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1964 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XVIIIth Olympiad -- 1964

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Tokyo, Japan • October 11-23 , 1964


Even though head coach Hank Iba had a spectacular pool of talent, the 1964 U.S. team began competition wary that their reign as the world's best may be on the line. With the Soviets having made great strides on offense, the USSR was considered a co-favorite for the Olympic gold.


1964 USA RESULTS (9-0)
USA 78 Australia 45
USA 77 Finland 51
USA 60 Peru 45
USA 83 Uruguay 28
USA 69 Yugoslavia 61
USA 86 Brazil 53
USA 116 South Korea 50
USA 62 Puerto Rico 42
USA 73 USSR 59

1964 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (9-0) 9. Australia (4-5)
2. Soviet Union (8-1) 10.Japan (4-5)
3. Brazil (6-3) 11.Finland (4-5)
4. Puerto Rico (5-4) 12.Mexico (3-6)
5. Italy (6-3) 13.Hungary (4-5)
6. Poland (5-4) 14.Canada (1-8)
7. Yugoslavia (6-3) 15.Peru (3-6)
8. Uruguay (4-5) 16. South Korea (0-9)

Entering the 1964 Games riding a 37-game Olympic winning streak, the U.S. hopes of extending that streak were clouded by the possibility of a boycott of the Olympics by black American athletes. The boycott never happened and black players, who since the 1956 Olympics had become an important part of the U.S. Olympic basketball program, secured five places on the 1964 USA team.

Finding the path through the preliminary competition relatively easy, the U.S. defeated, in order, Australia, 78-45; Finland, 77-51; Peru, 60-45; Uruguay, 83-28; Yugoslavia, 69-61; Brazil, 86-53, and South Korea, 116-50.

Facing Puerto Rico in the semifinals, the American's, behind Bill Bradley's 16 points and 14 more from Jerry Shipp, routed Puerto Rico 62-42 to earn the right to play in the gold medal game.

The Olympic Games final contest featured a pair of unbeaten teams. Both the USA and USSR men entered the gold medal clash boasting of 8-0 records. The Soviet Union jumped out to an early lead over the Americans, but the Soviets' star player, Alexander Petrov, logged four early fouls. The U.S. narrowed the margin to 16-13 at the 10-minute mark and from that point on Iba's troops finally got their running game into gear. The U.S. took control and by half had built a 39-31 advantage. Continuing to rely on its fast break, the U.S. cruised on to an impressive 73-59 victory. Lucious Jackson led the Americans in the gold medal game with 17 points, Joe Caldwell added 14, and Bill Bradley and Jerry Shipp each accounted for 10 points.

In the process of capturing their sixth straight Olympic gold medal, the USA men extended their Olympic unbeaten string to 46 games. Shipp led the U.S. scoring attack, averaging 12.4 points-a-game, while Bradley and Jackson averaged 10.1 points and 10.0 points, respectively.

 

1964 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION (SCHOOL) HOMETOWN
Jim Barnes C 6-8 240 23 Texas Western College Stillwater, OK
Bill Bradley G/F 6-5 205 21 Princeton University Crystal City, MO
Larry Brown G 5-10 165 24 Goodyear Wingfoots (North Carolina) Long Beach , NY
Joe Caldwell G/F 6-5 195 22 Arizona State University Texas City, TX
Melvin Counts C 7-0 230 23 Oregon State University Coors Bay, OR
Richard Davies G 6-1 175 28 Goodyear Wingfoots (LSU) Union City, TN
Walt Hazzard G/F 6-3 188 22 Univ. of California-Los Angeles Philadelphia, PA
Lucious Jackson F 6-9 238 22 Pan American University San Marcos, TX
Pete McCaffrey F 6-5 190 25 Goodyear Wingfoots (LSU) Kansas City, MO
Jeff Mullins G/F 6-4 185 22 Duke University Lexington, KY
Jerry Shipp G 6-5 190 29 Phillips 66ers (SE Oklahoma State) Blue,OK
George 'Jiff' Wilson F 6-8 210 22 Chicago Jamaco Saints (Cincinnati) Chicago, IL
HEAD COACH: Henry Iba, Oklahoma State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Henry Vaughn, Goodyear Wingfoots (OH)
MANAGER: G. Russel Lyons, Rocky Mountain Association (CO)
ASSISTANT MANAGER: G. Shelton Kem, Randolph Air Force Base

1964 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT PF PTS/AVG
Shipp 9 52-102 .510 8- 10 .800 16 112/ 12.4
Bradley 9 34- 66 .515 23- 24 .958 29 91/ 10.1
Jackson 9 36- 75 .480 18- 25 .720 20 90/ 10.0
Caldwell 9 40- 80 .500 1- 6 .167 17 81/ 9.0
Barnes 8 31- 58 .534 6- 12 .500 19 68/ 8.5
Counts 8 22- 44 .500 9- 12 .750 17 53/ 6.6
Wilson 8 15- 46 .326 13- 19 .684 24 43/ 5.4
McCaffrey 9 21- 42 .500 4- 6 .667 28 46/ 5.1
Brown 9 14- 31 .452 9- 10 .900 17 37/ 4.1
Hazzard 9 14- 44 .318 6- 6 1.000 13 34/ 3.8
Davies 9 11- 21 .524 9- 14 .643 15 31/ 3.4
Mullins 8 8- 12 .667 2- 4 .500 6 18/ 2.3
USA 9 298-621 .480 108-148 .730 221 704/ 78.2
OPP. 9 167-571 .292 100-165 .606 233 434/ 48.2

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