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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 Acad. 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-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
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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