USA Men Use Balanced Attack To Defeat Iran 94-47 At WUG

Aug. 12, 2005

Izmir, Turkey - Stanford's Matt Haryasz had 10 points while Chris Hernandez chipped in eight as the USA men's basketball team led from start to finish in a convincing 94-47 win over Iran in the first game of play at the Summer World University Games in Izmir, Turkey.

'I thought it was a great start for us and I thought that we played with great intensity for 40 minutes and everyone contributed at the level we want to play,' said USA head coach Jay Wright.

The USA's pressure defense forced 36 Iranian turnovers which led to numerous easy baskets, with the Americans connecting on 47.0 percent (34-71) of its shots from the field.

'I was very pleased with our defensive effort, no matter what the score was we kept a very intense effort each possession and I was proud of our guys for that,' Wright said.

Randy Foye opened the game with a jump shot and a layup as the USA bolted out to a 7-1 lead after a 3-point field goal by Gerry McNamara (Scranton, Pa./Syracuse) early in the first quarter. Foye later in the quarter put an exclamation on the start with an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Mike Gansey.

Foye, who was the flag bearer for the USA delegation at the opening ceremonies on Thursday, had six first quarter points as the Americans led 23-14 after one.

The USA continued to stretch its advantage as Vincent Grier had six second quarter points pushing the USA to a 44-24 halftime lead.

Iran opened the second half with a 5-0 run, only to have the USA answer back with a 23-4 run of its own to end the quarter, with the Americans on top 67-33. The streak included two 3-point field goals by Harayasz, USA's 6-11 center.

Behind Gansey, USA's bench put the finishing touch on the Iranians, outscoring them 27-14 in the fourth quarter.

The USA will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 13 with a 3 p.m. game against Slovakia at Ataturk Sports Hall.

courtesy of USA Basketball

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