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1987 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

TENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES -- 1987

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Indianapolis, Indiana, USA • August 7-23, 1987


The 1987 Pan American Games marked the first time the event was held in the United States since 1959 when the U.S. captured the gold medal in Chicago, Illinois. This year, however, the fate of the U.S. squad was not the same. Upset by Brazil in the championship, the United States was denied the gold medal for just the second time in 36-year Pan American history.


1987 USA RESULTS (6-1) 

USA   91 Panama   63
USA   85 Argentina   58
USA 105 Mexico   73
USA 109 Venezuela   74
USA 105 Uruguay   81
USA   80 Puerto Rico   75
Brazil 120 USA 115

1987 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

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

Head coach Denny Crum and the United States squad breezed its way through its first five games, winning by an average margin of over 29 points. Opening against Panama, six U.S. players scored in double digits to pace the USA squad to a 91-63 win. Argentina fell 85-58 to the U.S. as all 12 USA team members scored.

The USA's shooting warmed up in its next three games and the offense responded with three consecutive 100-point games. Dropping Mexico 105-73, the U.S. shot 59.2 percent from the floor and Rex Chapman scored 18 points. Defeating Venezuela 109-74 the following day, the U.S. again shot 59.2 percent from the floor as Chapman scored 17 points and 7'1' David Robinson added 17 points and 11 rebounds. Shooting 60.9 percent from the floor, the U.S. beat Uruguay 105-81 as every U.S. member scored, including seven in double figures.

Standing 5-0, the U.S. team received its first test when it locked horns with Puerto Rico in the semifinals. Tied at half 39-39, the USA held a slim 74-72 lead heading into the final minute and eventually posted an 80-75 win thanks to the dominating inside play of Robinson and Danny Manning and a strong defense. The U.S. held Puerto Rico to just 41.2 percent shooting and outrebounded them 47 to 36, as Robinson finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds and Manning added 20 points and six boards.

With a sold-out Market Square Arena crowd of 16,408 in attendance, the 6-0 USA team took the court against a 5-1 Brazilian team. The U.S. team, which had won 65 of 67 previous Pan American Games, seemed in total control early, cruising to a 68-54 halftime lead. But Brazil, behind international veterans Marcel Souza and Oscar Schmidt, who accounted for 55 of Brazil's 66 second half points, stormed back to capture the win, 120-115. The 29-year old Schmidt put on an offensive display not many will ever forget, scoring 35 second-half points to help lead Brazil to its shocking 120-115 victory over the United States. Schmidt finished the game with 46 points (7-15 3-pt. FGs) and Souza added 31. Despite foul trouble which limited his playing time to 15 of the game's 40 minutes, Robinson led the U.S. with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while the U.S. scoring was rounded out with Chapman adding 17, Willie Anderson 16, Manning 14, Pervis Ellison 13 (12 rebounds) and Keith Smart tossed in 12.

The United States, which lost only its third contest in the history of the Pan American Games, was led offensively by all-Americans Robinson and Manning. Manning led the squad in scoring averaging 14.6 ppg. and was the team's third leading rebounder, hauling down 5.9 rpg. Robinson was the team's leading rebounder grabbing 9.0 rpg. and was the second leading scorer, averaging 14.0 ppg.

1987 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Willie Anderson F 6-7 192 21 Georgia Decatur, GA
Ricky Berry F 6-8 205 22 San Jose State Morgan Hill, CA
Rex Chapman G 6-4 175 19 Kentucky Lexington, KY
Fennis Dembo G 6-5 215 21 Wyoming San Antonio, TX
Pervis Ellison F 6-9 205 20 Louisville Savannah, GA
Dean Garrett C 6-10 230 20 Indiana Los Angeles, CA
Jerome Lane F 6-6 215 20 Pittsburgh Akron, OH
Jeff Lebo G 6-3 180 20 North Carolina Carlisle, PA
Danny Manning C 6-11 215 21 Kansas Lawrence, KS
Jerome Richardson G 6-1 177 20 UCLA Philadelphia, PA
David Robinson C 7-1 230 22 U.S. Naval Academy Woodbridge, VA
Keith Smart G 6-1 175 22 Indiana Baton Rouge, LA
HEAD COACH: Denny Crum, University of Louisville (KY)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jud Heathcote, Michigan State University
ASSISTANT COACH: Jerry Jones, University of Louisville (KY)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: David Joyner, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
ATHLETIC TRAINER: John Streif, University of Iowa

1987 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS


G FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Manning 7 42- 67 .627 0- 0 .000 18- 21 .857 41/ 5.9 102/ 14.6 18 5 7
Robinson 7 36- 62 .581 0- 0 .000 26- 40 .650 63/ 9.0 98/ 14.0 9 15 9
Chapman 7 41- 80 .513 8- 23 .348 7- 10 .700 21/ 3.0 97/ 13.9 23 3 8
Anderson 7 29- 58 .500 0- 0 .000 12- 19 .632 31/ 4.4 70/ 10.0 15 3 7
Ellison 7 25- 48 .521 1- 1 1.000 18- 28 .643 55/ 7.9 69/ 9.9 8 12 2
Smart 7 23- 42 .548 1- 7 .143 5- 8 .625 16/ 2.3 52/ 7.4 12 0 5
Richardson 7 21- 36 .583 0- 1 .000 6- 13 .462 13/ 1.9 48/ 6.9 37 0 14
Dembo 7 11- 32 .344 2- 11 .182 15- 21 .714 25/ 3.6 39/ 5.6 9 0 3
Berry 7 15- 29 .517 3- 6 .500 4- 5 .800 18/ 2.6 37/ 5.3 7 2 4
Garrett 7 11- 31 .355 0- 0 .000 8- 14 .571 26/ 3.7 30/ 4.3 5 10 1
Lebo 7 11- 26 .423 1- 6 .167 6- 8 .750 9/ 1.3 29/ 4.1 11 1 7
Lane 6 6- 13 .462 0- 0 .000 7- 14 .500 21/ 3.5 19/ 3.2 10 1 0
USA 7 271-524 .517 16-55 .291 132-201 .657 339/48.4 690 /98.6 164 52 67
OPP. 7 180-449 .401 30-86 .349 154-219 .703 228/32.6 544/77.7 84 18 47

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