D.J. White and Team USA saw its chances of medaling at the Pan Am Games evaporate last night.
Despite a 12-point, eight-rebound effort from IU's junior forward, the U.S. dropped its second straight game in pool play, falling to Panama 75-67. The loss, coupled with Argentina's 71-69 win over Uruguay, wiped out any chance for the U.S. to advance to the medal round.
"I'm proud of our guys," said Team USA Coach Jay Wright. "I think our guys are playing hard. I think we played two very good teams. Obviously, I'm disappointed in the outcome, (but) not in our performance."
Early on, it appeared the U.S. had regrouped from an opening-day setback to Uruguay. Thanks to a quick start from Michigan State guard Drew Neitzel, the U.S. jumped to a 29-15 lead with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter. But the U.S. would manage just four points in the remainder of the quarter and Panama tied to contest at 33-33 at intermission.
Panama then took command of the game with a 17-4 run to close the third quarter that put them up 57-44, and the U.S. would get no closer than seven the rest of the way.
White was one of four U.S. players to score in double figures along with Roy Hibbert (19), Neitzel (15), and Shan Foster (10).
The U.S. concludes its Pan America Games appearance tonight at 6:45 p.m. when it takes on Argentina.
White, Team USA Fall Again in Pan Am Games
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