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Posted on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 11:45 a.m.

Team USA knocked out of U19 World Championships medal round by Russia

By Staff

Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. and Team USA were knocked out of the FIBA U19 World Championships medal round Friday, losing 79-74 to Russia.

The quarterfinal loss in Riga, Latvia means Team USA -- a medal favorite and one of two top seeds coming out of group play -- is bounced into the "classification semifinals," where it will compete for a fifth to eighth-place finish.

Hardaway scored four points on 1 of 6 shooting. He missed all five attempts from 3-point range and Team USA finished 0-for-9 from behind the arc. Russia made 12 of 29.

Dmitry Kulagin, who led Russia with 21 points, made 5 of 6 long-range shots.

Jeremy Lamb (UConn) scored 21 points for Team USA. Joe Jackson (Memphis) added 14 and Meyers Leonard (Illinois) 13.

Team USA will play Poland in one of Saturday's classification semifinals. Game time is to be determined.



Fri, Jul 8, 2011 : 6:11 p.m.

This was a little surprising to lose to Russia. But, Team USA played well overall during the tournament, and this was a great experience for the young players. I think Tim Hardaway Jr. will really benefit from this competition and come in this fall an even better player.