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Germany beats Italy to advance to quarterfinals

Updated: September 12, 2007, 6:01 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday to lead Germany over Italy 67-58 and into the quarterfinals of the European Basketball Championship.

Nowitzki hit a 3-pointer with 4:49 to play in the fourth to extend Germany's lead to seven. The Dallas Mavericks star then made two free throws with 33 seconds to play.

Johannes Herber also scored 15 for Germany, including a key 3-pointer down the stretch.

Marco Belinelli, who limped off with an ankle ...

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