AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Ole Miss rising sophomore Terrico White is competing with the United States U19 national men's basketball team for the next two weeks at the FIBA U19 World Championships. Here at OleMissSports.com, we will keep you up to date on the team's progress and Terrico's play along the way. Return to this page for updates through the July 12 gold medal game.
Terrico made the team of 12 talented players 19 and younger following the June 16-18 trials at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2009 SEC Freshman of the Year became the next in a growing line of Team USA Basketball participants from Ole Miss, which includes Ansu Sesay, Keith Carter, Justin Reed and Rod Barnes. Terrico hopes to help lead the U.S. to its first world championship in the U19 division since 1991 (around the time most of the current team members were born).
July 12, 2009
Team USA (9-0) won its first gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championships since 1991, with the U.S. claiming an 88-80 win over Greece (6-3) in Sunday's championship game. Terrico contributed to a balanced attack with 9 points (4-of-6 from the field), a block and a steal in 14 minutes. Terrico capped an impressive 16-1 U.S. run at the start of the second quarter with a fast-break basket and three-pointer on consecutive possessions. Tyshawn Taylor led with 18 points for the Red, White and Blue. Ashton Gibbs added 13 points, Klay Thompson and Arnett Moultrie with 10 apiece, and Seth Curry with 9. Fellow SEC players Darius Miller (8) and Howard Thompkins (6) also played key roles in the championship victory. Terrico's take on the significance of a gold medal: "It means a lot. It means you won a gold medal for your country, and that means a lot to me." Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 11, 2009
Terrico scored 10 points to help push the U.S. winning streak to eight games, as the Americans advanced to the championship game with a come-from-behind 81-77 victory over Croatia (6-2) in the semifinals. The Ole Miss star shot 3-of-6 from the floor, 2-of-5 from downtown, and added 2 rebounds in 20 minutes of action. After squandering a big lead, the U.S. trailed 59-57 heading into the fourth quarter, but fought to a 72-70 lead with 3:14 left and never relinquished it again. Team USA plays for the gold medal on Sunday against Greece (6-2), who shocked previously unbeaten Australia (7-1) 84-69 in their semifinal game. The U.S. defeated Greece 85-69 in the second round of play on July 6. Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 10, 2009
Team USA (7-0) advanced to the semifinals of the U19 World Championships after trouncing Canada (3-4) 93-73 in Friday's quarterfinal matchup. Terrico contributed 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in helping the Americans remain perfect at the New Zealand tournament. Now down to four teams, the U.S. will face Croatia (6-1) in a semifinal game on Saturday. The other semifinal contest pits undefeated Australia (7-0) against Greece (5-2). Saturday's two winners will advance to play for the gold medal on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Auckland, New Zealand time (2:30 a.m. CDT). Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 8, 2009
The U.S. improved to 6-0 with a 76-69 victory over Lithuania (3-3), which knocked the Lithuanians out of contention for the quarterfinal round of play. Terrico had 3 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes, while Kansas Jayhawk Tyshawn Taylor led the Americans with 13 points in the tightly contested game. The quarterfinals begin on Friday, and the U.S. will have to win every contest in order to advance to the July 12 gold medal game. Team USA's quarterfinal opponent is fellow North America country Canada (3-3), which secured a spot after a surprising 67-57 win over Argentina. The U.S. and Australia (6-0) are the only two undefeated teams entering the quarterfinals. Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 7, 2009
Terrico helped Team USA (5-0) beat Puerto Rico (3-2) by a score of 82-61 to become one of three undefeated teams to qualify for the quarterfinals (Australia and Croatia are also 5-0). Terrico contributed 7 points, 2 rebounds and a blocked shot in a very balanced U.S. effort. Every player logged at least 12 minutes, only one team member did not score and only two registered double-figure points (Howard Thompkins 14, Gordon Hayward 11) for the Americans. The Red, White and Blue plays one more second-round game, vs. Lithuania (3-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., NZ time. Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 6, 2009
The U.S. (4-0) won its first game of the second round with a hard-fought 85-69 triumph over Greece on Monday night, New Zealand time. The Americans are one of three countries still undefeated at the U19 Championships, along with Australia (4-0) and Croatia (4-0). Terrico started for the third straight time and scored 3 points with 2 rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes against the Greeks. Fellow SEC player Howard "Trey" Thompkins of Georgia tallied a game-high 22 points for the Americans. Second round play continues with a Tuesday matchup against Puerto Rico (4-1). Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 4, 2009
Terrico was one of seven U.S. players to score in double figures in a 112-55 rout of Egypt on Saturday, the Fourth of July. He scored 11 points and brought down 8 rebounds in a team-high 24 minutes of action. Starting for the second straight game, Terrico also added a block and a steal. Team USA improved to 3-0 and earned Group B’s No. 1 seed as it advances into the July 6-8 second round. The initial second-round opponent will be Greece. Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 3, 2009
The U.S. used another balanced attack and stingy defense to defeat France 71-55 and move to 2-0. Terrico started the game and scored 9 points with 2 rebounds, a steal and a block in 20 minutes. Seth Curry led the Americans with 12 points, while Gordon Hayward added 11 and Ashton Gibbs 10. Terrico's take on the game: "It was different than our game with Iran. We came out and went up 9-0 quick, dug in and came out hitting shots and we really set the tone early." Next up for Team USA: Egypt. Complete Game Recap | Box Score
July 2, 2009
Terrico helped Team USA to a 106-55 victory over Iran in the opening game of the U19 World Championships on Thursday morning (New Zealand time) in the coastal town of North Shore just outside of Auckland, New Zealand. The Memphis native scored 11 points with 2 assists and 2 blocks in the blowout win. He tied for the team lead in minutes on the floor with 20, while his 11 points were just behind leaders Tyshawn Taylor (13) and Seth Curry (12). The U.S. will next face France.
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