Second Men's FIBA 22 and Under World Championship - 1997

SECOND MEN'S FIBA 22 & UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP - 1997

Melbourne, Australia - August 1-10, 1997


Despite the crushing disappointment of falling in the quarterfinals and thereby being eliminated from medal contention, the USA Men's 22 And Under World Championship squad rebounded to close out the 22 And Under World Championship with wins over Lithuania and Turkey to finish 6-2 and in fifth place.

1997 Under 22 World

Championship Team
1997 USA Under 22 World Championship Team


1997 USA RESULTS (6-2)
USA 95 Yugoslavia 75
USA 85 New Zealand 43
USA 107 China 39
Puerto Rico 74 USA 69
USA 90 Lithuania 66
Australia 81 USA 63
USA 71 Lithuania 66
USA 61 Turkey 58
1997 22 AND UNDER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. Australia (6-2)

7. Spain (4-4)
2. Puerto Rico (7-1) 8. Lithuania (2-6)
3. Yugoslavia (5-3) 9. S. Korea (3-4)
4. Argentina (5-3) 10. Egypt (1-6)
5. USA (6-2) 11. New Zealand (2-5)
6. Turkey (5-3) 12. China (0-7)

Host Australia earned the gold with an 88-73 defeat of Puerto Rico in the final game, while Yugoslavia topped Argentina 84-72 for the bronze.

The U.S. opened the competition in convincing fashion, beating eventual bronze medalist Yugoslavia 95-75 as Cory Carr scored 18 points.

The USA next disposed of New Zealand 85-43 as Mike Jones scored a team-high 14 points. The U.S., which led 40-31 at the half, limited New Zealand to only three second half field goals and just 12 points.

Recording its third consecutive win with ease, the Americans manhandled China 107-39. The USA effort was headed by Pat Garrity and Brad Miller who scored 14 points each.

The United States suffered its first loss when Puerto Rico rallied in the second half to collect a 74-69 win. Holding an eight point 43-35 lead at half, the U.S. still appeared in control with 9:30 to play holding a seven point lead, 59-52. But Puerto Rico ripped off 11 straight points to take control of the game 63-59 with 4:39 remaining and the USA was unable to regain the lead. The USA's effort was paced by Brad Miller who led the team with 13 points and added eight rebounds.

Garrity scored 13 of the United States' first 23 points and finished with a game high 20 points as the USA rebounded from the previous day's loss to close out its preliminary play with a 90-66 pounding of Lithuania.

The USA's hopes of repeating as the Men's 22 And Under World champions were ended when host Australia's strong second half doomed the USA squad to an 81-63 loss in the quarterfinals.

Leading the U.S. 38-34 at halftime, Australia took control of the game at the start of the second half. Recording a 13-0 run and holding the USA scoreless for the second half's first 4:27, Australia grabbed control 51-34. Despite a late rally by the U.S., which saw the Americans cut the gap to 54-48, the Aussies went on to earn the 81-63 victory. Garrity led the U.S. with a 19 points and 11 rebounds.

While the loss to Australia eliminated the U.S. from any chance at a medal and made a fifth place finish the best the Americans could hope for, the U.S. squad fought back to record a 71-66 victory over Lithuania. Garrity again paced the USA offense with a game high 16 points . The U.S., following a pair of Garrity baskets that broke a 51-51 deadlock late in the game, held off a determined Turkey squad to earn a 61-58 victory in its final contest. The balanced USA scoring attack was paced by Jones who finished with 15 points, while adding six rebounds, while Garrity had eight points and seven rebounds.

1997 USA Men's 22 and Under World Championship Roster

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Chad Austin G 6-2 200 22 Purdue Richmond, IN
Corey Brewer G 6-2 190 22 Oklahoma West Memphis, AR
Brian Cardinal F 6-8 230 20 Purdue Tolono, IL
Cory Carr G 6-4 200 21 Texas Tech Fordyce, AR
Mike Doleac C 6-11 269 20 Utah Portland, OR
Evan Eschmeyer C 6-11 240 22 Northwestern New Knoxville, OH
Pat Garrity F 6-9 225 20 Notre Dame Monument, CO
Sam Jacobson F 6-6 210 22 Minnesota Cottage Grove, MN
Mike Jones G 6-3 210 22 Texas Christian Oklahoma City, OK
Andre Miller G 6-2 204 20 Utah Los Angeles, CA
Brad Miller C 6-11 240 21 Purdue Kendalville, IN
Andrae Patterson F 6-8 235 21 Indiana Abilene, TX
HEAD COACH: Rick Majerus, University of Utah
ASSISTANT COACH: Jim Crews, University of Evansville (IN)
ASSISTANT COACH: Lorenzo Romar, Pepperdine University (CA)
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Larry Magee, University of Kansas
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Ron Laham, University of Massachusetts

1997 USA Men's 22 and Under World Championship Cumulative Statistics

NAME G
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AT
BK
ST
Garrity 8
41- 76
.539
7- 21
.333
5- 11
.455
36/ 4.5
94/ 11.8
3
4
4
Mike Jones 8
31- 70
.443
8- 18
.444
6- 6
1.000
28/ 3.5
76/ 9.5
17
3
6
Carr 8
28- 54
.519
12- 29
.414
5- 6
.833
23/ 2.9
73/ 9.1
12
3
10
Jacobson 8
24- 44
.545
14- 22
.636
3- 3
1.000
12/ 1.5
65/ 8.1
6
1
2
Doleac 8
24- 49
.490
0- 1
.000
14- 17
.824
37/ 4.6
62/ 7.8
7
3
1
Austin 8
16- 42
.381
5- 13
.385
13- 18
.722
21/ 2.6
50/ 6.3
28
0
4
B. Miller 8
17- 28
.607
0- 0
.000
15- 19
.789
34/ 4.3
49/ 6.1
10
2
5
A. Miller 8
18- 32
.563
1- 5
.200
11- 13
.846
22/ 2.8
48/ 6.0
39
2
7
Patterson 7
19- 32
.594
2- 2
1.000
1- 1
1.000
24/ 3.4
41/ 5.9
8
3
3
Brewer 8
10- 30
.333
0- 0
.000
15- 24
.625
14/ 1.8
35/ 4.4
15
1
9
Eschmeyer 8
10- 15
.667
0- 0
.000
11- 16
.688
20/ 2.5
31/ 3.9
2
2
0
Cardinal 7
8- 15
.533
0- 0
.000
1- 2
.500
11/ 1.6
17/ 2.4
4
0
2
USA 8
246-487
.505
49-111
.441
100-136
.735
308/ 38.5
641/ 80.1
151
24
53
OPP. 8
172-450
.382
48-138
.348
110-152
.724
245/ 30.6
502/ 62.8
85
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