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1970 USA Men's World Championship Team

SIXTH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP -- 1970

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Ljubljana, Yugoslavia • May 10-24, 1970 


For the first time, the World Championship moved to the Northern hemisphere. Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, was awarded the tourney, giving Yugoslavia the hometown advantage after back-to-back Yugoslavian silver medals in 1967 and 1963. Playing in their homeland proved beneficial for Yugoslavia as it won the 1970 title as had the host countries in 1963 and 1950.  
1970 USA RESULTS (6-3)
USA 74 Cuba 53
USA 99 Australia 62
USA 99 Czechoslovakia 86
FINAL ROUND
USA 88 Czechoslovakia 60
USA 76 Uruguay 39
USA 75 USSR 72
Italy 66 USA 64
Yugoslavia 70 USA 63
Brazil 69 USA 65
1970 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS
1. Yugoslavia (5-1) 8. Cuba (5-0)
2. Brazil (4-2)* 9. Panama (3-2)*
3. Soviet Union (4-2)* 10. Canada (3-2)*
4. Italy (3-3)* 11. South Korea (3-2)*
5. USA (3-3)* 12. Australia (1-4)
6. Czechoslovakia (2-4) 13. Egypt (0-5)
7. Uruguay (0-6)
*Final standings determined by point differential between tied teams.
NOTE: Team records reflect results from Final Round or Classification Round games only.

 

The USA team, consisting of American collegians, were fast out of the gate. Opening preliminary pool play with a 21-point victory over Cuba, 74-53, Australia was bettered by 37, 99-62, then the Americans wrapped-up their preliminary round of competition with a 99-86 victory over previously unbeaten Czechoslovakia.

Advancing into the final round, San Jose State's 6'7' Darnell Hillman scored 21 points as the U.S. again defeated Czechoslovakia, this time by a score of 88-60. Next, the American squad jumped all over Uruguay early and went on to score a convincing 76-39 victory. Facing a veteran Soviet Union team and playing in front of Tivoli Arena crowd of over 8,000, the two teams were tied 44-44 at halftime and the U.S. fell behind 66-58 late in the second half. Still trailing 72-68, behind the play of Garfield Smith, Mike Silliman and Ken Washington, the U.S. rallied and after a Washington three-point play in the closing seconds, the U.S. prevailed for a 75-72 win. Washington led the Americans with 18 points, followed by Silliman with 16, Hillman with 14 and Jim Williams added 12.

Standing 6-0, the Americans faltered down the stretch, dropping all three of their final games. Suffering a bitter 66-64 setback to Italy, host Yugoslavia slipped past the Americans 70-63 as more than 8,000 fans cheered the Yugoslavs on. Although Yugoslavia led for much of the contest, twice the game had to be interrupted to clear the playing floor of debris that spectators had thrown. Silliman, formerly of the U.S. Military Academy, led the Americans' scoring against Yugoslavia with 16 points, followed by Washington with 14 and Hillman with 12. A key performer for Yugoslavia was Kresimir Cosic, a sophomore at Brigham Young University who tallied 11 points.

Struggling and now out of medal contention, the U.S. dropped its final game of the competition to Brazil, 69-55, to fall to 6-3 overall and a disappointing fifth in the final standings. Yugoslavia won the gold, Brazil earned the silver, and the USSR collected the bronze.

1970 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM ROSTER


NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Tal Brody G 6-2 175 25 University of lllinois Trenton, NJ
Darnell Hillman F 6-7 205 20 San Jose State University Saramento, CA
Stan Issac F 6-7 220 26 Iona College Bronx, NY
Brad Luchini G 6-2 170      
Bruce McDonald G 5-10 160 23 Cedarville College  
Michael Silliman F 6-6 230 26 U. S. Military Academy Louisville, KY
Garfield Smith F 6-7 215 25 Eastern Kentucky University Campbellsville, KY
Bill Walton C 6-11 210 17 Helix High School / UCLA La Mesa, CA
Kenny Washington G 6-3 185 26 Univ. of California-Los Angeles Beufort, SC
Jim Williams F 6-8 207 26 Chicago Jamaco Saints (Temple) Norristown, PA
Art Wilmore G 6-4 207 19 University of Michigan New York, NY
Bob Wolfe G 6-2 170 25 Marquette University Mehomonie Falls, WI
HEAD COACH: Hal Fischer, USAF (San Francisco, CA)
ASSISTANT COACH: Hank Vaughn, Goodyear Wingfoots (OH)
MANAGER: Russel Lyons, Boulder, CO


1970 USA MEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
Michael Silliman 9
34- 80
.425
15- 24
.625
18/ 3.0
119/ 13.2
5
Kenny Washington 9
26- 52
.500
21- 28
.750
22/ 3.7
112/ 12.4
13
Tal Brody 9
17- 43
.395
8- 10
.800
9/ 1.5
87/ 9.7
13
Darnell Hillman 9
30- 46
.652
14- 22
.636
40/ 6.7
83/ 9.2
0
Bruce McDonald 8
16- 35
.457
13- 18
.722
28/ 4.7
83/ 10.4
5
Garfield Smith 9
15- 34
.441
9- 22
.409
47/ 7.8
65/ 7.2
3
Bob Wolfe 9
12- 33
.364
2- 2
1.000
3/ 0.5
53/ 5.9
3
Jim Williams 8
11- 18
.611
6- 10
.600
30/ 5.0
46/ 5.8
2
Stan Issac 8
4- 13
.308
1- 2
.500
11/ 1.8
28/ 3.5
1
Bill Walton 5
2- 4
.500
0- 0
.000
4/ 4.0
13/ 2.6
0
Brad Luchini 4
 
 
 
10/ 2.5
Art Wilmore 3
 
 
 
4/ 1.3
USA TOTALS 9
169-372
.454
93-142
.655
214/ 35.7
703/ 78.1
46
OPP. TOTALS 9
245-
87-
577/ 64.1

NOTE: Individual cumulative statistical totals reflect totals for only the USA's final six games. Box scores for the USA's first three preliminary games against Cuba, Australia, Czechoslovakia are not available. USA team cumulative statistical totals for everything but points scored reflect totals for only the USA's final six games, box scores for the USA's first three preliminary games against Cuba, Australia, Czechoslovakia are not available.

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