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Russia, Croatia qualify for quarterfinals

Updated: September 15, 2009, 6:29 PM ET
Associated Press

BYDGOSZCZ, Poland -- Defending champion Russia edged Macedonia 71-69 Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship.

Center Timofey Mozgov had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Russia. Macedonia had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds after Russia threw the ball away with 5.9 seconds to play.

But Macedonia guard Dimitar Mirakovski's runner in the lane bounced out at the buzzer and Russia hung on for the win, despite shooting just 1 of 15 on 3-pointers.

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