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Italy Stuns U.S. in Olympic Basketball Exhibition

Italy Stuns U.S. in Olympic Basketball Exhibition

COLOGNE, Germany (Sports Network) - The Italian national team pulled off a shocking upset Tuesday as it crushed the United States by a 95-78 score in an Olympic exhibition game in Germany.

The Americans trailed by six at halftime and eight after three quarters, before being blown out in the fourth.

The margin of defeat was the largest suffered by the United States since the senior national Olympic team was comprised of NBA players. The previous worst loss by an NBA-led American team occurred on September 4, 2002 when the Argentines defeated the U.S. 87-80.

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SportsLine.com wire reports

COLOGNE, Germany -- The U.S. men's Olympic team did more than merely lose. It was embarrassed and exposed like never before in international competition.

Losing an exhibition game for the first time when using NBA players, the Americans were completely outclassed by lightly regarded Italy, never even making it close in the fourth quarter of a 95-78 upset Tuesday.

The Americans were sloppy with the ball and couldn't handle Italy's zone defenses and 3-point shooting. Italy not only made 15 from behind the arc but also showed superior ball movement and poise in handing the Americans their most lopsided defeat since pros began competing in 1992.

"They're going to be in for a lot of lessons for the next few weeks," U.S. coach Larry Brown said. "It's a young team, and it's a different game internationally."

Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with 17 points, and two-time NBA MVP Tim Duncan added 15.

Italy, whose roster is filled entirely by players from that country's league, was led by Giacomo Galanda's 28 points and Gianluca Basile's 25.


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