OSU's Smart struggles in Team USA win

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Updated: 7/03/2013 9:01 pm Published: 7/03/2013 8:59 pm

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart and the USA Basketball Men's U19 team defeated Serbia 71-62 Wednesday in the final game of pool play at the FIBA U19 World Championships. The Americans enter bracket play with a 6-0 mark.

Cowboy sophomore Marcus Smart struggled for the U.S., picking up his first foul just 20 seconds after entering the game and his second just 30 seconds later. He fouled out late with just two points on 1-of-3 shooting with a rebound.

The game was the closest by far for the United States. After winning their first five games by an average of 50 points, the Americans had to hold off a rally late by the Serbians for the victory. The United States led by just four points at 56-52 with 6:16 remaining, but went on an 13-7 run for a double-digit lead with less than a minute remaining.

With the win, the United States is the only undefeated team through pool play with a 6-0 mark. The Americans will face Canada, which finished 3-3 in Group E, on Friday at 1:15 pm central time.

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