Boozer scores seven as U.S. beats Slovenia

Posted: Friday, August 10, 2001

SAITAMA, Japan -- Duke's Chris Duhon and Iowa's Reggie Evans scored 17 points each today, sending the unbeaten United States past Slovenia 110-83 and into the semifinals of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men.

The Americans won their sixth straight game and will play Argentina on Saturday in the 12-nation tournament for players under 21. Team USA is the only unbeaten team left in the tourney.

Duke's Carlos Boozer, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in limited action. Boozer, Team USA's leading scorer, was in foul trouble early in the game and scored all of his points during an 18-4 run late in the first half that gave the Americans a 52-34 lead with 3 minutes, 55 seconds left in the half.

In today's other quarterfinals, it was a round of upsets as the higher-seeded teams all fell. The Dominican Republic beat Israel 91-72, Croatia beat Spain 83-67 and Argentina knocked off Australia 75-64. The Dominican Republic will play Croatia in the other semifinal Saturday.

Duhon was 3-for-6 from the 3-point line. He scored 10 points in the third quarter as the United States opened a 79-62 lead.

"I think he's just starting to realize what he can do," U.S. coach Jim Boeheim of Syracuse said. "I had Jason (Williams) last summer and he reminds me a lot of him."

The United States led 54-41 at the half. Evans scored 10 points in the first half and Nick Collison of Kansas added nine.

All 12 Americans scored today, with six players finishing in double figures. Besides Evans and Duhon with 17 points, UCLA's Jason Kapono scored 14 points, Collison had 13 points and four steals, Jameer Nelson of St. Josephs had 11 points and six assists, and Brian Cook of Illinois scored 10 points, grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and made three assists coming off the bench.

"Most teams are going to have their starting five and one or two guys coming off the bench. But we have a starting 12," Kapono said of Team USA's depth. "There's five guys that start, but then our bench players are so strong that teams just can't match our 12 guys because we're so talented and playing so well."

The United States beat Argentina 84-71 in the preliminary round.

"Argentina played well today and tomorrow will be a tough game, by far our toughest yet," Boeheim said.

Carlos Delfino scored seven points in the final two minutes as Argentina beat defending champion Australia. Federico Kammerichs had 21 points for Argentina, which held the Aussies to eight points in the third quarter.

"Argentina is a great defensive team," Australia coach Ian Stacker said. "They don't give you many uncontested shots but our shooting percentages were bad and that was the difference."

Luis Flores scored 22 points and Yack Martinez had 17 rebounds as the Dominican Republic upset Israel. Croatia got 17 points each from Zoran Planinic and Mario Stojic.

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