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1989 USA Men's World Championship Qualifying Team

FIBA Americas Championship -- 1989

  • Date:
    Dec 15, 2010

Mexico City, Mexico • June 8-18, 1989

The 1989 USA World Championship Qualifying Team, under the direction of Georgia Tech mentor Bobby Cremins, journeyed to Mexico City, Mexico, looking to earn one of the Americas zone’s five qualifying spots for the 1990 FIBA World Championship.


1989 USA RESULTS (6-1)

Dom. Rep.
116
USA
108
USA
105
Puerto Rico
92
USA
95
Cuba
92
USA
118
Panama
97
USA
96
Mexico
86
USA
75
Canada
73
USA
99
Brazil
96
Puerto Rico
88
USA
80

1989 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Puerto Rico (7-1) 5. Canada (5-3)
2. *USA (6-2) 6. Dom. Rep. (5-3)
3. *Brazil (7-1) 7. Cuba (3-5)
4. *Venezuela (5-3) 8. #Argentina (2-6)

Note: Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Ecuador also participated in pool play, but failed to advance to the classification round.
*Qualified for the 1990 FIBA World Championship.
# Argentina qualified for the 1990 World Championship as the host country.

Sending to Mexico a team featuring top collegians like Billy Owens, Gary Payton, Lionel Simmons, Antonio Davis, and Christian Laettner among others, the USA lost its first and last games and reeled off six wins in between en route to finishing with a 6-2 record and the silver medal.

Opening preliminary play on June 8, despite 24 points from Simmons, the U.S. came out on the short end of a 116-108 contest against the Dominican Republic. The USA got on the winning track the following day and behind 26 points from Owens scored a convincing 105-92 win over Puerto Rico.

The USA winning ways continued as the U.S. squad edged Cuba 95-93 as Rodney Monroe led the USA offense with 16 points. Panama was overwhelmed 118-97 on June 11 as Owens exploded for 32 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field. Closing out preliminary play against host Mexico, the U.S. battled to a 96-86 victory as Laettner posted team highs of 20 points and eight rebounds.

The USA, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic finished preliminary play tied with identical 4-1 records, and based on the FIBA tie-breaking formula of results between the three tied teams, Puerto Rico edged out the U.S. for the No. 1 seed, the U.S. was seeded second and the Dominican Republic earned the No. 3 seed.

Facing 3-2 Canada, Owens recorded a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds as the U.S. squeezed out a 75-73 victory to keep its medal hopes alive. The quarterfinals win assured the USA of a berth in the ‘90 World Championship.

The semifinals pitted the 5-1 USA against unbeaten 6-0 Brazil. Owens put up his second consecutive double-double after finishing with team highs of 22 points and 15 rebounds and the USA fought off Brazil for a 99-96 victory to advance to the gold medal contest.

Meeting Puerto Rico in the gold medal contest, Doug Smith scored 18 points but the U.S. was held to its second lowest offensive output in an 88-80 setback to Puerto Rico.

While the U.S. earned a qualifying spot for the 1990 FIBA World Championship, also qualifying were Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela and Canada.

Owens paced the American offense averaging 20.4 ppg. and a team leading 7.4 rpg., while Simmons contributed 14.8 ppg. and 7.3 rpg., Monroe scored 12.9 ppg., and Smith added 11.3 ppg.

 

1989 USA TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
COLLEGE HOMETOWN
Matt Bullard
C
6-10
212
22
University of Iowa West Des Moines, IA
Chris Corchiani
G
6-0
186
21
North Carolina State Miami, FL
Antonio Davis
F
6-9
221
20
University of Texas El-Paso Oakland, CA
Greg Dennis
F
6-11
193
20
East Tennessee State University Charleston, WV
Christian Laettner
F
6-10
237
19
Duke University Angola, NY
Jason Matthews
G
6-3
175
19
University of Pittsburgh Los Angeles, CA
Rodney Monroe
G
6-3
173
21
North Carolina State University Hagerstown, MD
Billy Owens
G
6-9
212
20
Syracuse University Carlisle, PA
Gary Payton
G
6-3
176
20
Oregon State University Oakland, CA
Elliot Perry
G
6-1
151
20
Memphis State University Memphis, TN
Lionel Simmons
F
6-6
221
20
LaSalle University Philadelphia, PA
Doug Smith
F
6-10
217
19
University of Missouri Detroit, MI
HEAD COACH: Bobby Cremins, Georgia Tech
ASSISTANT COACH: Les Robinson, East Tennessee State
ASSISTANT COACH: Joby Wright, Indiana University
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Gerald Lawrence, Willimantic, Connecticut
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ed Ryan, U.S. Olympic Committee

1989 USA TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-A
PCT
3PM-A
PCT
FTM-A
PCT
REB
PTS
AT
BK
ST
Owens 8
69-115
.600
16- 35
.457
9- 15
.600
59/ 7.4
163/ 20.4
13
6
4
Simmons 8
50-100
.500
0- 7
.000
18- 32
.563
58/ 7.3
118/ 14.8
17
6
6
Monroe 8
40- 82
.488
19- 43
.442
4- 4
1.000
34/ 4.3
103/ 12.9
0
0
3
Smith 8
39- 72
.542
0- 1
.000
12- 17
.715
48/ 6.0
90/ 11.3
5
0
5
Laettner 8
27- 49
.551
3- 12
.250
15- 19
.789
47/ 5.9
72/ 9.0
2
2
6
Davis 8
21- 27
.778
0- 0
.---
14- 31
.452
38/ 4.8
56/ 7.0
0
18
4
Matthews 8
15- 33
.455
12- 22
.545
9- 10
.900
10/ 1.3
51/ 6.4
1
1
1
Corchiani 8
16- 31
.516
2- 11
.182
11- 15
.733
11/ 1.4
45/ 5.6
18
1
4
Payton 8
12- 29
.414
5- 18
.278
0- 3
.000
19/ 2.4
29/ 3.6
11
2
11
Perry 8
9- 18
.500
0- 2
.000
10- 13
.769
8/ 1.0
28/ 3.5
2
0
5
Bullard 7
9- 16
.563
0- 0
.---
3- 3
1.000
16/ 2.3
21/ 3.0
0
0
2
Dennis 3
0- 2
.000
0- 0
.---
0- 0
.---
4/ 1.3
0/ 0.0
0
0
0
USA 8
308-575
.536
55-148
.372
107-164
.652
352/44.0
776/ 97.0
69
36
51
OPP. 8              
740/ 92.5
     

 

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