Cougar Head Coach Ray McCallum Helps Guide USA Basketball Young Men To Silver Medal at 2000 Young Men's Qualifying Tournament

RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (July 22) -- University of Houston head coach Ray McCallum was an assistant coach for the USA Basketball Young Men's (20 and Under) team that finished second in the 2000 Confederation of Pan American Basketball Association's (COPABA) World Championship Qualifying Tournament on July 23 in in Ribeirao Preto, Brazil.

McCallum was an assistant coach under Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and help lead the USA team to 4-1 record in the Tournament. The USA team was undefeated before being upended by Argentina, 92-77, in the championship game.

Duke's Jason Williams led USA with 17 points, but it wasn't enough to overtake Argentina, who shot 60 percent from the three-point line.

Also competing for the United States were two players from Conference USA, Bobby Simmons of DePaul and Kenny Satterfield of Cincinnati.

The United States, which had shot a stellar 51.7 percent from the field and 41.0 percent from three-point through its first four games, shot 36.2 percent (25-69 FGs) from the field and 30.0 percent (6-20 3pt FGs) from beyond the arc against Argentina. In contrast, Argentina shot 50.0 percent (28-56 FGs) from the field and 62.5 percent (10-16 3pt FGs) from three-point range. Argentina also out rebounded the U.S. 37-29.

With their second place finish the United State has qualified to compete in the 2001 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) World Championship for Young Men, as the top three nations advance to next year's world competition, which will be held in Japan.

2000 World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Tournament

Preliminary Round Pools Group A W-L Group B W-L Dominican Republic 3-0 United States 3-0 Brazil 2-1 Argentina 2-1 Puerto Rico 1-2 Panama 1-2 Canada 0-3 Uruguay 0-3 Preliminary Round Wednesday, July 19 Dominican Republic 99, Canada 70 USA 122, Uruguay 73 Argentina 102, Panama 67 Brazil 107, Puerto Rico 60 Thursday, July 20 Dominican Republic 99, Puerto Rico 77 USA 105, Panama 81 Argentina 68, Uruguay 54 Brazil 94, Canada 78 Friday, July 21 Panama 82, Uruguay 60 Puerto Rico 66, Canada 61 USA 83, Argentina 78 Dominican Republic 96, Brazil 87 Semifinals Saturday, July 22 Consolation Round Puerto Rico 76, Uruguay 69 Canada 87, Panama 79 Medal Round Argentina 80, Dominican Republic 72 USA 96, Brazil 91 Finals Sunday , July 23 7th/8th Place: Panama 77, Uruguay 73 5th/6th Place: Canada 67, Puerto Rico 63 Bronze Medal Game: Dom. Rep. 76, Brazil 71 Gold Medal Game: Argentina 92, USA 77 Final Order of Finish 1. *Argentina (4-1) 2. *USA (4-1) 3. *Dominican Republic (4-1) 4. Brazil (2-3) 5. Canada (2-3) 6. Puerto Rico (2-3) 7. Panama (2-3) 8. Uruguay (0-5) * The top three finishers qualified for the 2001 FIBA World Championship for Young Men



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