11. Argentina (2-3)*
5. Spain (2-5)# 12. Australia (2-3)*
6. Brazil (2-5)# 13. Philippines (2-3)*
7. Puerto Rico (2-5)# 14. Cent. African Rep. (0-5)

*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.
#Final standings determined by results between tied teams.
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only. Result versus preliminary round opponent were also included in Final Round or Classification Round standings.

 

Scoring over 100 points in each of its three preliminary round games, the U.S. opened with impressive wins of 135-85 versus the Philippines, 114-71 against Spain and 109-86 against Argentina.

Meeting host Puerto Rico, a squad U.S. head coach Gene Bartow had formerly coached, the U.S. claimed a 94-76 victory behind Gus Gerard's 20 points and a six-minute Puerto Rican dry spell late in the first half. The U.S. also cruised past Canada, 115-94, as John Lucas and Tom Boswell each tallied 22 points. Cuba played the U.S. tough before eventually falling 83-70 as Lucas led the U.S. with 22 points.

Luther 'Ticky' Burden pumped in 19 points and Lucas continued his hot shooting, scoring 17 points in the American's winning 103-83 effort over Brazil. The USA's win set up one of the major confrontations of the tournament as the two undefeated teams, the United States and Yugoslavia met in the semifinals.

Trailing Yugoslavia by nine points at the half, 50-41, the United States looked as if it may be headed to its first defeat, but the American team rallied back behind Burden's 27 points, and 16 points from Boswell and Lucas each, for a 91-88 victory.

Finishing the final round with a contest against the Soviet Union, the 6-0 U.S. squad found itself in foul trouble early. Deadlocked 55-55 at half, a late second half surge by the Soviet Union provided the difference as the USSR claimed a 105-94 win.The Americans racked-up 38 fouls which aided the Soviets in scoring 37 points from the charity stripe on 46 free throw attempts.

The American defeat set up a unique situation with three teams, the USA, USSR and Yugoslavia tied with identical 6-1 records. The tie breaking system of the higher numerical figure of points scored divided by points against afforded the Soviet Union the gold and Yugoslavia the silver. Much to the dismay of the Americans, the U.S. was awarded the bronze.

Lucas, Burden and Tom Boswell were named to the All-World team and Lucas was selected as the World Championship's Most Valuable Player.

 

1974 USA Men's World Championship Roster

NAME

POS

HGT

WGT

AGE

SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Tom Boswell

F

6-9

225

20

South Carolina Montgomery, AL
Quinn Buckner

G

6-3

203

19

Indiana Phoenix, IL
Luther Burden

G

6-2

185

21

Utah Albany, NY
Gus Gerard

F

6-8

195

20

Virginia Uniontown, PA
Steve Grote

G

6-0

190

18

Michigan Cincinnati, OH
Rich Kelley

C

7-0

235

21

Stanford Menlow Park, CA
John Lucas

G

6-4

170

20

Maryland Durham, NC
Joe Meriweather

C

6-11

217

20

Southern Illinois Phenix City, AL
Frank Oleynick

G

6-3

190

19

Seattle Bridgeport, CT
Rick Schmidt

F

6-6

205

20

Illinois Royal, IL
Eugene Short

F

6-7

205

20

Jackson State Hattiesburg, MS
Myron Wilkins

F

6-8

224

22

Northeastern Okla. A&M J. C. Fort Towson, OK
HEAD COACH: Gene Bartow, University of Illinois
ASSISTANT COACH: Arad McCutchan, U. of Evansville (IN)
MANAGER: Herbert Mols, Buffalo, NY
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Anthony Daly, Los Angeles, CA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Skip Pickering, University of Illinois

1974 USA Men's World Championship Team Cumulative Statistics

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Luther Burden 9
182/ 20.2
John Lucas 9
178/ 19.7
Gus Gerard 9
118/ 17.1
Tom Boswell 9
98/ 10.8
Eugene Short 9
86/ 9.5
Richard Kelley 9
84/ 9.3
Joe Meriweather 9
67/ 7.4
Quinn Buckner 9
59/ 6.6
Frank Grote 8
26/ 3.2
Frank Oleynick 4
16/ 4.0
Richard Schmidt 6
16/ 2.6
Myron Wilkins 4
8/ 2.0
USA TOTALS 9 393- 152-
938/104.2
OPP. TOTALS 9 295- 168-
758/ 84.2