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Heartbreak for the US, 1972
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: November 23, 2019
Red Grandy ©Stars and Stripes
Munich, West Germany, September, 1972: U.S. basketball coach Hank Iba argues his case at the scorer's table after confusion among the game officials turned an apparent U.S. victory into a loss to the Soviet Union in the gold medal contest at the Olympics. The U.S. had taken a 50-49 lead on two free throws by Doug Collins near the end of regulation time, but in a chaotic finish the officials put three seconds back on the clock and the Russians scored the winning basket off a full-court pass to hand the Americans their first loss ever in Olympic play. All appeals failed, and the U.S. team declined to accept the silver medals.
Stars and Stripes' 1972 story about the game.