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1967 USA Men's World Championship Team

FIFTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1967

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Montevideo, Uruguay • May 27 - June 11, 1967

The fifth World Championship was once again held in South America. This time Montevideo, Uruguay, played host with games held at 'The Cylinder,' an 18,000 seat steel and concrete stadium. The teams not only had to combat each other, but also the cold as the stadium's internal temperature hovered around a frigid 35 degrees. Blankets and electric heaters were supplied to benches to help keep the players warm during games.

1967 USA RESULTS (7-2)
USA 67 Italy 56
USA 75 Mexico 65
USA 76 Yugoslavia 71
FINAL ROUND
USA 76 Argentina 66
USA 88 Uruguay 53
USA 59 USSR 58
Yugoslavia 73 USA 72
USA 91 Poland 61
Brazil 80 USA 71
1967 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
1. Soviet Union (5-1) 8. Mexico (5-0)
2. Yugoslavia (4-2)* 9. Italy (4-1)
3. Brazil (4-2)* 10. Peru (3-2)
4. USA (4-2)* 11. Japan (2-3)
5. Poland (2-4) 12. Puerto Rico (1-4)
6. Argentina (1-5)* 13. Paraguay (0-5)
7. Uruguay (1-5)*
*Final standings determined by results between tied teams.
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only.

 

Having assembled for only 10 days of practice at a Governors Island, New York, training camp, the U.S. relied on its depth in the tournament's early goings. Opening the preliminary round in Mercedes, Uruguay, the U.S. fought its way to victories over Italy, 67-56, Mexico, 75-65, and Yugoslavia 76-71.

In the first game of the final round, the USA squad, led by Vern Benson's 15 points and Pete Cunningham's 12 points, defeated Argentina 76-66. Host Uruguay was whipped 88-53 as Stan McKenzie scored 17 points. Facing the Soviet Union next and looking for its sixth consecutive victory, the U.S. won 59-58 thanks to Mike Barrett's 17 points, including the last six points and the game winner which came with three seconds left.

In a rematch with Yugoslavia, a team the USA had defeated 76-71 in the preliminary round, this time the U.S. would not be as fortunate as Yugoslavia held on to defeat the Americans 73-72. Leading by as many as 14 points in the second half, the U.S. lost three key players down the stretch to fouls allowing Yugoslavia to rally. Trailing 73-71 with just two seconds remaining, the USA's hopes for victory were dashed when Vern Benson missed the second of his two free throws dooming the U.S. to the 73-72 defeat. Regrouping from the heartbreaking loss, behind 20 points from Al Tucker the U.S. destroyed Poland in the second half and sailed to a 91-61 win to keep its gold medal hopes alive.

The United States, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia all entered the final day of competition with identical 4-1 records. If the U.S. defeated Brazil and the USSR beat Yugoslavia, then the Americans would win the title.

But Brazil served as the spoiler bettering the Americans, 80-71. The U.S. played catch-up from the outset falling to an early deficit that left them trailing by 11 at half, 40-29. Despite coming as close as three in the second half, the U.S. was never able to pull ahead. Carrier scored 20 for the U.S. in the loss.

Meanwhile, the heavily favored Soviet team scored its first win over Yugoslavia to claim the title and the brand new, solid gold World Championship cup bearing the name of Dr. James Naismith. Although the USA, Yugoslavia and Brazil all finished with 4-2 records, Yugoslavia was awarded second, Brazil third and the USA fourth based on results between the tied teams.

1967 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Mike Barrett G 6-2 160 22 U. S. Navy (West Virginia Tech) Montgomery, WV
Vern Benson G 6-0 160   Akron Goodyears (Indiana State)  
Darel Carrier G 6-3 185 26 Phillips 66ers (Western Kentucky) Bristow, KY
John Clawson G 6-4 200 22 University of Michigan Naperville, IL
Darius Cunningham G 6-2 180   U. S. Armed Forces  
Stan McKenzie F 6-5 205 22 New York University W. Hollywood, FL
Jay Miller F 6-5 205 24 Notre Dame University Goshen, IN
Charles Paulk C 6-9 219 23 Northeastern Oklahoma Univ.  
Kendall Rhine C 6-9 215 24 Rice University Dupo, IL
Michael Silliman F 6-6 230 23 U. S. Military Academy Louisville, KY
Albert Tucker C 6-8 190 24 Oklahoma Baptist University  
Jim Williams F 6-8 190 23 Chicago Jamaco Saints (Temple) Norristown, PA
HEAD COACH: Hal Fischer, USAF (San Fransisco, CA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Gudger, East Texas State University
MANAGER: Dave Gregg (AAU)

1967 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS
NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
Darel Carrier 9
42-102
.412
21- 29
.724
22/ 2.4
105/ 11.7
Jay Miller 9
36- 90
.400
15- 28
.536
35/ 3.9
87/ 9.7
Michael Silliman 9
28- 62
.452
12- 14
.857
29/ 3.2
68/ 7.6
Albert Tucker 9
27- 60
.450
10- 16
.625
23/ 2.6
64/ 7.1
Stan McKenzie 9
22- 49
.449
19- 28
.679
32/ 3.6
63/ 7.0
Kendall Rhine 9
26- 48
.542
6- 14
.429
72/ 8.0
58/ 6.4
Vern Benson 9
19- 61
.311
18- 24
.750
6/ 0.7
56/ 6.2
Mike Barrett 9
22- 58
.379
11- 16
.688
9/ 1.0
55/ 6.1
Darius Cunningham 9
16- 43
.372
14- 24
.583
24/ 2.7
46/ 5.1
Jim Williams 8
17- 30
.567
6- 8
.750
33/ 4.1
40/ 5.0
John Clawson 7
7- 13
.538
7- 8
.875
9/ 1.3
21/ 3.0
Charles Paulk 8
4- 14
.286
4- 8
.500
30/ 3.8
12/ 1.5
USA TOTALS 9
266-630
.422
143-217
.659
324/ 36.0
675/ 75.0
OPP. TOTALS 9
219-585
.374
145-241
.602
224/ 24.9
583/ 64.8

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