1990 USA Men's World Championship Team

ELEVENTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1990

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Buenos Aires, Argentina • August 8-19, l990


Despite falling short in its quest to defend the World Championship gold medal that the USA had earned in 1986, the 1990 USA squad demonstrated resiliency and a never say die attitude en route to capturing the bronze in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

1990 USA RESULTS (6-2)

USA 103 Greece 95 (OT)
USA 146 South Korea 67
USA 95 Spain 85
FINAL ROUND
USA 104 Argentina 100
USA 79 Australia 78
Puerto Rico 81 USA 79)
Yugoslavia 99 USA 91
USA 107 Puerto Rico 105 (OT)

1990 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Yugoslavia (7-1) 9. Italy (7-1)
2. Soviet Union (6-2) 10. Spain (5-3)
3. USA (6-2) 11. Venezuela (4-4)
4. Puerto Rico (6-2) 12. Canada (3-5)
5. Brazil (4-4)* 13. Angola (3-5)
6. Greece (4-4)* 14. China (2-6)
7. Australia (4-4)* 15. South Korea (1-7)
8. Argentina (2-6) 16. Egypt (0-8)
*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.

 

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski's 12-member USA team, a young and internationally inexperienced team that averaged just 20-years old, finished the World Championship in possession of a 6-2 overall record and the bronze medal. It was the American's determination to win that will be most remembered. In five of eight games the USA team trailed with under two minutes to play and on three occasions the U.S. somehow managed to rally and claim a win.

The USA completed its pool play boasting a perfect 3-0 record after defeating Greece (in overtime), South Korea and Spain.

Opening quarterfinal action with a late night game versus host Argentina, despite a raucous, partisan, capacity crowd, the U.S. started quickly and by half led 58-42. The U.S. managed to hold off a second half Argentinean surge to record the 104-100 win as guard Kenny Anderson led the U.S. with 32 points. Facing an experienced Australian team, the U.S. lost its leading scorer Billy Owens to a back injury just 55 seconds into the game. Trailing 78-74 with 1:52 left, a Todd Day hoop and free throw pulled the U.S. within one, 78-77, and a Lee Mayberry steal and short jumper with 1:13 to go gave the U.S. the lead and the 79-78 win.

Meeting also unbeaten and 5-0 Puerto Rico, the U.S. trailed 48-45 at half. Regrouping, the U.S. with 7:32 remaining led 73-68, but Puerto Rico staged its own rally and with 1:24 to play led 77-76. Adding a critical three-pointer then another basket, Puerto Rico held on to earn an 81-79 win.

Facing Yugoslavia for the right to advance to the gold medal game, the favored Yugoslavian team featured five future NBA players and proved too much for the U.S. collegians, 99-91. Despite a stellar showing by the USA's Alonzo Mourning, 26 points and 11 rebounds while holding 7'0' L.A. Laker Vlade Divac to seven points and four rebounds, the U.S. had no answer for NBA soon-to-be-star Drazen Petrovic's 31 points (6-10 3-pt FGs) or Toni Kukoc's 19 points and nine assists.

Unwilling to return home without a medal, the U.S. persevered and earned a 107-105 overtime win against Puerto Rico. Trailing 96-88 with 1:28 to play in regulation, the U.S. cut the gap to 96-94, Puerto Rico threw the ball away with six seconds remaining and Anderson forced overtime when he made two free throws with no time on the clock. During overtime, the U.S. grabbed a 103-98 lead and went on to claim a 107-105 win and the bronze medal. Yugoslavia earned the gold by virtue of its 92-75 win over the USSR.

1990 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kenny Anderson
G
6-2
166
19
Georgia Tech Rego Park, NY
Todd Day
F
6-8
195
20
University of Arkansas Memphis, TN
Chris Gatling
F
6-9
220
22
Old Dominion University Irvington, NJ
Christian Laettner
F
6-11
235
20
Duke University Angola, NY
Lee Mayberry
G
6-2
175
19
University of Arkansas Tulsa, OK
Alonzo Mourning
F
6-9
230
20
Georgetown University Chesapeake, VA
Billy Owens
G
6-9
225
21
Syracuse University
Carlisle, PA
Mark Randall
F
6-8
240
22
University of Kansas Englewood, CO
Chris Smith
G
6-2
175
20
University of Connecticut Bridgeport, CT
Doug Smith
F
6-10
220
20
University of Missouri Detroit, MI
Bryant Stith
G
6-5
192
19
University of Virginia Freeman, VA
Henry Williams
G
6-1
175
19
Univ. of North Carolina-Charlotte Indianapolis, IN
HEAD COACH: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University (NC)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (NY)
ASSISTANT COACH: P. J. Carlesimo, Seton Hall University (NJ)
MANAGER: Joe Harrington, University of Colorado
TEAM PHYSICIAN: James Hill, Chicago, IL
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Gary Hazelrigg, Birmingham, AL

1990 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Anderson 8
54-116
.466
6- 26
.231
36- 44
.818
34/ 4.3
150/ 18.8
34
0
13
Mourning 8
47- 92
.511
1- 2
.500
33- 53
.623
61/ 7.6
128/ 16.0
4
37
8
Owens 7
42- 69
.609
2- 9
.222
12- 21
.571
42/ 6.0
98/ 14.0
21
3
14
C. Smith 8
29- 56
.518
15- 27
.556
2- 5
.400
15/ 1.9
75/ 9.4
11
3
6
D. Smith 8
29- 47
.617
0- 0
.000
11- 17
.647
39/ 4.9
69/ 8.6
9
3
9
Laettner 8
16- 35
.457
0- 1
.000
23- 26
.885
41/ 5.1
55/ 6.9
15
2
9
Gatling 5
8- 10
.800
0- 0
.000
18- 20
.900
13/ 2.6
34/ 6.8
0
1
1
Day 8
19- 41
.463
3- 10
.300
9- 12
.750
16/ 2.0
50/ 6.3
7
1
6
Mayberry 8
19- 32
.594
7- 14
.500
1- 2
.500
5/ 0.6
46/ 5.8
11
0
7
Randall 8
18- 31
.581
0- 2
.000
4- 7
.571
31/ 3.9
40/ 5.0
6
0
5
Stith 8
8- 18
.444
1- 3
.333
20- 21
.952
13/ 1.6
37/ 4.6
5
0
4
Williams 7
6- 17
.353
4- 11
.364
6- 6
1.000
2/ 0.3
22/ 3.1
5
0
5
Team
 
 
 
 
 
 
25/ 3.1
USA 8
295-564
.523
39-105
.371
175-234
.748
337/ 42.1
804/100.5
128
50
87
OPP. 8
252-578
.436
59-151
.391
147-185
.795
312/ 39.0
710/ 88.8
100
22
66

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