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2003 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

FOURTEENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 2003

  • Date:
    Dec 2, 2010

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic • August 2-6, 2003


In every game until the end, the USA men's basketball team suffered three narrow defeats to place fourth at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.


2003 USA RESULTS (2-3)

USA 80 Argentina 79
Puerto Rico 86 USA 85
USA 74 Uruguay 72
Brazil 92 USA 80
Puerto Rico 76 USA 70

2003 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Brazil (5-0) 5. Mexico (2-3)
2. Dominican Rep. (3-2) 6. Argentina (2-3)
3. Puerto Rico (3-2) 7. Canada (2-3)
4. USA (2-3) 8. Uruguay (1-4)

Coached by Michigan State University's Tom Izzo, the squad posted a 2-3 record, losing its three games by one point, six points and 12 points in a game that was closer than the final score indicates.

The United States' effort was led by Emeka Okafor as the 6-9 center posted a team-high average of 12.0 ppg. while shooting 68.3 percent (28-41 FGs) from the floor. Chuck Hayes accounted for 11.2 ppg. and a team leading 7.6 rpg., while 6-9 forward Arthur Johnson finished averaging 10.0 ppg. Guard Andre Barrett was credited with 9.2 ppg., and led the team in assists, averaging 2.4 apg., and shot a team best 53.8 percent (7-13 3pt FGs) from 3-point.

Featuring eight teams divided into two preliminary groups of four teams each, the USA men opened the 2003 Pan American Games tournament in dramatic fashion, scoring a thrilling come-from-behind 80-79 victory over favorite Argentina. Tied at 74 with 2:17 to play, the USA's Stepp drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer from the right side of the key to give the USA a lead it would not relinquish. Hayes led his squad with 17 points (7-10 FGs) and five rebounds, while Okafor added 13 points and six boards, and Diogu finished with 11 points and added a USA best eight rebounds.

For the second-straight night the game went to the final possession, but this time it was the Americans who came out on the short end, falling 86-85 to Puerto Rico as the U.S. missed an 18-footer at the buzzer. The USA was led by Barrett's 16 points, while Arthur Johnson pumped in 15 off the bench.

In need of a victory if it were to advance to medal round semifinals, the USA fought its way to a 74-72 win over Uruguay on Aug. 3. For the third consecutive night, the outcome was decided in the final seconds as Barrett this time proved to be the hero after tying up Uruguay's Alejandro Muro to give the USA possession and deny Uruguay an opportunity for a game-winning shot with the Americans clinging to a two-point lead. Johnson led the USA with 17 points, while Hayes added 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

The Americans were denied a shot at the gold medal when they were outlasted by Brazil, 92-80, on Aug. 5. Cold shooting stymied the USA, which held a 76-74 lead with 4:18 remaining in the game. However, Brazil reeled off 13 unanswered points in the next four minutes to pull away. Okafor led the Americans with 18 points and Hayes posted an impressive double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Finally, the USA failed to medal at the Pan Ams for just the second time (first was in Cali, Columbia, in 1971) when it fell 76-70 in a rematch with Puerto Rico in the bronze medal game on Aug. 6. The U.S. trailed 48-27 at halftime but stormed back to cut Puerto Rico's lead to 64-60 with 3:49 remaining following a layup by Diogu, however the U.S. did not complete the rally as Puerto Rico held on for the win. The USA was led by Gordon, who posted 12 points, while Hayes added 10 points and nine rebounds, and Okafor finished with 10 points as well.

Brazil won the gold medal, blowing out host Dominican Republic 89-62, in the tournament finale. Mexico defeated Argentina, 95-90, to finish fifth, while Canada polished off Uruguay, 83-52, to place seventh in the tournament.

2003 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE COLLEGE HOMETOWN
Andre Barrett G 5-10 172 21 Seton Hall Bronx, NY
Josh Childress F 6-7 198 20 Stanford Los Angeles CA
Ike Diogu F 6-8 250 19 Arizona State Garland, TX
Ben Gordon G 6-2 195 20 Connecticut Mt. Vernon, NY
Chuck Hayes F 6-6 247 20 Kentucky Modesto, CA
Chris Hill G 6-3 190 20 Michigan State Indianapolis, IN
Luke Jackson G 6-7 210 21 Oregon Creswell, OR
Arthur Johnson F 6-9 265 20 Missouri Detroit, MI
Brandon Mouton G 6-4 205 21 Texas Lafayette, LA
Emeka Okafor C 6-9 252 20 Connecticut Houston, TX
Rickey Paulding G 6-4 200 21 Missouri Detroit MI
Blake Stepp G 6-4 200 21 Gonzaga Eugene, OR
HEAD COACH: Tom Izzo, Michigan State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Lorenzo Lomar, University of Washington
ASSISTANT COACH: Quin Snyder, University of Missouri
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Kathryn Dec, Richmond, Virginia
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Casey Smith, Phoenix Suns

2003 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Okafor 5/5 28- 41 .683 0- 0 .--- 4- 6 .667 14/ 2.8 60/ 12.0 4 7 3
Hayes 5/5 21- 37 .568 0- 0 .--- 14-25 .560 38/ 7.6 56/ 11.2 8 4 7
Johnson 5/0 21- 44 .477 0- 1 .000 8- 15 .533 17/ 3.4 50/ 10.0 1 1 0
Barrett 5/5 17- 29 .586 7- 13 .538 5- 5 1.000 6/ 1.2 46/ 9.2 12 0 6
Paulding 5/5 15- 39 .385 3- 10 .300 5- 7 .714 7/ 1.4 38/ 7.6 3 1 1
Mouton 5/5 15- 44 .341 3- 15 .200 3- 4 .750 21/ 4.2 36/ 7.2 4 1 1
Diogu 5/0 11- 18 .611 0- 0 .--- 9- 15 .600 16/ 3.2 31/ 6.2 0 1 0
Gordon 5/0 12- 23 .522 4-11 .364 0- 2 .000 6/ 1.2 28/ 5.6 6 0 3
Stepp 5/0 5- 14 .286 4- 12 .333 4- 6 .667 5/ 1.0 16/ 3.2 4 2 1
Jackson 5/0 4- 6 .667 2- 2 1.000 4- 5 .800 5/ 1.0 14/ 2.8 0 0 3
Childress 5/0 2- 9 .222 1- 4 .250 2- 4 .500 16/ 3.2 7/ 1.4 2 0 2
Hill 5/0 3- 7 .429 1- 4 .250 0- 0 .--- 1/ 0.2 7/ 1.4 0 0 0
USA 5 153-311 .492 25- 72 .347 58- 94 .617 152/30.4 389/77.8 44 17 27
OPP. 5 140-286 .490 36-107 .336 89-140 .636 123/24.6 405/91.0 60 10 29

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