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1991 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

ELEVENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1991

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Havana, Cuba • August 3-17, 1991


Seeking to recapture the Pan American Games gold medal which the USA had lost to Brazil in 1987, the Americans again saw their golden dreams dashed as Puerto Rico defeated the U.S. in the semifinals and went on to secure the gold. For the U.S., it was another good showing that failed to realize the gold. The USA finished with a 6-1 record and the bronze medal.


1991 USA RESULTS (6-1)

USA   92 Cuba 88
USA   91 Venezuela 66
USA   87 Argentina 81
USA 116 Bahamas 58
USA 114 Uruguay 68
Puerto Rico   73 USA 68
USA   93 Cuba 74

1991 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Puerto Rico (6-1) 6. Venezuela (3-4)
2. Mexico (4-3) 7. Argentina (3-4)
3. USA (6-1) 8. Uruguay (1-6)
4. Cuba (2-5) 9. Bahamas (2-3)
5. Brazil (6-1) 10. Canada (0-5)

Opening against host Cuba and playing in front of a capacity home crowd, Thomas Hill of the U.S. initiated the competition by shattering a backboard with a pre-game dunk. After a new backboard was in place, the U.S. started slowly and at half trailed 50-47. Dominating the first 15 minutes of the second half and taking control 86-72, the U.S. squad held on in the final five minutes and earned a 92-88 victory as James Jackson scored 22 points on 10-13 shooting from the field and Duke's Christian Laettner added 19 points.

Two days later, the U.S. again suffered through a sluggish first half, posting just a six point lead over Venezuela, 43-37. But another strong second half lifted the U.S. to a convincing 91-66 win as Jackson and Laettner led the U.S. scoring attack again with 18 and 15 points, respectively. Argentina took the Americans to the limit before the U.S. claimed an 87-81 win. With four minutes to play, the U.S. held a 76-75 lead, but four points from Jackson and four from Clarence Weatherspoon in the closing minutes helped lead the U.S. to the win. Jackson led the U.S. scoring with 17 points, Laettner added 15 and Weatherspoon tossed in 14 points. After a three-day break, the U.S. returned to the court facing the Bahamas. Jumping out to an 18-0 lead, the U.S. continued its relentless running attack and went on to claim a 116-58 win as six U.S. players scored in double figures. Terry Dehere tallied a game high 21 points, while Jackson and Walt Williams added 19 and 17 each.

Completing pool play with an unblemished 4-0 record, the U.S. disposed of Uruguay in the quarterfinals, 114-68. Jumping out to a 9-0 lead, the USA never looked back as all 12 U.S. players scored in the win, led by UCLA's Tracy Murray's 16 points.

Facing an experienced team from Puerto Rico in the semifinals, the USA's golden dreams received a blow when it was learned less than 24 hours before the semifinal contest that Jackson, the USA's leading scorer, would miss the remainder of the competition because of a stress fracture in his left foot.

Holding a 37-29 advantage over Puerto Rico at halftime, with 4:47 to play the Americans led 64-63. But Puerto Rico reeled off eight straight points to take control 71-64 with 1:34 to play, and although the U.S. cut that deficit to 71-68 with 44 seconds left, Puerto Rico made its free throws down the stretch to take the 73-68 win. Williams led the U.S. with 16 points, Laettner added 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Facing host Cuba in the bronze medal game, the U.S. controlled the first half and led at the mid-way point 56-44. With 13:46 to go, Cuba had rallied to within two, 63-61, but the U.S. regrouped and went on to claim the 93-74 victory and Pan Am bronze. Six U.S. players scored in double digits, with Murray and Williams each accounting for 15 points.

1991 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Anthony Bennett G 6-0 170 22 Wisconsin-Green Bay Green Bay, WI
Terry Dehere G 6-4 175 19 Seton Hall Jersey City, NJ
Grant Hill F 6-7 205 18 Duke Reston, VA
Thomas Hill G 6-4 195 19 Duke Lancaster, TX
James Jackson G 6-6 212 20 Ohio State Toledo, OH
Adam Keefe F 6-9 230 21 Stanford Irvine, CA
Christian Laettner C 6-11 235 21 Duke Angola, NY
Eric Montross C 7-0 251 19 North Carolina Indianapolis, IN
Tracy Murray F 6-8 220 20 UCLA Glendora, CA
Mike Peplowski C 6-10 270 20 Michigan State Detroit, MI
Clarence Weatherspoon F 6-7 240 20 Southern Mississippi Crawford, MS
Walt Williams G 6-8 200 21 Maryland Temple Hills, MD
HEAD COACH: Gene Keady, Purdue University (IN)
ASSISTANT COACH: Randy Ayers, Ohio State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Bob Chipman, Washburn University (KS)
ASSISTANT COACH: Don Monson, University of Oregon
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Jim Nevins, San Diego, CA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Alex Brown, University of Oklahoma

1991 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS


G FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Jackson 5 40- 59 .678 3- 9 .333 8- 12 .667 13/ 2.6 91/ 18.2 16 1 11
Laettner 7 27- 57 .474 1- 2 .500 44- 48 .917 42/ 6.0 99/ 14.1 10 5 11
Williams 7 28- 55 .509 7- 20 .350 13- 23 .565 16/ 2.3 76/ 10.9 10 3 17
Weatherspoon 7 22- 34 .647 0- 0 .000 23- 24 .958 44/ 6.3 67/ 9.6 9 12 9
Keefe 7 24- 34 .706 0- 0 .000 17- 23 .739 20/ 2.9 65/ 9.3 4 1 8
Dehere 7 22- 54 .407 7- 21 .333 8- 10 .800 1/ 0.1 59/ 8.4 16 0 11
Murray 7 19- 44 .432 7- 23 .304 9- 13 .692 13/ 1.9 54/ 7.7 6 3 4
Bennett 7 16- 39 .410 4- 15 .267 7- 9 .778 3/ 0.4 43/ 6.1 23 0 15
G. Hill 7 13- 24 .542 0- 0 .000 11- 14 .786 23/ 3.3 37/ 5.3 21 4 14
Peplowski 7 13- 19 .684 0- 0 .000 2- 3 .667 12/ 1.7 28/ 4.0 1 3 2
T. Hill 6 11- 27 .407 1- 10 .100 4- 6 .667 5/ 0.8 27/ 4.5 1 0 5
Montross 5 5- 8 .625 0- 0 .000 5- 10 .500 8/ 1.6 15/ 3.0 1 3 3
USA 7 240-454 .529 30-100 .300 151-195 .774 200/28.6 661/94.4 118 35 110
OPP. 7 174-435 .400 28- 95 .295 132-176 .750 125/17.9 508/72.6 65 0 96

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