Chris Paul Wins Gold as U.S. Men's Basketball Defeats Spain
Aug. 12, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - In a close contest that came down to the final minutes, Chris Paul and the U.S. men's basketball team defeated Spain 107-100 for its second-straight gold medal on Sunday in the 2012 London Olympics.
Paul, the former Demon Deacon and starting point guard for the U.S., scored 11 points in the game as he won his second gold medal after playing for the team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also had two assists and three steals in the game.
The U.S. went undefeated in the 2012 Games, defeating Australia and Argentina in the quarterfinals and semifinals respectively. Paul put up 10 points on Friday in the semifinal round against Argentina while registering seven assists.
With the gold, Paul becomes the only Wake Forest grad to win multiple medals and one of two former Deacons to earn a gold in the Olympics (Bill Masse, Baseball, 1988).
A perennial NBA All-Star, Paul will start his eighth season in the league and his second with the Los Angeles Clippers this fall.