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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 FG) 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 Team USA possession and deny Uruguay an opportunity for a game-winning shot with the Americans clinging to a two-point lead. Johnson led Team 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 Team 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, Team 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 PR 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-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
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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