USA Drops Pan American Games Men's Basketball Opener
July 25, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Esteban Batista tallied a game-high 25 points and Nicolas Mazzarino added 21 points to lead Uruguay past the United States 81-72 in the Pan American Games opener for both teams, Wednesday.
The Americans were led by 14 points each from D.J. White and Maarty Leunen. The USA led 38-37 at halftime, but was outscored 26-20 in the third quarter and trailed 63-58 heading into the final stanza.
Uruguay led the United State 72-69 with 3:47 to play before closing the game with a 9-3 run on the strength of six points from Batista.
The United States will continue Group B play with a 3:45 p.m. PDT game, Thursday against Panama. ESPN Deportes will air the game live with pregame coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.