Russia Tops USA At World Championship

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RIGA, LATVIA -- The USA couldn’t overcome a slow start and a long-range shooting barrage and fell to Russia, 79-74, in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Riga, Latvia, on Friday, July 8.  The setback eliminates the top-seeded U.S. squad from gold medal consideration.

Russia jumped to a 25-18 lead in the first quarter and led 40-30 at halftime.  The U.S. did battle back to tie the game at 49-49 in the third quarter, but Russia held off the comeback with a continued attack from beyond the three-point arc.  The winning team hit 12 three-pointers in the victory and finished with a 36-0 advantage from three-point range.

Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut) led the U.S. with 21 points, while Joe Jackson (Memphis) added 14.  Butler’s Khyle Marshall finished with four points and one rebound in 12 minutes of action.

In the game following the U.S. setback, Australia, also a top seed in the quarterfinals, fell to Serbia, 93-74.  Butler recruit Jackson Aldridge finished with 10 points for Australia.

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 - Croatia 87, USA 85

Quarterfinals
Friday, July 8 - Russia 79, USA 74

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