Clemson's USA Team advances to Gold Medal game
|Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 6:48 PM-|
The Clemson-led USA Team edged Israel 75-73 to advance to the Gold Medal Game of the World University Games on Tuesday.
Aamir Simms led the way with 27 points and 16 rebounds. He was joined in double-figures scoring by Al-Amir Dawes (16) and John Newman III (10).
The U.S. team led by as much seven points in the final minutes but staved off an Israel rally, including a missed buzzer-beater from behind halfcourt that went off the backboard. Brad Brownell's group trailed 26-12 after the first quarter.
The USA Tigers dominated the boards, out-rebounding Israel 53-36.
The Gold Medal final will be the United States in a rematch with Ukraine at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday (broadcast by FISU.tv). The U.S. team downed Ukraine 58-57 in pool play.
TOUGH. DUBS. ?????? pic.twitter.com/7aJPtUWOmq— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) July 9, 2019
Day 9 in Naples- we faced a tough matchup and got down early but fought to the very end! We have worked our tails off to be able to compete for a GOLD medal! I am proud to be an AMERICAN and Tiger and to have a shot to bring this gold home????????! #Dubsonly #GoTigs??#MERICA— Aamir Simms (@EarlShmitty_) July 9, 2019
?????? ONE MORE!!! https://t.co/jxCHfEohtj— Tevin Mack (@Tmack1k) July 9, 2019
Brad Brownell (@Coach_Brownell) July 9, 2019
?? Eye of the Tiger ?? pic.twitter.com/aq5eDyEejJ— Clemson Basketball (@ClemsonMBB) July 9, 2019
Phenomenal WILL! Battled all game vs a tough Israel team. Proud of how we picked each other up and stayed together. Gold medal game vs Ukraine on Thursday. #USAbasketball #ClemsonGrit #TigerPride pic.twitter.com/rUcMcJ8QZU— Anthony Goins II (@CoachG_2) July 9, 2019