Americans pass first true road test

Updated: July 8, 2009, 3:25 PM ET
By Andy Katz

Serbia had a 3-pointer to win the game, but the shot by Ivan Paunic didn't go down.

So on Tuesday night in Belgrade, the U.S. team escaped with a 68-66 victory in the final pool-play game prior to the medal round in the World University Games.

Every year one of the USA Basketball college-based teams heads overseas to play a true road game and the response is always the same: The Americans had no idea it would be this intense.

This happens countless times ...

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