Carter Scores 15 Points in Goodwill Games Basketball Win Over Brazil

July 22, 1998

NEW YORK - Ole Miss senior guard Keith Carter scored 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field in helping lead the 1998 USA Basketball Goodwill Games Team (2-1) to an impressive 106-75 preliminary round victory over Brazil on Tuesday night. With the win, Team USA advances to the medal round semifinals, meeting Lithuania (2-1) in an 8:00 p.m. (CT) contest on Thursday night.

Carter came off the bench and netted his 15 points in 17 minutes of action. His 15 points (6-of-8 FG, 2-of-4 3-pt. FG, 1-of-2 FT) were third on the squad behind Elton Brand's 17 points and Wally Szczerbiak's 16 points. Carter, who also had one assist and one steal in the game, keyed an early second-half run for Team USA, scoring 10 points in a 15-4 run to increase the lead from 58-45 to 73-49.

"In the second half, I wanted to redeem myself because I didn't have the best first half," said Carter. "I cost our team a couple of possessions. I was kind of down, but Coach Haskins told me to keep my head up. Tonight, I got some open looks and hopefully that will help my confidence. The main thing is that we got the win. We're going to keep going and go for the gold."

Team USA entered Tuesday's game versus Brazil having to win by at least seven points to advance to medal round play on Thursday. In the first half, Team USA rushed out to an early 20-8 lead behind Dion Glover's five points. Glover would finish with 13 points for the game. Team USA shot an amazing 71 percent (22-of-31) from the field in the first half, including 60 percent (6-of-10) from the three-point arc. Team USA held a 58-45 lead at the intermission.

The outstanding shooting performance by Team USA continued in the second half, as the squad built its lead to as many as 35 points before taking the 31-point win.

In the victory, the U.S. established new Goodwill Games single-game records for team field goal percentage (.655) and three-point field goals made (11) and tied the USA Goodwill Games Team single-game mark for most assists (22). The 31-point win was the USA's second-largest in Goodwill Games history, trailing only a 37-point victory (113-76) over Italy in 1986.

Tuesday night's win lifts the USA's all-time Goodwill Games record to 17-6 (.739), including a 3-0 mark versus Brazil in Goodwill Games play. The only team to win a medal in each of the first three Goodwill Games (gold in 1986, silver in 1990, bronze in 1994), Team USA has its sights on an unprecedented fourth straight Goodwill Games medal.

Thursday night's other semifinal will have Puerto Rico (2-1) meeting Australia (2-1). Game time for that semifinal contest is 6:00 p.m. (CT).

 

 

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