Low's 13 Points Lifts USA Over Argentina at Pan American Games

July 27, 2007

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - Washington State's Derrick Low poured in 13 points and Dewayne White, Jr. added 22 points as the United States defeated Argentina, 74-71, in Group B play of the men's basketball competition at the Pan American Games, Friday.

After limited playing time in the opening two games, Low started for the USA (1-2) and finished the day 5-for-7 from the field, including 3-for-4 from beyond the three-point arc in nearly 28 minutes of action. After starting the previous two contests, his teammate Kyle Weaver did not play in the game.

Argentina's loss marked the first of the Pan American Games for the team, which fell to 2-1. The Argentines, who led by as many as nine points in the second quarter, were led by 21 points and seven rebounds from Roman Gonzalez who went 9-for-10 from the field.

The Americans jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first quarter, and did not trail until a 14-4 run by the Argentineans resulted in a nine-point lead for Argentina with four minutes to play in the half. A 10-1 run of its own for the USA tied the game at 36 at the half.

Having never trailed in the second half, the United States built up a 10-point lead with three minutes to go in the third period.

In the final two minutes of the game, Argentina cut a six-point deficit to two on four-straight points by Patricio Prato. With 20 seconds to play and the USA leading by two points, Martin Leiva fouled the USA's Richard Dorsey, bringing him to the free throw line for two attempts.

Dorsey hit the first, but missed the second, giving the United States a 74-71 lead with 20 seconds remaining. A last-second three pointer by Facundo Sucazty didn't go for Argentina as the USA held on for the 74-71 victory.

The United States will move on to play in a men's classification 5-8 game, Saturday at either 4:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. PDT. Depending on the outcome of tomorrow's game, the USA will play for either fifth or sixth or in the seventh-eighth place game, Sunday.

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