Carter Helps Team USA to Goodwill Games Basketball Win Over China

July 21, 1998

NEW YORK - Ole Miss senior guard Keith Carter scored only two points, but grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in helping lead the 1998 USA Basketball Goodwill Games Team to a 91-76 preliminary round victory over China on Monday. Carter saw 15 minutes of action in a reserve role in Monday night's win.

Carter scored his two points from the free throw line (2-of-2). Carter's four assists were second highest in the game for Team USA, behind University of Connecticut's Khalid El-Amin's team-best five assists.

Team USA (1-1) kept its medal round hunt alive with Monday's victory and must defeat Brazil on Tuesday night to have a chance to advance to the Goodwill Games semifinals, which will be held on Thursday. Game time for the Team USA-Brazil contest on Tuesday is 8:00 p.m. (CT).

The top two teams from each of the four-team groups at the 1998 Goodwill Games will advance into medal round play, for which semifinals begin on Thursday. The bronze and gold medal games will be played at 6:00 p.m. (CT) and 8:00 p.m. (CT), respectively, on Friday.

Team USA was tied with China at 66-66 with 6:41 to play when Georgia Tech's Dion Glover scored a layup to start a 25-10 run. During that spurt, Miami of Ohio's Wally Szczerbiak netted 10 points in a span of 2:40 to sustain the offense. El-Amin and Duke's Elton Brand also played key roles in Team USA's victory. El-Amin came off the bench to score 14 points to go along with his five assists, while Brand recorded his second double-double of the Goodwill Games with 14 points and a game-high 10 boards.

In the first half, China jumped out to an early 7-3 lead, but Team USA answered with a 14-5 run of its own. The first-half run was spurred by a pair of three-point baskets by University of Georgia's Jumaine Jones.

Monday night's win lifts the USA's all-time Goodwill Games record to 16-6 (.727), including a 3-0 mark versus China in Goodwill Games play. In addition, the U.S. is now 8-0 against China in the Olympic Games, FIBA Men's World Championship and Goodwill Games combined.

 

 

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