Boozer scores record 29 to send USA into title game

Juneau-Douglas High grad grabs nine rebounds, blocks two shots in 95-90 victory over Argentina

Posted: Sunday, August 12, 2001

SAITAMA, Japan -- Former Juneau-Douglas High School star Carlos Boozer scored a Team USA single-game record 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds Saturday as the United States survived a late scare to advance to the finals of the World Basketball Championship for Young Men with a 95-90 victory over Argentina.

Behind Boozer's performance at Saitama Super Arena, the Americans moved on to today's finals where they will face Croatia.

"Argentina came at us real strong," said Boozer, who made 15 of 17 free throws including two critical shots with 30.4 seconds left to put Team USA up 93-90. "The big thing for us though was our success from the free-throw line and we played well defensively."

Boozer's 29 points were the most ever scored by an American in the history of the 21-and-under championships. Duke teammate Chris Duhon had 12 assists, also a U.S. record for this tournament.

"My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball, and I just did my best to go in and finish and be strong with it," said Boozer, who also blocked two

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