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1997 USA Men's World University Games Team

NINETEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1997

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Trapani, Sicily, Italy • August 22-30, 1997

The 1997 USA Men's World University Games Team put on quite a display of strength as it toppled opponents by an average margin of victory of 44.0 points per contest and outrebounded opponents by a 21.4 rpg. margin, en route to a perfect 6-0 record and the gold medal in Sicily, Italy. The championship victory extended the USA's winning streak to 32 at the World University Games and marked the American's fifth consecutive gold medal at the Games.

1997 USA RESULTS (6-0)

USA 110 South Africa 32
USA   88 Great Britain 48
USA 120 Hong Kong 28
USA   94 South Korea 64
USA   67 Italy 51
USA   72 Canada 64

1997 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (6-0) 9. Lithuania (4-2)
2. Canada (5-1) 10. Czech Republic (3-3)
3. Brazil (5-1) 11. Finland (2-4)
4. Italy (4-2) 12. Japan (2-4)
5. S. Korea (4-2) 13. China (2-4)
6. Great Britain (3-3) 14. Russia (1-5)
7. Mexico (3-3) 15. Hong Kong (2-4)
8. Nigeria (2-4) 16. South Africa (0-6)

In a gold medal chase that was a total team effort, the U.S. finished with two players, Earl Boykins and Curtis Staples, scoring in double-figures, as they averaged 15.7 ppg. and 10.0 ppg., respectively. Six other Americans closed out the competition averaging no less than 7.0 ppg. apiece.

Grouped with Great Britain, Hong Kong and South Africa in preliminary play, the U.S. collegians rolled to an early 3-0 record to finish at the top of Group B, averaging 106.0 ppg., while holding its first three opponents to a paltry 36.0 ppg. average.

In its first contest, the U.S. easily disposed of South Africa 110-32 as Ansu Sesay tallied 19 points and Loren Woods recorded 18 points and a USA World University Games record 17 rebounds. Facing Great Britain next, the Americans earned an 88-48 victory, backed by 16 points from the 5-7 Boykins. Closing out preliminary play with a 120-28 trouncing of Hong Kong, Staples led the U.S. attack with 19 points.

Earning its 100th all-time victory at the World University Games, the USA defeated South Korea 94-64 in the quarterfinals. Trailing 10-4 with 16:09 left in the first period, Scott Padgett scored 10 points in a 17-3 run that put the USA in command, 21-13. The U.S. never relinquished its lead as it cruised to the 94-64 victory. Boykins led five U.S. players in double figures with 18 points.

Backed by Boykins' 17 points and six assists, the USA drove past host Italy 67-51 in semifinal action. With the win, the U.S. advanced to its seventh straight World University Games gold medal contest.

In a game that saw 11 lead changes and five tied scores, the U.S. squad, behind a game high 23 points from Boykins, edged Canada 72-64 for the gold medal.

The U.S. and Canada swapped leads through most of the first half, and with 3:41 left, Canada had slipped out to a 29-22 advantage. Boykins took over the game and scored nine straight points, with the help of two assists and a steal from Padgett, to put the U.S. in front 31-29 and the U.S. closed out the half with a two-point, 35-33, lead.

Following six lead changes and one tie to open the second half, Bryce Drew sank a three-pointer to knot the score at 48 apiece with 13:43 to go. Taking off on a 12-3 run, the USA jumped out in front 60-51 at 8:07. The Americans went on to earn the 72-64 decision and the gold medal. Brazil defeated Italy 77-69 in the bronze medal contest.

1997 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Earl Boykins
G
5-7
140
21
Eastern Michigan Cleveland, OH
Corey Brewer
G
6-2
190
22
Oklahoma West Memphis, AR
Greg Buckner
F
6-4
210
20
Clemson Hopkinsville, KY
Bryce Drew
G
6-3
185
22
Valparaiso Valparaiso, IN
Jerry Hester
F
6-6
194
22
Illinois Peoria, IL
Scott Padgett
F
6-9
227
21
Kentucky Louisville, KY
Michael Ruffin
F
6-8
235
20
Tulsa Englewood, CO
Ansu Sesay
F
6-9
220
21
Mississippi Houston, TX
Brian Skinner
C
6-10
235
21
Baylor Temple, TX
Curtis Staples
G
6-3
186
21
Virginia Roanoke, VA
Kenny Thomas
F
6-8
260
20
New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
Loren Woods
C
7-1
225
19
Wake Forest St. Louis, MO
HEAD COACH: Jim Molinari, Bradley University (IL)
ASSISTANT COACH: Dave Bliss, University of New Mexico
ASSISTANT COACH: Ritchie McKay, Portland State Univ. (OR)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Scott Farnsworth, Yavapai College (AZ)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Sandy Glasson, Van Atlantic Ortho (VA)

1997 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM
CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Boykins 6
38- 68
.559
7- 16
.438
11- 12
.917
14/ 2.3
94/ 15.7
20
0
8
Staples 6
22- 58
.379
11- 36
.306
5- 10
.500
19/ 3.2
60/ 10.0
4
2
9
Buckner 6
22- 47
.468
0- 8
.000
12- 14
.857
24/ 4.0
56/ 9.3
11
0
15
Drew 6
19- 43
.442
7- 23
.304
4- 6
.667
13/ 2.2
49/ 8.2
10
0
10
Brewer 6
15- 23
.652
1- 4
.250
17- 22
.773
15/ 2.5
48/ 8.0
8
0
14
Sesay 6
14- 27
.519
0- 4
.000
17- 23
.739
13/ 2.2
45/ 7.5
13
1
11
Skinner 6
19- 28
.679
0- 0
..---
6- 11
.545
43/ 7.2
44/ 7.3
2
16
8
Padgett 6
16- 37
.432
6- 20
.300
4- 5
.800
25/ 4.2
42/ 7.0
15
1
10
Thomas 6
14- 27
.519
1- 7
.143
9- 17
.529
27/ 4.5
38/ 6.3
2
3
12
Ruffin 6
13- 20
.650
0- 0
..---
4- 7
.571
37/ 6.2
30/ 5.0
3
5
3
Hester 4
10- 19
.526
1- 5
.200
4- 6
.667
11/ 2.8
25/ 6.3
2
1
4
Woods 4
6- 11
.545
0- 0
..---
8- 12
.667
23/ 5.8
20/ 5.0
0
3
0
USA 6
208-408
.510
34-123
.276
101-145
.697
280/ 46.7
551/ 91.8
90
32
104
OPP. 6
97-328
.296
39-145
.269
54- 96
.563
152/ 25.3
287/ 47.8
30
5
48

 

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