CARACAS, Venezuela -- The United States' men's and women's basketball teams, their gold medals already secured, rode to easy victories over Puerto Rico to finish undefeated in the Pan American Games.
The men, behind 20 points by Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma and 18 by Sam Perkins of North Carolina, downed Puerto Rico 101-85 to finish with an 8-0 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the medal round.
The women were led by Lynette Woodard of Kansas with 20 points and Cheryl Miller of Southern California with 18 in a 112-65 rout of Puerto Rico. They finished the tournament with a 5-0 record and averaged 104 points a game for the tournament.
The U.S. men led Puerto Rico, which finished second to the U.S. in the 1979 Pan Am Games, 42-36 at the half. But with their running game in gear and their defense more active, the Americans pulled away over the final 20 minutes with little difficulty.
'It was a very good game, considering Puerto Rico was out of contention and we had won it,' said U.S. Coach Jack Hartman of Kansas State. 'In the first half, we had a little difficulty finding our rhythm.'
The second half was altogether different with the U.S. hitting 27 of 41 shots from the floor. Greg Stokes of Iowa added 13 points and Fred Reynolds of Texas ElPaso had 11. Mario Morales Oad 27 points and Ruben Rodriguez added 18 for Puerto Rico.
Jim Master of Kentucky hit a jumper from the baseline in the closing seconds and the Americans gathered on court in hugs and handshakes of celebration.
'We'd only been together two weeks before we left the states,' Hartman said. 'We've developed well.'
In the opening women's game, the U.S. was nearly as dominant as it was in its previous 113-33 romp over Venezuela that assured the Americans a gold medal.
The Americans led 58-37 before bolting by Puerto Rico in the second half, capitalizing on better shooting, tougher rebounding and more adroit ball-handling.
Janice Lawrence of Louisiana Tech added 17 points for the Americans. Lilivette Camacho had 12 points for Puerto Rico.
'It was a good win,' said U.S. Coach Fran Garmon of Texas Christian. 'But it was hard to get up for it.
'I'm really proud of them. They did things they had to do. They listened to the scouting reports. They put a lot into this gold medal.'