Boozer leads Team USA over Argentina

Former Juneau-Douglas High School star scores 18 points, grabs five rebounds

Posted: Monday, August 06, 2001

SAITAMA, Japan -- Duke teammates Carlos Boozer and Chris Duhon led the United States to an 84-71 victory over Argentina on Sunday at the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, scored 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Duhon finished with 17 as the Americans ran their record to 3-0 in the tournament for players under 21years old.

The United States sent Argentina to its first loss in the 12-nation tournament. The Americans will next play Japan on Tuesday.

Duhon hit a 3-pointer with just more than two minutes remaining to make it 82-67, putting the game out of reach.

"I got a lot of extra shots before the game," he said. "The ball just kept falling in for me, and hopefully I can keep it going the rest of the way."

These teams last met at the qualifying tournament in Brazil a year ago when Argentina won 92-77.

"We shot the ball well," said U.S. coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. "They might have been quicker to the ball, but we made most of our shots and that was the difference."

Boozer was especially strong after not playing much during Saturday's 128-73 win over South Korea. Boozer, who was one of 50 finalists named last week as preseason all-Americans, also grabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists. As a preseason all-American, Boozer is one of the finalists to win the John Wooden Award given college basketball's player of the year.

Illinois forward Brian Cook twisted his ankle early in the third quarter. He returned later in the quarter and scored a 3-pointer to give the United States a 70-61 lead entering the last period.

In other Group B games, Naor Matan was 4-for-5 from the 3-point line as undefeated Israel downed Croatia 82-70. Croatia dropped to 0-3.

Japan's Yuta Tabuse, a junior at Brigham Young-Hawaii, hit a jumper with 42 seconds left in the second overtime, giving the host country a 111-108 win over South Korea. It was Japan's first victory of the tournament.

In Group A, Slovenia held on for a 74-64 victory over Spain in a meeting of undefeated teams. Slovenia's Dragan Miletic hit two 3-pointers in the final period for the European champions.

"Slovenia is a great team," Spanish coach Francisco Garcia said. "They played great defense and our players just didn't make the shots they needed to make."

Egypt (1-2) got 29 points from Amir El-Fannon to record its first win, a 79-64 victory over winless Qatar.



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