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2009 USA Men's World University Games Team

TWENTY-FIFTH WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES -- 2009

  • Date:
    Dec 2, 2011

Belgrade, Serbia • July 2-11, 2009

Despite stunning host and eventual gold medalist Serbia, the USA's quest for gold came up short by the slimmest of margins as a one-point loss to Russia in the semifnals prevented the Americans from playing for gold. Rebounding from the heartbreaking loss, the U.S. defeated Israel 91-80 to finish 6-1 and owners of the bronze medal.

2009 USA RESULTS (6-1)
USA
87
Finland 40
USA
113
South Korea 76
USA
108
Greece 77
USA
68
Serbia 66
USA
96
Bulgaria 66
Russia
69
USA 68
USA
91
Israel 80

2009 WORLD UNIV. GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1.
Serbia (6-1)
14.
Greece (2-4)
2.
Russia (6-2)
15.
Italy (2-4)
3.
USA (6-1)
16.
Portugal (1-5)
4.
Israel (6-2)
17.
Australia (4-2)
5.
Lithuania (7-1)
18.
Brazil (4-3)
6.
Turkey (5-2)
19.
Japan (2-4)
7.
Bulgaria (4-3)
20.
Mexico (3-3)
8.
Germany (2-5)
21.
Iran (2-4)
9.
Canada (4-2)
22.
South Korea (1-5)
10.
Finland (3-3)
23.
China (2-4)
11.
Ukraine (3-3)
24.
UAE (1-5)
12.
Latvia (2-4)
25.
South Africa (0-6)
13.
Romania (5-2)
 

Averaging 90.1 points a game, the U.S. squad posted a tournament leading average margin of victory of 22.4 points per game, outrebounded its opponents by 14 boards a game, while shooting 48.5 percent from the field and limiting its foes to a chilly 36.0 percent.

Led by University of Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, the squad opened play with a lopsided 87-40 victory over Finland as Craig Brackins and Corey Fisher led four players in double digits with 12 points each.

The U.S. outgunned South Korea 113-76 to close preliminary play. The effort, which saw all 12 team members score, was paced by James Anderson and Quincy Pondexter with 14 points apiece.

Deon Thompson scored 17 points as the U.S. assured itself of a medal quarterfinals berth with a 108-77 thumping of Greece in second round action.

After playing its first three games in small community gyms, the U.S. moved to Belgrade Arena to face host Serbia in its final second round game. In an exciting finish to a game that featured 14 lead changes, the USA remained perfect after edging host Serbia 68-66 as Talor Battle scored a team-high 17 points.

Hitting a USA World University Games record 16 3-pointers, the U.S. took down Bulgaria 96-66 in the quarterfinals. Every U.S. player scored and Pondexter led the attack with 15 points.

In the semifinal game, the USA saw its gold medal hopes slip away in the waning minutes after Russia outscored the U.S. 20-9 in the final stanza, including a three to go ahead in the final 23.3 seconds, for the 69-68 win. Fisher and Robbie Hummel led the USA's scoring effort with 14 points each.

In what is often the hardest game to play, the Americans entered the bronze medal contest knowing that even though the gold was out of reach, no USA Basketball squad had ever returned home from the WUGs without a medal and they weren't going to be the first. Lazar Hayward paced the USA with 14 points as the USA, which never trailed in the final three quarters, saw four players score in double digits in the 91-80 bronze medal victory over Israel.

2009 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
James Anderson
G/F
6-6
195
20
Oklahoma State Junction City, AR
Talor Battle
G
5-11
165
20
Penn State Albany, NY
Trevor Booker
F/C
6-7
240
21
Clemson Whitmire, SC
Craig Brackins
F
6-10
230
21
Iowa State Palmdale, CA
Da'Sean Butler
F
6-7
225
21
West Virginia Newark, NJ
Corey Fisher
G
6-1
200
21
Villanova Bronx, NY
Lazar Hayward
F
6-6
225
22
Marquette Buffalo, NY
Robbie Hummel
F
6-8
208
20
Purdue Valparaiso, IN
Quincy Pondexter
F
6-6
215
21
Washington Fresno, CA
Deon Thompson
F
6-8
245
20
North Carolina Torrance, CA
Evan Turner
G/F
6-7
205
20
Ohio State Chicago, IL
Jarvis Varnado
C/F
6-9
210
21
Mississippi State Brownsville, TN
HEAD COACH: Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin
ASSISTANT COACH: Frank Haith, University of Miami
ASSISTANT COACH: Rob Jeter, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Mark Hutchinson, University of Illinois-Chicago
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Jason Miller, Oklahoma State University

2009 USA MEN'S WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES TEAM
CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST BLK STL
Battle 7/3
25- 52
.481
13- 25
.520
9- 15
.600
14/ 2.0
72/10.3
13
1
6
Thompson 7/3
26- 49
.531
0- 0
.---
15- 24
.625
41/ 5.9
67/ 9.6
3
5
4
Hayward 7/3
26- 52
.500
4- 15
.267
9- 13
.692
39/ 5.6
65/ 9.3
7
2
3
Fisher 7/4
21- 50
.420
7- 27
.259
12- 17
.706
20/ 2.9
61/ 8.7
12
0
11
Butler 7/3
19- 39
.487
12- 22
.545
10- 14
.714
28/ 4.0
60/ 8.6
7
1
6
Pondexter 7/3
17- 36
.472
1- 6
.167
20- 27
.741
21/ 3.0
55/ 7.9
10
1
2
Hummel 7/3
20- 51
.392
6- 19
.316
5- 10
.500
39/ 5.6
51/ 7.3
16
3
6
Anderson 7/2
20- 38
.526
2- 8
.250
8- 15
.533
17/ 2.4
50/ 7.1
7
1
4
Brackins 7/3
18- 41
.439
5- 17
.294
5- 8
.625
42/ 6.0
46/ 6.6
5
3
1
Booker 7/2
17- 31
.548
0- 2
.000
9- 17
.529
30/ 4.3
43/ 6.1
7
8
4
Varnado 6/3
10- 14
.714
0- 0
.---
13- 18
.722
23/ 3.8
33/ 5.5
0
7
0
Turner 7/3
12- 23
.522
0- 1
.000
4- 5
.800
26/ 3.7
28/ 4.0
18
4
6
USA 7
231-476
.485
50-142
.352
119-183
.650
340/48.6
631/90.1
105
36
53
OPP. 7
173-480
.360
30-143
.210
98-145
.676
242/34.6
474/67.7
61
17
35

 


 

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