U.S. Pan Am Team Drops Opener To Uruguay 81-72 Wednesday
Dorsey scores two points in only five minutes of action.
July 25, 2007
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The United States team dropped an 81-72 decision in its Pan American Games opener Wednesday. University of Memphis' Joey Dorsey scored two points in only five minutes of action.
Team USA continues pool play on Thursday against Panama at 5:45 p.m. (CT).
The U.S. dominated Uruguay 40-29 on the glass, but the visitors shot 50.9 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from the arc. Team USA hit 41.3 percent from the floor, but managed only 14.3 percent (3-of-21 treys) from the three-point line.
D.J. White (Indiana) and Maarty Leunen (Oregon) each scored 14 points to lead the U.S. offense. White also grabbed a game-high nine boards. Uruguay's Esteban Batista led all scorers with 25 points.
The last time the U.S. dropped a game in Pan Am Games play and bounced back to win gold was in 1955. That U.S. squad posted a 4-1 record and took home the gold.