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1967 USA Men's World University Games Team

SIXTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 1967

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Tokyo, Japan • August 28 - September 3, 1967

In 1967, the USA men's team journeyed to Tokyo, Japan, looking to defend its 1965 World University Games gold medal. The strong USA team, coached by Michigan State mentor John Benington, featured five players from the 1967 USA Pan American Games squad that had captured the gold earlier in Canada.

1967 USA RESULTS (7-0)

USA 79 Philippines 53
USA 108 Belgium 48
USA 120 Thailand 46
USA 135 Hong Kong 28
USA 92 South Korea 63
USA 114 Japan 38
USA 91 Brazil 38
1967 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS
1. United States (7-0) 5. Philippines
2. South Korea 6. Belgium
3. Brazil 7. Thailand
4. Japan 8. Hong Kong

The U.S. efforts were aided in the hunt for the gold by a boycott by all communist countries which left the 1967 field significantly weakened. Regardless, the USA men compiled a 7-0 record and in the process earned the United States' second World University Games basketball gold medal.

The USA had little trouble capturing its second straight gold medal, winning its seven games by an average margin of 60.7 points. The Americans for the first time averaged over 100 points a game as the U.S. scored 105.6 points a game on offense, while allowing just 44.9 points on defense.

Mike Silliman, captain of the team, led the USA's balanced scoring attack averaging 15.1 ppg. The USA's capturing of the gold was truly a team effort as every member of the squad scored in six out of the seven games played.

The USA opened with a 79-53 victory over the Philippines, a game that would eventually prove to be the USA's closest decision of the tourney, as Silliman scored a team-high 23 points. The USA followed up with a 108-48 win over Belgium and Silliman again led the U.S. with 28 points.

Thailand fell to the American delegation 120-46 as 6'3' Jo Jo White led the U.S. offensive assault with 18 points. The Americans manhandled Hong Kong as Butch Beard poured in 26 points in the 135-28 thrashing. Wes Unseld scored 16 in a 92-63 romp over South Korea, and Larry Miller dumped in 20 points to help lift the U.S. to a 114-38 crushing of Japan.

With its perfect 6-0 record on the line, the USA advanced to the gold medal game against Brazil. Behind Unseld's 19 points, the U.S. handily defeated Brazil 91-38. Beard and Silliman chipped in 13 points apiece in the American effort.

With the final triumph, the U.S. was 15-0 and two-for-two in the World University Games. South Korea ended the '67 tournament with the silver and Brazil returned home with the bronze medal.

 

1967 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Butch Beard
G
6-3
180
21
Louisville Hardensburg, KY
Russ Critchfield
G
5-10
150
21
California Salinas, CA
Lloyd (Sonny) Dove
F
6-7
188
23
St. John's Springfield Gardens, NY
Mal Graham
G
6-0
180
22
New York White Plains, NY
Larry Miller
G
6-4
215
20
North Carolina Chateu, PA
Richard Nieman
C
7-1
220
22
St. Louis St. Louis, MO
Craig Raymond
C
6-11
225
22
Brigham Young Riverton, UT
Michael Silliman
F
6-6
230
23
U.S. Military Acad. Louisville, KY
Stephen Sullivan
F
6-8
200
20
Georgetown Paint Lick, KY
Floyd Theard
G
6-2
175
22
Kentucky State Chicago, IL
Wes Unseld
F
6-8
240
21
Louisville Louisville, KY
Joseph (Jo Jo) White
G
6-3
190
20
Kansas St. Louis, MO
HEAD COACH: John Benington, Michigan State University
ASSISTANT COACH: John McLendon, Cleveland State College (OH)
CHIEF OF MISSION: Ross Merrick (AHAPER)
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tony Pianowski, Cleveland, OH

1967 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
PTS/AVG
Michael Silliman 7 43- 20-
106/ 15.1
Butch Beard 7 39- 8-
86/ 12.3
Russ Critchfield 7 37- 5-
79/ 11.3
Mal Graham 7 33- 6-
72/ 10.3
Larry Miller 7 28- 8-
64/ 9.1
Wes Unseld 7 31- 2-
64/ 9.1
Joseph White 7 28- 6-
62/ 8.9
Richard Nieman 7 19- 14-
52/ 7.4
Stephen Sullivan 7 25- 2-
52/ 7.4
Lloyd Dove 7 19- 6-
44/ 6.3
Floyd Theard 7 20- 3-
43/ 6.1
Craig Raymond 7 5- 5-
15/ 2.1
USA TOTALS 7 327- 85-
739/105.6
OPP. TOTALS 7
314/ 44.9

 

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