Sept. 4, 2001
Baron Davis, a two-year point guard standout for the Bruins from 1997-99 and now a star with the Charlotte Hornets, has helped lead Team USA to a 2-0 record in the men's basketball competition at the Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia.
On Tuesday (Sept. 4), Team USA beat Argentina 97-67 and on Monday (Sept. 3), the American men set a Goodwill Games record with their 74-point victory over Mexico, 132-58.
In the win over Argentina, Davis contributed 13 points and nine assists and in the opening victory over Mexico, he had 10 points and a USA single-game record 12 assists.
The U. S. men wrap up preliminary play Wednesday vs. Cuba (0-2). The game will be televised live by TNT. After a two-day break, play resumes Saturday, Sept. 8 with semifinals and the bronze and gold medal games are slated for Sunday, Sept. 9.
The eight-team Goodwill Games men's basketball field includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, New Zealand and the U. S. The USA is in Pool A with Argentina, Cuba and Mexico, while Pool B consists of Australia, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand. Each team plays a round-robin competition within its group (three games each). The two top teams from each group advance to the medal round, while the remaining teams play a classification round to determine fifth through eighth place.
The USA men's team is the defending Goodwill Games champion, having won the gold in New York at the 1998 Games with a thrilling 93-85 overtime win over Australia. The USA men have medaled in all four prior Goodwill Games, capturing gold in 1998 and 1986, silver in 1990 and bronze in 1994. All four of those USA men Goodwill Games teams were comprised of college players (the 2001 squad is comprised of NBA players).