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World University Games : Soviet Union Defeats U.S. Men on Last-Second, 3-Point Basket

From Times Wire Services

A three-point basket in the final seconds brought the Soviet Union a 96-93 victory over the United States in the 1985 World University Games men’s basketball final Tuesday.

With three minutes remaining, the U.S. team led the see-saw game, 88-86, on two free throws by Chuck Person of Auburn, after the top Soviet player, Arvidas-Romas Sabonis, the tournament’s tallest player at 7-2 1/2, fouled out.

With less than two minutes to play, Valery Korolev scored on a dunk shot for a 90-89 Soviet lead, but Person tied the score with a free throw.

The scored was tied again, 93-93, when Alexandre Belostenny hit the first of two free throws. With 39 seconds left, Person was fouled, but missed his free throw.

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The Soviets then stalled until Valdemaras Khomitchus dribbled across the court to the side and took a 21-foot desperation shot that swished through the net.

The Americans hit 18 of 28 free-throw attempts, the Soviets hit 14 of 25.


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