- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) There will be no medal gold, silver or bronze for the United States at the World Championships.

In yet another stunning outcome, Yugoslavia came back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter and defeated the U.S. team 81-78 last night.

After going 58-0 using NBA players in international competitions, the Americans have lost twice in a row. The best they can do now is finish fifth in this topsy-turvy tournament.

Cheered on by a raucous crowd of flag-waving, frantic fans who drowned out the home country's supporters, Yugoslavia advanced to the semifinals against New Zealand.

Phil Jones scored 21 points and Pero Cameron added 16 including the final eight for New Zealand as the nation reached its first World Championships semifinals with a 65-63 victory over Puerto Rico.

Much like Argentina did after defeating the United States on Wednesday night, the Yugoslavs celebrated, danced and hugged at midcourt as the stunned U.S. team watched.

"Right now, after beating the U.S., we think we can win the gold medal," Peja Stojakovic said.

Andre Miller had a chance to force overtime, but his long 3-point attempt just before the final buzzer came up short.

Stojakovic, one of five NBA players on Yugoslavia's roster, scored 20 points. Vlade Divac added 16 all in the first half.

Argentina didn't look anything like it did the night before in beating beat Brazil 78-67 to advance to the semifinals.


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