Saturday, July 11, 2009

KU’s Taylor to play for gold medal


Kansas University sophomore guard Tyshawn Taylor scored nine points, dished three assists with three steals and three rebounds in the United States’ 81-77 victory over Croatia in the semifinals of the FIBA Under 19 World Championships on Saturday.

The U.S. (8-0), which last won gold in this event in 1991, will meet Greece (6-2) in the gold medal game today. Greece advanced to the gold medal contest after posting a shocking 84-69 victory over previously unbeaten Australia. The gold medal game is a rematch between the two teams. The U.S. claimed an 85-69 victory over the Greeks in second round play on Monday.

Taylor, who hit two of seven shots and five of seven free throws, is third on the team in scoring at 9.7 points a game. He leads the USA squad with 29 assists through seven contests despite missing one game because of the flu.

Butler’s Gordan Hayward led the way with 15 points and eight rebounds. Pitt’s Ashton Gibbs had 11 points, while Duke’s Seth Curry and Mississippi’s Terrico White had 10 apiece.

The U.S. led by as many as 16 points in the first half, but trailed 59-57 heading into the fourth quarter. It was 70-70 with 3:14 to play.

KU’s Taylor hit one of two free throws with 1:45 left, giving the U.S. a 75-72 lead.

Leading 77-75 with 42 ticks left, the U.S. worked the clock down. White’s rushed shot was wide of the rim. As it bounded over the endline, Hayward flung the ball back to Taylor, who heaved a long three that hit the rim just a fraction before shot clock was to expire. Northwestern’s John Shurna came up with the huge offensive board in the scramble. Shurna managed to pass the ball to Hayward, who was fouled as he looked to score. Hayward hit two free throws at 14.6 seconds to make it 79-75.

Croatia's Toni Prostran hit a layup, cutting the gap to 79-77 at 10.1 seconds. Gibbs, who was fouled on the inbounds, hit two free throws at 9.4 seconds to make it 81-77. Croatia missed a pair of threes in the closing seconds.

Now comes the rematch against Greece.

“Guarding them. They shoot the ball well,” coach Jamie Dixon said of the key to winning again. “We’ve got to defend. We'll get good shots. Our offense is good when we get it moving, but we've got to do it for 40 minutes. We got a little stationary there tonight, but we'll get better movement, better passing. Our passing the first half was tremendous.”


truefan 10 years, 10 months ago

Just one more to go boys, bring it home.

rel76 10 years, 10 months ago

His time over there...I don't think fans really know how good it's going the make our team.

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

hope he gets a week off before he has to condition again.... Ncaa tourney.... post season work...... now u19 .... it's almost time for thm to start heavy duty conditioning again

Dyrk Dugan 10 years, 10 months ago

sounds like we should get it...and Tyshawn is really contributing. Go USA!

phillyh3 10 years, 10 months ago

u can watch highlights of som of the games on the fiba website

waywardJay 10 years, 10 months ago

Correct me if I am wrong but this was the team Tyshawn Sat against with the flu ...... and we won by 15+

Sam Burns 10 years, 10 months ago

waywardJay, you're as bad as I am, lol, making one post at 1:27 pm and another at 1:19 am.

Sam Burns 10 years, 10 months ago

Hey Jesse, isn't it about time you took a road trip and let us know what the Henry boys are doing with their practices and training?

Sam Burns 10 years, 10 months ago

but promise us that you won't talk to Carl.

phlhawk 10 years, 10 months ago

USA won gold, with Taylor's best game (and the leading scorer):

18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals

buchaba 10 years, 10 months ago

Hopefully one of you KU fans can help me out with this. I'm moving to New Jersey and wanted to know how you can catch all of the KU football and basketball games on tv? Do you just have to find a bar that is showing it? Direct TV?

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated because I REALLY want to be able to watch KU games this year!

kansasfan123 10 years, 10 months ago

It is nice to see him playing like he can. Keep up the good work.

10 years, 10 months ago

buchaba ~

Speaking from experience as a subscriber, DirecTV with the Sports Pack option should get you covered for the televised football games. To catch the basketball games not on national TV, you will probably have to order the ESPN Full Court package (also available on DirecTV).

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