U.S. loses to host Mexico in semifinals

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — The gold-medal drought in men's basketball for the Untied States at the Pan American Games will last at least another four years after a 71-55 loss to Mexico in Saturday's semifinals.

The United States has not won Pan American gold since 1983.

Mexico is headed in the other direction. The Mexicans last won a medal in 1991 — a silver — and are now guaranteed of at least second place.

Jovan Harris led Mexico with 15 points, while Lorenzo Mata added 12 and Paul Stoll scored eight. Harris and Stoll were born in the U.S. but carry Mexican nationality.

"I can't say it wasn't special beating the United States," Stoll said. "I had never played against an American team."

Leo Lyons scored 13 to lead the United States, which is using players from the NBA Development League.

"Even though we lost it was fun. It's something you can bank some memories on," forward Renaldo Major said. "The crowd was crazy. ... It was a great atmosphere and I loved it and I wouldn't mind playing in here again."

The Americans needed comeback victories in group play against the Dominican Republic and Brazil to reach the semis.

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