Games of the XVIIIth Olympiad -- 1964
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)
1964 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
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
|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
|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|