Friday, July 8, 2011
Russia knocks U.S. out of U-19
RIGA, Latvia -- Dmitry Kulagin had 21 points, including five of Russia's 12 3-pointers, in a 79-74 quarterfinal victory over the United States on Friday, knocking the defending champions out of FIBA's Under 19 World Championship.
Jeremy Lamb of NCAA champion Connecticut had 21 points for the U.S. (5-2), which missed all nine of its 3-point attempts. Russia (4-3) went 12-of-29 from behind the arc.
Vladislav Trushkin hit all three of his 3-pointers in the final four minutes for Russia, which made 5-of-8 free throws over the final 24 seconds to seal the win.
Joe Jackson of Memphis added 14 points for the U.S., which faces Poland (5-2) on Saturday in a consolation semifinal.
The loss was the second straight for the U.S. team, which was beaten 87-85 by Croatia to cap the second round.