Monday, September 6, 2010
Russia advances to FIBA quarterfinals
ISTANBUL -- Russia reached the quarterfinals of basketball's world championships, beating New Zealand 78-56 Monday behind Andrey Vorontsevich's 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Russians next play the United States on Thursday.
Timofey Mozgov, Russia's 7-foot-1 center who recently signed with the New York Knicks, added 16 points and seven rebounds. Russia outrebounded New Zealand 41-25 and had five blocks to the Kiwis' one.
Kirk Penney led New Zealand with 21 points.
Russia used a 13-0 run to jump ahead 29-21 in the second quarter. In the second half, a frontline led by Vorontsevich overpowered a much smaller New Zealand.