USA Edges Lithuania In Overtime
RIGA, LATVIA -- Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) scored with two
seconds remaining in overtime to lift the USA to a 107-105 victory
over Lithuania at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship in Riga,
Latvia, on Tuesday (June 5). The win was the fifth for the
U.S., the lone unbeaten team at the Championship.
The U.S., behind 6-9 forward Patric Young (Florida), rallied from a six-point, 101-95, deficit in the overtime period. Young scored five consecutive points to cut Lithuania’s margin to one, 101-100, and then James Bell (Villanova) gave the U.S. the lead, 102-101. The game was tied at 105-105 before Lamb’s game-winner.
Lithuania, which had beaten the U.S. by 33 points in an exhibition game just a week earlier, had to rally in the final period of regulation play to send the game into overtime. Arnas Butkevicius scored with three seconds remaining on the clock to tie the game at 94-94 at the end of regulation play.
Lamb led the U.S. with 35 points, while Joe Jackson (Memphis) added 19. Young finished with 15 points, Doug McDermott (Creighton) posted 13 and Tim Hardaway, Jr., (Michigan) had 10. Butler’s Khyle Marshall played 13 minutes in the game and finished with four points and two rebounds.
In the game following the U.S. victory, Australia defeated Brazil, 63-57. Butler recruit Jackson Aldridge finished with nine points and six rebounds to help Australia to its fourth win at the Championship.
U.S. Preliminary Round Schedule at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men
Thursday, June 30 - USA 115, Egypt, 60
Friday, July 1 - USA 80, Serbia 78
Saturday, July 2 - USA 82, China 66
U.S. Second Round Schedule
Monday, July 4 - USA 83, Canada 54
Tuesday, July 5 - USA 107, Lithuania 105 (OT)
Wednesday, July 6 - vs. Croatia, 7:30 a.m. (ET)
(Photo by Vytautas Mikaitis)