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Canada Beats United States in Semifinals of Pan American Games

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The United States’ gold-medal drought in men’s basketball at the Pan American Games continues after losing to Canada in a 111-108 overtime thriller in the semifinals. Interestingly enough, a player who will become very familiar to a lot of Americans in the coming years keyed the victory for the Canadians.

Jamal Murray, a five-star recruit who’s headed to Lexington in the fall to play for John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats, hit a game-tying three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation and then scored eight points in the overtime period to lead the way to victory. Murray finished with 22 points on 8-of-18 shooting to go along with six assists, and he’s projected to be a first-round pick in 2016.

Orlando Magic big man Andrew Nicholson led Canada with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

For the Americans, Bobby Brown scored 25 points on 8-of-20 shooting. Anthony Randolph added 21 points, while Ron Baker added 15. The United States hasn’t won a gold medal in men’s basketball in the Pan American Games in 32 years.

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