Aug. 26, 2005
(From USA Basketball)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Guard Lynn Greer (Dynamo Moscow-Russia/Temple '02) made three free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift the USA (2-0) to a 96-94 upset victory over favorite Brazil (1-1) Thursday afternoon in FIBA Americas Men's World Championship Qualifying Tournament action in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Charlie Bell (Leche Rio-Spain/ Michigan State '01) led the USA attack with 20 points.
Next up for the United States is a 4:30 p.m. (ET) clash Friday against Canada (0-1). Canada fell 100-91 to Venezuela (1-1) Thursday in its first preliminary game. The 10-team tournament, which is being held Aug. 24-Sept 4, will qualify the top four finishing teams (in addition to Argentina who has already qualified by virtue of winning the 2004 Olympics) for the 2006 FIBA World Championship that is being held in Japan (Aug.19-Sept. 3, 2006).
"I've been in that situation one time before, in the Atlantic 10 Conference championship against George Washington. I made three free throws with about one second left to win the game," remarked Greer about the last second heroics. "The guy guarding me beat me to the spot so I tried to pull up and he fouled me."
"We were just telling them that whoever had the ball to try and drive the ball as far as you could and try to get shot," said USA head coach Mo McHone on his last second plan. "We were just playing. We didn't try to run any set or any motion, with 6.4 (seconds) left you don't have a lot of time and fortunately Lynn went down and made a big play.
"I thought it was a great game. This is the fourth time we've played each other in about 10 days so both teams knew each other. We finally got the break at the end of the game and Lynn stepped up and made the shots and it was just one of those games where whoever makes the play at the very end wins and we happened to have the ball and were fortunate.
"I was really proud of the fact that we were down seven with three minutes to go and we just held tight and we made some big shots," continued McHone. "I think the most important thing was Aaron (McGhee) and Tang (Hamilton) were rebounding, fighting their big guys and I was so proud of the way they were hustling. I thought we had about three minute run where it was straight guts. The guys we're playing on emotion and guts and for us to pull it out is just a wonderful thing."
After leading the majority of the first two quarters and ahead 46-43 at halftime, the U.S. found itself trailing for much of the third and fourth quarters.
Bruin great Tyus Edney (Lottomatica Roma-Italy/UCLA '95), starting for the U. S. at point guard, played 25 minutes, with nine points (3-6, 1-1, 202), two rebounds and three assists.
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