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FOURTH MEN'S GOODWILL GAMES 1998

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

New York, New York, USA - July 19-24, 1998


Receiving outstanding play from all 12 team members, the 1998 USA Basketball Goodwill Games Team rolled to a surprising 4-1 record and the gold medal at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. The U.S. squad, directed by Minnesota's Clem Haskins and comprised of top available collegians, faced four national teams (Australia, Brazil, Lithuania, Puerto Rico) that later played in the 1998 FIBA Men's World Championship in Greece.

1998 Goodwill Games

Team
1998 USA Men's Goodwill Games Team


1998 USA RESULTS (4-1)
Puerto Rico
84
USA 76
USA
91
China 76
USA
106
Brazil 75
USA
89
Lithuania 76
USA
93
Australia 85 (OT)

1998 GOODWILL GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (4-1) 5. Argentina (1-2)
2. Australia (3-2) Brazil (2-1)
3. Lithuania (3-2) China (0-3)
4. Puerto Rico (2-3) Russia (1-2)

 

Wally Szczerbiak and Elton Brand helped lead the way for the USA, averaging 17.2 points per game and 17.0 ppg., respectively. Additionally, Brand was the team's leader in rebounding (7.6 rpg.) and Szczerbiak was the team's second leading rebounder (4.6 rpg.). Andre Miller led the team in assists with 22, while Brand led the team in blocked shots with seven.

In its 1998 Goodwill Games opener against defending gold medalist Puerto Rico on July 19, the U.S. dropped an 84-76 decision despite assembling a 19-point lead early in the second half. Brand led all U.S. players with 24 points and 10 rebounds, and was joined by Szczerbiak in double figures, as Szczerbiak checked in with 12 points.

The USA kept its medal round hunt alive with a 91-76 preliminary round win over China on July 20 as Szczerbiak scored a game high 23 points.

Meeting previously undefeated Brazil on July 21 in its final preliminary round game, in order to qualify for the medal round the U.S. not only had to win, but had to win by at least seven points to come out on top of the tie breaking formula that would be used to break the three-way tie between the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. The U.S. responded with a USA single-game Goodwill Games shooting percentage record of 65.5 percent (38-58 FGs) to advance into the Games' medal round semifinals with an impressive 106-75 victory. The 31-point win was the USA's second-largest in Goodwill Games history, trailing only a 37-point victory (113-76) over Italy in 1986.

The Americans advanced into the gold medal game with an impressive 89-76 win against Lithuania in semifinals action on July 23 as Szczerbiak scored a team high 20 points. Additionally, Brand checked in with 15 points and a team high six rebounds to pace the win.

To claim the gold medal, the USA had to battle through overtime against an experienced Australia team on July 24 before earning a 93-85 triumph. Despite a game high 38 points from 1996 Olympian and former member of the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves Shane Heal, the USA outscored the Aussies 14-6 in overtime to secure the victory. In that contest, Miller scored 15 of his team high 18 points after halftime to pace the U.S. to the win.

There were 16 lead changes and nine ties in the game. In overtime, Miller and Szczerbiak scored on consecutive possessions to give the U.S. an 83-79 lead. Former Seton Hall University star Andrew Gaze then converted a pair of free throws with 3:06 left in overtime to cut the USA's lead to 85-83, but Quincy Lewis answered with a jumper and the Australians didn't come closer than four points after that point.

1998 USA Men's Goodwill Games Roster

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Calvin Booth
C
6-11
230
22
Penn State Reynoldsburg, OH
Elton Brand
F
6-8
260
19
Duke Peekskill, NY
Brian Cardinal
F
6-8
230
21
Purdue Tolono, IL
Keith Carter
G
6-4
195
21
Mississippi Perryville, AR
Khalid El-Amin
G
5-10
200
19
Connecticut Minneapolis, MN
Dion Glover
F
6-5
235
19
Georgia Tech Decatur, GA
A.J. Guyton
G
6-1
175
20
Indiana Peoria, IL
Jumaine Jones
F
6-7
210
19
Georgia Camilla, GA
Quincy Lewis
F
6-7
215
21
Minnesota Little Rock, AR
Andre Miller
G
6-2
200
21
Utah Compton, CA
James Posey
F
6-7
210
21
Xavier Twinsburg, OH
Wally Szczerbiak
F
6-8
231
21
Miami Cold Spring Harbor, NY
HEAD COACH: Clem Haskins, University of Minnesota
ASSISTANT COACH: Milton Barnes, Eastern Michigan University
ASSISTANT COACH: Phil Martelli, St. Joseph's University (Pa.)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Joel Boyd, Minneapolis, Minnesota
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Orr, University of Arizona

1998 USA Men's Goodwill Games Cumulative Statistics

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Sczzerbiak 5/4
31- 60
.517
14- 28
.500
10- 15
.667
23/ 4.6
86/17.2
14
2
6
Brand 5/5
39- 60
.650
0- 0
.---
7- 18
.389
38/ 7.6
85/17.0
5
6
6
Miller 5/5
23- 38
.605
2- 4
.500
6- 8
.750
15/ 3.0
54/10.8
22
2
5
El-Amin 5/0
16- 42
.381
4- 18
.222
6- 8
.750
7/ 1.4
42/ 8.4
17
0
5
Glover 5/3
16- 33
.485
4- 7
.571
6- 12
.500
11/ 2.2
42/ 8.4
7
1
1
Carter 5/1
13- 27
.481
6- 15
.400
7- 9
.778
12/ 2.4
39/ 7.8
10
1
4
Jones 5/5
14- 31
.452
4- 13
.308
5- 6
.833
18/ 3.6
37/ 7.4
5
0
1
Lewis 5/1
11- 24
.458
2- 9
.222
4- 4
1.000
7/ 1.4
28/ 5.6
5
1
5
Posey 5/0
4- 12
.333
2- 6
.333
15- 17
.882
19/ 3.8
25/ 5.0
7
1
7
Booth 5/0
4- 9
.444
0- 0
.---
3- 3
1.000
17/ 3.4
11/ 2.2
0
3
0
Guyton 4/1
1- 9
.111
1- 7
.143
1- 2
.500
3/ 0.8
4/ 1.0
2
0
0
Cardinal 4/0
1- 3
.333
0- 2
.000
0- 0
.---
2/ 0.5
2/ 0.5
2
0
0
USA 5
173-348
.497
39-109
.358
70-102
.686
219/43.8
455/91.0
96
17
40
OPP. 5
131-278
.473
31- 92
.337
103-131
.786
165/32.6
396/79.2
73
16
22

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