USA Tops Germany 72-62 at World University Games

Foye has 10 points and six rebounds; U.S. finishes pool play with 3-0 record

Randy Foye had 10 points and six rebounds in the U.S. victory over Germany on Sunday afternoon.

Randy Foye had 10 points and six rebounds in the U.S. victory over Germany on Sunday afternoon.

Aug. 14, 2005

IZMIR, Turkey - In the final game of pool play, the United States (3-0) defeated Germany (2-1) 72-62 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the U.S. squad finishes pool play with an undefeated record, and will now move on to play in the preliminary second round. The team's next game will be on Tuesday against China at 5:15 p.m. local time (10:15 a.m. EST).

The USA, led by Villanova head coach Jay Wright, received 10 points and six rebounds from Wildcat guard Randy Foye (Newark, N.J.). Foye was 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, and also contributed two assists and a steal.

Shelden Williams (Duke) and Craig Smith (Boston College) scored 20 points apiece to lead the U.S., which shot just 3-of-20 from three-point range. After being saddled with foul trouble in the first half, Smith scored all 20 of his points in the final two periods.

"That was a great international basketball game, they are a very well coached team and are big and strong and play well together," said USA and Villanova University (Pa.) head coach Jay Wright. "I was impressed with our guts down the stretch. We came up with a lot of big stops to win the game."

After leading by as many as 11 points in the second quarter, the USA saw Germany cut the lead to only one point, 58-57, after two free throws by Gordon Geib with 3:40 remaining.

Over the next three minutes, Smith and Williams took turns providing the spark for the USA offense. Smith scored six points, and Williams, four, as the USA went on a 10-4 run and stretched its lead back to 68-58 after a driving shot by Williams with 51 seconds to play.

Germany, which ended pool play with a 2-1 mark, scored only four points over the final 2:50. Geib and Sascha Leutluff each had 16 points to lead the Germans.

"I liked that for us because we have not had a game like that," said Wright of the tight contest. "They certainly gave us everything we could handle and its great to be in that atmosphere, that's what pool play is for. Win or lose it would have been a great learning experience for us."

Leading 33-23 at halftime, the USA opened up a 48-35 lead after a three-point play by Smith with 3:51 to play in the third quarter.

Germany rallied to close the quarter on an 11-3 run and trailed 51-46 going to the final period.

Trailing 22-21 after a basket by Germany's Leutluff with 6:58 to play in the second quarter, the USA closed the half on a 12-1 run. Fueled by Williams, who had eight points in the run, the Americans led 33-23 at halftime.

Playing his most extended minutes of the Games, Williams had 12 first half points, connecting on all five of his field goal attempts.

"We knew Germany was going to be the hardest team in our pool and are a very physical team so that we had to bring our `A' game," said Williams, who also led the USA with nine rebounds. "We have to look at this game as a big test and hopefully we can keep learning what to do each day."

Germany had as much as a five-point lead in the first quarter, leading 13-8 after a driving layup by Geib with 4:35 to play in the first.

Behind a staunch defense, the USA scored the final six points of the quarter and led 14-13 after one frame.

The game on Tuesday with China will be a long-awaited rematch between the two countries. In 2001 it was China that ended the USA's 46-game World University Games winning streak in the semifinals by a score of 83-82. With the win over Germany, the USA has now won 49 of its last 50 games in World University Games play.

"I have seen them, they have a good team," Wright said of the Chinese. "They have good size, they shoot the ball well and it should be a good game. We know they will be fired up to play the U.S."

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