Victory assures Lithuania of finishing fifth or sixth

Updated: September 23, 2005, 12:49 PM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Lithuania beat Russia 89-78 in a consolation game Friday at the European Championship to qualify for next year's world championship in Japan.

The victory assured Lithuania of finishing fifth or sixth, good enough to clinch a spot in Japan. The top six qualify for the worlds.

Lithuania was the defending European champion but was eliminated from title contention with Thursday's 63-47 loss to France.

Paulius Jankunas scored 19 points Friday to lead five ...

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