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1989 USA Men's World University Games Team

FIFTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1989

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Duisburg, West Germany • August 22-30, 1989

The USA basketball team, directed by coach Gene Keady of Purdue University (IN), traveled to Duisburg, West Germany, aiming to win the gold medal. Having taken the silver in the 1987 Pan Am Games, and the bronze in the 1988 Olympics, the USA was looking to re-establish its basketball dominance.

1989 USA RESULTS (6-0)

USA 126 Brazil 93
USA 108 Great Britain 67
USA 128 Poland 75
USA 104 Israel 79
USA 103 F. R. Germany 76
USA   88 USSR 80

1989 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (6-0) 9. Turkey (4-2)
2. Soviet Union (4-2) 10. Finland (3-3)
3. F. R. of Germany
(5-1)
11. Mexico (3-3)
4. Canada (3-3) 12. Gr. Britain (2-4)
5. Israel (4-2) 13. China (3-3)
6. Yugoslavia (4-2) 14. Poland (2-4)
7. Cuba (3-3) 15. Greece (1-5)
8. Brazil (1-5) 16. Japan (0-6)
The U.S. would accomplish this goal by compiling a 6-0 record and winning the gold at the 1989 World University Games. Keady's squad, which scored over 100 points in five of six games, finished the competition averaging 109.5 ppg., and finished with an average margin of victory of 31.2 points a game.

Opening with a key matchup against Brazil in the first round of pool play, the Americans got a measure of revenge for Brazil's 1987 upset of the U.S. in the Pan American finals by recording a one-sided 126-93 victory. 6'9' Larry Johnson, of Odessa Junior College (TX) as well as a future UNLV and NBA standout, scored 25 points in the U.S. win over Brazil, and 6'9' Mark Randall from Kansas scored 19 points in just over seven minutes of playing time to assist the American team to the win.

The following day, Johnson again led the team with 26 points as the U.S. rolled past Great Britain, 108-67. Karl Brown of Georgia Tech led the British team with 19 points. The USA finished its pool play with a 3-0 record after bettering Poland, 128-75, as Johnson dominated inside with 21 points and 13 rebounds. After recording a 104-79 win over Israel and a 103-76 win over West Germany in the semifinals, the United States earned a spot in the finals against the Soviet Union.

The USA trailed the Soviets by eight mid-way through the first half before rallying to post a seven-point halftime lead, 47-40. Led by Stephen Thompson's eight points, the USA went on a 14-4 run during the opening minutes of the second half and sailed on from there to knock off the Soviets 88-80 and capture the gold medal.

The victory gave the USA the gold medal for the first time since 1981. The Soviets returned home with the silver medal, while the Federal Republic of Germany took the bronze medal.

The USA team was led offensively by Syracuse University (NY) star Thompson who averaged 19.8 ppg. Also making strong contributions were Johnson, 16.3 ppg. and 11.0 rpg., and his future UNLV teammate Stacey Augmon, 11.0 ppg., as well as Iowa's Matt Bullard 10.5 ppg.

1989 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Victor Alexander
C
6-9
265
19
Iowa State Detroit, MI
Stacey Augmon
F
6-8
198
21
Nevada-Las Vegas Pasadena, CA
Matt Bullard
F
6-9
215
22
Iowa Des Moines, IA
Dale Davis
C
6-9
225
20
Clemson Toccoa, GA
Larry Johnson
F
6-9
240
20
Odessa J.C. Dallas, TX
Anthony Jones
G
6-3
190
21
Purdue Fort Wayne, IN
Lyndon Jones
G
6-1
192
20
Indiana Marion, IN
Travis Mays
G
6-2
175
21
Texas Ocala, FL
Mark Randall
F
6-9
230
21
Kansas Englewood, CO
Stephen Scheffler
C
6-9
257
21
Purdue Ada, MI
Steven Smith
G
6-6
192
20
Michigan State Detroit, MI
Stephen Thompson
F
6-6
185
20
Syracuse Los Angeles, CA
HEAD COACH: Gene Keady, Purdue University (IN)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (NY)
ASSISTANT COACH: Bob Chipman, Washburn University (KS)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Jim Nevins, San Diego, CA
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ralph Reiff, Butler University (IN)

1989 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Thompson 6
53- 95
.558
2- 7
.296
11- 19
.579
19/ 3.2
119/ 19.8
10
1
12
Johnson 6
36- 60
.600
0- 0
.000
26- 33
.788
66/11.0
98/ 16.3
16
5
18
Augmon 6
23- 50
.460
5- 9
.556
15- 17
.882
25/ 4.2
66/ 11.0
21
6
15
Bullard 6
20- 34
.588
11- 15
.733
12- 14
.857
18/ 3.0
63/ 10.5
6
9
6
Randall 6
22- 39
.564
4- 6
.667
10- 13
.769
24/ 4.0
58/ 9.7
7
3
8
Mays 6
21- 57
.368
11- 36
.306
3- 4
.750
5/ 0.8
56/ 9.3
12
2
8
Davis 6
22- 40
.550
0- 0
.000
3- 5
.600
39/ 6.5
47/ 7.8
6
7
8
A. Jones 6
14- 39
.359
8- 23
.348
3- 4
.750
9/ 1.5
39/ 6.5
20
1
12
Alexander 6
15- 28
.536
0- 0
.000
9- 12
.750
22/ 3.7
39/ 6.5
3
2
2
Scheffler 6
12- 15
.800
0- 0
.000
6- 10
.600
21/ 3.5
30/ 5.0
1
1
3
Smith 6
10- 18
.556
1- 12
.083
6- 8
.750
19/ 3.2
27/ 4.5
10
2
8
L. Jones 5
6- 10
.600
1- 2
.500
2- 3
.667
3/ 0.6
15/ 3.0
7
1
2
USA 6
254-485
.524
43-110
.391
106-142
.746
270/45.0
657/109.5
119
40
102
OPP. 6
177-367
.482
30- 74
.405
86-133
.647
188/31.3
470/ 78.3
106
11
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