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USA Takes Bronze Medal

fisher-bronzeUSA Basketball.com reports that Team USA (6-1) rebounded from its semifinal loss at the 2009 USA Men’s World University Games and defeated Israel (6-2) 91-80 to collect the bronze medal . Host Serbia (6-1) won the gold with a 73-51 victory over Russia (6-2). Corey Fisher, who started the game, had 5 points on 2-9 shooting (1-6 from beyond the arc) in 23 minutes. He also had 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 3 turnovers. By the way, if you were wondering, the International 3-Point line is 3 inches closer than the college 3-point line.

Over the course of the two tournaments held over the past three weeks — The Serbia International Invitational Tournament and The Men’s World University Games, USA, Serbia and Russia played one another two times.

Serbia was the better team, followed by the USA and Russia, respectively. However, the USA was good enough to split with Serbia in their head-to-head matches (see Read More for USA, Serbia, and Russia’s records and the total point differentials in their head-to-head matches).

Corey Fisher made Nova fans proud, starting 8 of 10 games and averaging 10 PPG. Despite playing against some of the world’s best college players, his stats were very close to his season stats from last year (Minutes: 21 vs. 24; PPG 10.0 vs. 10.8; FG% 43% vs. 43%; 3PT% 24% vs. 35%; FT% 77% vs. 78%; RPG: 2.3 vs. 2.3; Assists: 1.5 vs. 2.8; TO 2.1 vs. 2.0; Steals 1.7 vs. 1.2).

How do you see his performance translating to the 2009-10 Nova season, and who do you think should start at point for Nova next year?

Corey Fisher Stats Over 10 Games:
Minutes 21
PPG 10.0
FG Attempts 8.2
FG % 43%
3PT Attempts 3.8
3PT % 24%
FT Attempts 2.6
FT % 77%
Rebounds 2.3
Assists 1.5
Turnovers 2.1
TO:Assists 1.4
Steals 1.7