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Puerto Rico upsets U.S. men

| Monday, Aug. 4, 2003

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- There were no late heroics for the U.S. men's basketball team Sunday night at the Pan American Games.

Andre Barrett missed an off-balance jump shot at the buzzer and the Americans fell to Puerto Rico, 86-85. The previous night, they rallied to beat Argentina, 80-79.

The score was tied at 68-68 at the start of the fourth quarter before Puerto Rico used a 13-4 run to open a lead it did not relinquish.

But Puerto Rico's Ramon Dalmau missed two free throws with the score 86-85. His team got the rebound of the second miss but lost it out of bounds.

The Americans struggled to find room to shoot, and Barrett, of Seton Hall, saw his shot rim out.

The U.S. women needed to stop playing Cuba to get a win.

Georgetown's Rebekkah Brunson scored 12 points to lead the American basketball team past Canada 56-53 after the Americans had lost four straight games to the Cubans.

"Obviously, we're pleased to win," American coach Debbie Ryan said. "We feel better, but it's not time to celebrate."

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