Streaming Flashback: 2000 USA Men's National Team Downs USA Select Team Behind Vince Carter's 24 Points
USA Basketball is streaming select nation team exhibition contests every Tuesday (women) and Thursday (men) through July 9. This week’s men’s national team exhibition re-air is from Sept. 2, 2000, when Vince Carter led the USA National Team to a 111-74 victory over a USA Basketball Select Team of collegians. The game will be streamed 8 p.m. EDT on USA Basketball Twitter and Facebook pages and USAB.com. Select Team leading scorer Jason Richardson will recall his favorite memories from the match-up against the 2000 Olympic gold medalist team.
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Hand-picking the coaches and players for the USA Men's Select Team, the USA Basketball Men's Collegiate Committee, chaired by then University of Virginia athletic director Terry Holland, selected many of college basketball's top returning players to make up the 2000 USA Select Team that trained and then competed against the USA Basketball Men's National Team in an NBC nationally televised game on Sept. 2, 2000, in Honolulu.
The 2000 USA Men's Select Team was coached by St. John's University (N.Y.) head mentor Mike Jarvis and assisted by University of Cincinnati (Ohio) head coach Bob Huggins.
Arriving in Maui on the evening of Aug. 27, the Select team trained Aug. 28 -Sept. 1 and conducted several scrimmages against the USA National Team prior to facing the eventual 2000 Olympic team in the Sept. 2 exhibition game.
The USA National Team handed the USA Select Team a 111-74 loss in an action filled contest at the University of Hawaii Stan Sheriff Center in front of 8,980 fans. Leading by only 10 points at the half after the select team's Jason Richardson poured in 19 first half points, the USA National Team behind a game high 24 points (10-10 FGs) from Vince Carter dominated the second half with its high-octane running game and posted a 111-74 victory.
"It was a very competitive game," commented USA National Team head coach Rudy Tomjanovich. "We had some miscues on our press, and Richardson wound up with some great shots. But we really picked it up on the defensive end in the second half, and I thought that was the difference."
The National Team scored the game's first four points and opened up a 12-3 lead at the 17:45 mark on the strength of five consecutive points from Tim Hardaway. But the USA Select Team, behind eight points from Richardson, outscored the national team 16-9 over the game's next 5:03 and trailed by only two, 21-19, at the 12:42 mark. The national squad managed to pull away and led 30-21 with 9:44 remaining, but the USA Select team answered again and cut the lead to four, 32-28, on a basket by Jason Williams at the 7:10 mark. The USA National Team closed out the half by outscoring the collegians 17-11 and went into the locker room with a 49-39 halftime advantage.
"I told my guys after the game that they probably played against what, in my eyes, is one of the best teams that the U.S. will ever send to the Olympics," said Jarvis. "They are just a great, great basketball team and they're only going to get better and better."
Making a sizzling 24-of-39 shots (80.0%) in the second half, Tomjanovich's team quickly made the first half a faded memory as they outscored the collegians 62-35 in the second stanza. The USA National Team continued its fastbreak game until the final horn and in the process earned the 111-74 win.
Joining Carter in double figures for the U.S. were Ray Allen with 17 points; Shareef Abdur-Rahim with 11 points; Antonio McDyess with 11 points; and Vin Baker with 10 points. McDyess was also the game's leading rebounder with nine boards.
Shooting 63.6% (42-66 FGs) overall from the floor, including 9-of-17 from 3-point (52.9%), the USA National Team limited the U.S. collegians to just 36.3% shooting overall. Also outrebounding the Select Team 47-30, the U.S. defensive pressure forced the Select squad into committing 22 turnovers.
For the Select Team, Williams tallied 15 points and Terence Morris added 11 to join Richardson in the double figures scoring column.
|Shane Battier||F||6-8||215||21||2001||Duke / Birmingham, MI|
|Cory Bradford||G||6-2||200||21||2002||Illinois / Memphis, TN|
|Nick Collison||F||6-9||240||19||2003||Kansas / Iowa Falls, IA|
|Joe Forte||G||6-4||185||19||2003||North Carolina / Greenbelt, MD|
|Casey Jacobsen||G||6-6||205||19||2003||Stanford / Glendora, CA|
|Ken Johnson||C||6-11||225||22||2001||Ohio State / Detroit, MI|
|Terence Morris||F||6-9||205||21||2001||Maryland / Frederick, MD|
|Troy Murphy||F||6-10||237||20||2002||Notre Dame / Morristown, NJ|
|Jason Richardson||G/F||6-6||210||19||2003||Michigan State / Saginaw, MI|
|Jamal Tinsley||G||6-3||175||22||2001||Iowa State / Brooklyn, NY|
|Jason Williams||G||6-2||190||18||2003||Duke / Plainfield, NJ|
Arizona / Chicago, IL
Mike Jarvis, St. John's University (N.Y.)
Bob Huggins, University of Cincinnati (Ohio)
|USA Select Team||39||35||74|
|USA National Team||49||62||111|