The United States broke an 18-year gold medal drought by beating Greece, 88-80, yesterday to win the FIBA under-19 world basketball championships.
Kansas' Tyshawn Taylor had 18 points and five steals to lead the United States to its first victory at the world junior tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, since it claimed the gold medal in Canada in 1991. The United States is coached by Pitt's Jamie Dixon.
The teams were tied, 19-19, after the first quarter but the United States pulled away with an outstanding defensive performance in the second period, outscoring Greece, 27-11, to lead 46-30 at halftime. Greece pulled within 60-51 at the end of the third quarter but 3-pointers from Klay Thompson of Washington State and Pitt's Ashton Gibbs allowed the Americans to maintain their cushion in the final period. Gibbs finished with 13 points.