Baron Davis Helps Lead USA Men's Basketball Team To Gold Medal at Goodwill
Sept. 10, 2001
Baron Davis, who from 1997-99 was a standout guard for UCLA, helpedlead the USA Men's Basketball team to the Gold Medal at the Goodwill Games,beating Argentina, 91-63 in the championship game on Sunday (Sept. 9).
Davis, now a Charlotte Hornet star who started every game for the 5-0U. S squad, in the final against Argentina, played 22 minutes, andcontributed 11 points, five assists and one steal.
It was the USA's second victory over Argentina at the Goodwill Games, alsowinning 97-67 in preliminary play on Sept. 4. Argentina advanced to thechampionship game by beating host Australia, 69-63, in the other semi-finalgame on Saturday. In Sunday's Bronze medal game, Brazil bounced back tobeat host Australia, again in overtime, 94-93.
The U. S. squad, comprised of young NBA standouts, advanced toSunday's final by beating Brazil, 106-98 in overtime, in a semi-finalcontest on Saturday (Sept. 8).
Against Brazil, the score was tied 90-90 in the final seconds ofregulation and Brazil had the basketball. Following a timeout, Brazil guardDementrius Ferraciu dribbled upcourt looking for the game-winning shot. ButDavis' defensive tactics did not allow Ferraciu to get off a shot and hedribbled the ball out of bounds with 0.7 seconds left in regulation. USAoutscored Brazil 16-8 in overtime to seal the win.
'I knew he wanted to go left, so I just really jumped on his left sideand forced him to the baseline and I knew I was quick enough to cut himoff,' Davis said.
In the win over Brazil, Davis started and played 35 minutes, with 11points, three assists, one blocked shot and five steals.
Along with its unbeaten 5-0 record, the U. S. squad averaged 107.4points a game and had an average margin of victory of 36.2 points.
The USA has now captured Gold in back-to-back Goodwill Games, havingalso won in New York at the 1998 Games, with a thrilling 93-85 overtime winover Australia. The USA has medaled in every Goodwill Games competition andin the process currently boasts an overall win-loss record of 24-6 (80.0winning percentage). The USA captured Gold in 1998 and 1986, Silver in 1990and Bronze in 1994. All four of those Goodwill Games' teams were comprisedof college players.