ZAGREB, YUGOSLAVIA, JULY 18 -- The United States was beaten easily by Yugoslavia, 100-85, in the men's basketball final at the World University Games today.

Drazen Petrovic, a 6-foot-4 point guard considered the best player in Europe, scored 35 points and exploited the U.S. squad's defense with his passing.

"There is a great attitude on their team," U.S. Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke said. "They play for and with each other. They are much better than any other European team."

The Americans, who got a team-high 19 points from forward Mitchell Richmond of Kansas State, trailed after the opening minute and were behind, 50-38, at halftime.

The Yugoslav squad, which boasted a husky 7-foot-2 center, Danko Cvjeticanin, and two towering but quick forwards, took away the inside game of the smaller Americans. Cvjeticanin finished with 21 points.

Duke's Danny Ferry, who had five of the Americans' 20 rebounds, contributed 16 points, Colorado's Matthew Bullard had 14 points and Arizona's Sean Elliott had 13.

Many people here expected the Yugoslav team, which features seven members of its national A team, to win by a larger margin because the top American players are training for the Pan American Games later this summer.

Spain defeated Cuba, 80-79, for the bronze medal.

In other events, the Romanians won four women's and one men's gold medal in rowing, dominating the finals with Italy, which collected three men's golds.