Georgetown’s Allen Iverson scored 26 points as the Uni
FUKUOKA, Japan (AP) _ Georgetown’s Allen Iverson scored 26 points as the United States overwhelmed Japan 141-81 today in the men’s basketball final at the World University Games.
It was the fourth straight University Games gold medal for the United States, which is 26-0 at the games since losing the 1987 final to Yugoslavia.
Canada won the bronze with an 80-72 victory over the Czech Republic.
It was the highest score for the United States at the tournament, but not its biggest winning margin. It beat Russia by 67 points in the first round.
The Americans took control from the start with Tim Duncan of Wake Forest powerful inside, and Iverson a threat from outside. They reached 50 points with 5:28 remaining in the first half, led 59-36 at halftime, and then dominated the second half.
Ray Allen of Connecticut had 18 points and Charles O’Bannon of UCLA had 15, as seven American players reached double figures.
The U.S. team was simply too big and too powerful for the Japanese, who were outrebounded 37-11.
The second half was showtime, with the Americans showboating with a variety of slam dunks and alley-oop plays _ piling on 82 more points.
Makoto Hasegawa led Japan with 25 points, while Michael Takahashi had 10.
The Japanese crowd was enthusiastic despite the blowout.
``Regardless of the result of this game, our performances here have really helped basketball take off in Japan,″ said Takahashi, who is studying sociology at Cal State-Northridge. ``The reaction here has been amazing.″
In the bronze medal game, Canada was led by 18 points from Rowan Barrett and 13 from Todd MacCulloch, while David Picton scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
Marian Prybil had a game-high 19 points for the Czechs, while Vladan Vahala had 15 and Petr Treml 13.
Canada outscored its opponent 45-38 in the second half after rallying from a 10-point deficit to lead 35-34 at halftime.
The Czechs were dangerous from outside, making 10 three-pointers, but were only 14-for-40 inside the arc, where the Canadians had a strong rebounding advantage.