July 22, 2009
Tel Aviv, Israel - Senior guard Brett Harvey and his Team USA teammates struck gold Wednesday afternoon with a hard-fought come-from-behind 95-86 victory over host Israel to capture the gold medal in open men's basketball at the 18th annual Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv.
Team USA needed a seven-point run at the end of regulation to force overtime and then broke away midway through the five-minute overtime. Israel was down double digits midway through the third quarter before mounting a comeback and building a seven-point lead with under two minutes to play.
It is just the third gold medal collected by Team USA in the history of the quadrennial in the last 24 years, but the 10th overall in 18 Games. The team was coached by Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl and featured former Stanford graduate Dan Grunfeld, who tied the game to force overtime and scored a game-high 25 points to earn MVP honors.
Following closing ceremonies on Thursday, Harvey and his teammates will return to the United States. The 6-1 guard next focuses on his final season with the Greyhounds which opens on November 13 when Loyola hosts Vermont at Reitz Arena.