DeRozan And Team USA Earn Gold Medal WIth 96-66 Win Over Serbia|
Aug. 21, 2016
DeMar DeRozan and Team USA won the men’s basketball gold medal with a 96-66 victory over Serbia at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil today (Aug. 21). With DeRozan’s medal, USC athletes earned a total of 21 medals in Rio, including nine gold medals.
DeMar DeRozan (USC 2009) finished with six points, two rebounds, two assists and a block in 11 minutes of action. He entered late in the first quarter with USA trailing 14-12 and helped the team close the quarter on a 7-1 run. DeRozan had an assist on the basket which gave USA its first lead at 16-14 and the Americans never trailed again.
The Americans led 19-15 at the end of the first quarter, but it was all USA in the second quarter racing out to a 52-29 halftime lead. USA held Serbia to 31 percent shooting in the first half and Kevin Durant scored 24 of his game-high 30 points before the break. USA led 79-43 after three quarters and coasted to the victory from there. Durant has now scored 88 points in USA’s last three gold medal games.
USA ran its Olympic winning streak to 25 games and picked up its third consecutive gold medal. USA defeated Serbia 94-91 in a pool play game on Aug. 12.
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