Aug. 31, 1997

USA Defeats Canada to Win Gold Medal at World University Games

TRAPANI, Sicily, Italy -- University of Virginia guard Curtis Staples (Roanoke, Va.) came off the bench to score 12 points Saturday (August 30) to help the United States defeat Canada 72-64 and win the gold medal at the World University Games. The United States finished the competition with a 6-0 record.

Staples made four of seven shots from the field, including four of five from three-point range. He also had four rebounds and blocked a shot in 19 minutes of action.

"I think Canada was a really good team," Staples said. "They were very disciplined tonight. I took advantage of the opportunity they gave me.

"I'm really happy with the team effort. We came out in the second half, picked it up a lot and played together. I'm just very happy with this victory and winning the gold medal."

Earl Boykins (Eastern Michigan) led the United States with a game-high 23 points and Scott Padgett (Kentucky) scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Padgett also had a game-high five assists.

Greg Francis scored 20 points to lead Canada and David Daniels added 15 points.

It's the fifth consecutive gold medal for the United States at the World University Games and the victory extended the USA's winning streak to 32 games. The United States has captured 11 golds, three silvers and one bronze medal, and has compiled an overall record of 102-6 since first participating in the 1965 World University Games.