Smart leads USA to victory

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Updated: 7/05/2013 4:09 pm Published: 7/05/2013 4:07 pm

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart and the USA Basketball Men's U19 team defeated Canada 109-67 Friday in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championships. Smart led all scorers with 14 points.

Seven different Americans reached double figures, including Smart's game-high 14. The Cowboy sophomore scored six points in a 2-1/2 minute period during the third quarter, including a basket at the 2:55 mark that gave the United States a 31-point lead. He also recorded three steals, one rebound and an assist. Smart's 19 steals lead the tournament are tied for the fifth-most by an American in the World Championships, matching Daniel Brown's 19 in 2003.

The United States took its first lead of the game at 11-9 three minutes into the contest. Canada trailed by just five at 27-22 with 1:20 remaining in the first period, and again at 33-28 at the 6:08 mark of the second quarter. However, the Americans took a double-digit lead at 43-33 three minutes before intermission, and it ballooned from there, expanding to 43 points with three minutes left in the game.

The United States (7-0) will play Lithuania (6-1) in the second semifinal matchup on Saturday at 1:15 pm central time. Australia (4-3) will face Serbia (6-1) in the other semifinal game at 11 am central time.

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