Carter and U.S. Teammates Capture Basketball Gold at Goodwill Games

July 25, 1998

NEW YORK - Ole Miss senior guard Keith Carter had a solid all-around performance in helping lead the 1998 USA Basketball Goodwill Games Team (4-1) to a 93-85 overtime victory over Australia (3-2) in the gold medal contest late Friday night. With the win, the U.S. claimed its first Goodwill Games gold medal since 1986 and also earned the country's first gold medal by an amatuer squad in international competition since the 1986 World Championships.

In Friday's gold medal win, Carter scored four points and had four rebounds, three assists and three steals in 21 minutes of action. Carter also helped carry the U.S. into the overtime session, as his defensive pressure against Australia's Andrew Gaze forced Gaze into a long three-point attempt which missed its mark at the end of regulation.

Carter averaged 7.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the five contests at the Goodwill Games. He also shot 48.1 percent (13-of-27) from the field and 40 percent (6-of-15) from the three-point arc in the five games.

With 6:23 left in regulation, Australia held a 73-67 lead, but the U.S. went on a 10-2 run over the next 2:55 to take a 77-75 advantage with 3:10 remaining. After Australia regained the lead at 79-77 on two Gaze free throws with 1:52 left, Andre Miller came up with a clutch steal and layup to tie the game at 79-all. With time running out in regulation, Carter forced Gaze into a long three-point attempt which was off the mark. Miller then grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the floor, but his 12-foot attempt at the buzzer was no good and the game went to overtime.

In the overtime session, Miller and Wally Szczerbiak scored on consecutive possessions to give the Americans an 83-79 lead. After two Gaze free throws cut the lead to 85-83, Quincy Lewis answered with a jumper, and the Australians could not get any closer than four points the rest of the game.

Friday night's win lifts the USA's all-time Goodwill Games record to 19-6 (.760). The U.S. is the only nation to win a medal in all four Goodwill Games basketball competitions (gold in 1986 and 1998, silver in 1990 and bronze in 1994).

Miller led Team USA with 18 points, while Szczerbiak and Elton Brand each added 15 points apiece. Shane Heal led Australia with 38 points, and Gaze had 25 points.

In the brozne medal game, Lithuania (3-2) crushed Puerto Rico (2-3), 119-75.

 

 

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