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1993 USA Men's World University Games Team

SEVENTEENTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1993

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Buffalo, New York • July 8-17, 1993

Assembling some of college basketball's most promising talents, U.S. Air Force mentor Reggie Minton led the U.S. to a 7-0 record and the World University Games gold medal in 1993.

1993 USA RESULTS (7-0)
USA 122 Gabon 55
USA 107 Estonia 59
USA   93 Ireland 64
USA 103 Italy 73
USA 106 Croatia 65
USA 129 China 91
USA   95 Canada 90

1993 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (7-0) 12. Greece (2-5)
2. Canada (5-2) 13. South Korea
3. China (5-2) 14. Turkey (4-3)
4. Italy (4-3) 15. Switzerland (2-5)
5. Czech Rep. (5-2) 16. Hong Kong (0-7)
6. Israel (3-4) 17. Finland (5-1)
7. Croatia (4-3) 18. Latvia (3-3)
8. Ireland (2-5) 19. Japan (2-4)
9. Great Britain (5-2) 20. Lebanon (1-5)
10. Estonia (4-3) 21. Gabon (2-4)
11. Sweden (4-3) 22. Morocco (0-6)
 
 

The USA opened the 22-team tournament with a 122-55 thrashing of Gabon. The USA's only problem versus Gabon was a uniform mix-up which delayed the start of the game for approximately an hour and forced the U.S. team to play the first half wearing blue tee-shirts with numbers in red tape on their backs. The mix-up had little effect on the U.S. as the Americans stormed to a 122-55 victory as Donald Williams scored 18 points. Two days later, the USA recorded a 107-59 pounding of Estonia. Michael Finley led the U.S. offensive charge with 17 points.

The USA cruised through the medal qualifying round posting victories over Ireland, 93-64, Italy 103-73, and Croatia, 106-65. The U.S. crew used a balanced scoring attack that saw every player score in each of the three games. Richard Scott checked in as the USA's leading scorer with 21 versus Ireland, while Eric Piatkowski's 19 points took top honors against Italy, and Carlos Rogers tallied 20 points versus Croatia.

Meeting China in the semifinals, just as had been the case in five of the USA's first six games, the Americans opened an early lead and cruised to the 129-91 victory in impressive fashion. The USA again received a balanced scoring effort as 11 of the 12 USA players scored, including six in double figures. Sharone Wright led the U.S. with 17 points, while Kentucky's star point guard Travis Ford, who missed the prior game because of a knee injury, added 16 points. The win bolstered the American's record to 6-0 and secured a position in the next day's gold medal tilt versus Canada.

The USA's perfect record and aspirations for a gold medal nearly came to an end as an inspired Canadian team forced the Americans to mount a second-half comeback before the U.S. earned a 95-90 win.

Controlling the entire first half, Canada led by 17 points, 41-24, with 3:48 to go in the first half, however, the U.S. managed to cut the Canadian's lead to 12, 52-40, by halftime.

Trailing 59-50 with 16:43 to play, the U.S., behind five points from captain Damon Stoudamire, went on a 16-0 scoring run to regain the lead, 66-59 with 12:50 to play. The U.S. went on to lead by as many as 10 points, but Canada rallied to cut the lead to one 87-86 with 2:48 to play. However, an Ed O'Bannon basket was followed by a jumper from Finley and the U.S. was back in front by five, 91-86. Canada cut the lead to three, 91-88 with 1:48 to play, but the USA's Stoudamire countered with a basket with 1:21 left to push the U.S. lead back to five and the USA managed to hold off the Canadians from there for the 95-90 victory and the gold medal.

1993 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Michael Finley
F
6-7
192
20
Wisconsin Maywood, IL
Travis Ford
G
5-9
160
23
Kentucky Madisonville, KY
Antonio Lang
F
6-8
205
20
Duke Mobile, AL
Ed O'Bannon
F
6-8
215
20
UCLA Lakewood, CA
Eric Piatkowski
F
6-7
215
22
Nebraska Rapid City, SD
Shawn Respert
G
6-3
186
21
Michigan State Detroit, MI
Carlos Rogers
C
6-11
210
22
Tennessee State Detroit, MI
Richard Scott
F
6-7
215
21
Kansas Little Rock, AR
Damon Stoudamire
G
5-10
156
19
Arizona Portland, OR
Jeff Webster
F
6-8
220
22
Oklahoma Midwest City, OK
Donald Williams
G
6-2
183
20
North Carolina Garner, NC
Sharone Wright
C
6-10
260
20
Clemson Macon, GA
HEAD COACH: Reggie Minton, U.S. Air Force Academy (CO)
ASSISTANT COACH: Bob Huggins, University of Cincinnati (OH)
ASSISTANT COACH: Rod Baker, University of California-Irvine
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Harrick, University of California-Los Angeles
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Brock Schnebel, Oklahoma City, OK
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tony Harris, Detroit Pistons

1993 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
Rogers 7
38- 54
.704
0- 3
.000
11- 20
.550
34/ 4.9
87/ 12.4
6
10
5
Respert 7
27- 52
.519
13- 24
.542
18- 21
.857
15/ 2.1
85/ 12.1
10
1
8
Finley 7
27- 52
.519
8- 17
.471
18- 19
.947
31/ 4.4
80/ 11.4
22
4
7
Wright 7
30- 41
.732
0- 1
.000
15- 20
.750
32/ 4.6
75/ 10.7
1
14
1
Scott 7
28- 38
.737
0- 0
.000
16- 27
.593
35/ 5.0
72/ 10.3
9
6
5
Piatkowski 7
28- 50
.560
8- 16
.500
4- 4
1.000
22/ 3.1
68/ 9.7
8
0
7
Stoudamire 7
25- 43
.581
9- 19
.474
5- 7
.714
18/ 2.6
64/ 9.1
42
0
15
Williams 7
25- 54
.463
5- 17
.294
5- 5
1.000
3/ 1.9
60/ 8.6
13
0
9
O'Bannon 7
24- 38
.632
0- 3
.000
11- 14
.786
31/ 4.4
59/ 8.4
10
3
5
Webster 7
17- 31
.548
0- 1
.000
5- 7
.714
29/ 4.1
39/ 5.6
1
5
1
Ford 6
10- 27
.370
4- 17
.235
13- 14
.929
20/ 3.3
37/ 6.2
24
2
7
Lang 6
10- 15
.667
1- 2
.500
8- 13
.615
22/ 3.7
29/ 4.8
2
2
5
Team  
 
 
24/ 3.4
USA 7
289-495
.584
48-120
.400
129-171
.754
316/ 45.1
755/107.9
148
47
75
OPP. 7
199-474
.420
30- 97
.309
69-109
.633
205/ 29.3
497/ 71.0
61
7
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