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U.S. Beats Slovenia in Under 21 Worlds

August 10, 2005

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina (AP) _ Curtis Withers of Charlotte scored 15 points and Terrence Roberts of Syracuse added 14 as the United States rallied from a 13-point deficit to beat Slovenia 83-79 on Wednesday in the preliminary round of the men’s Under 21 World Championships.

The U.S. team (5-0) advanced to Friday’s quarterfinals and will play the winner of Wednesday night’s Canada-Israel game.

Withers and Roberts were effective inside for the United States, which shot 40 percent overall (34-for-84) but was 3-for-22 from 3-point range.

Slovenia’s Miha Fon missed an off-balance 3-point attempt at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.

Slovenia (2-3) scored the first seven points of the game and led 26-13 after one quarter.

The U.S. team turned to its defense and finished with 25 steals while forcing 30 turnovers. Roberts’ putback with 3:43 to go gave the Americans a 79-70 lead, but Slovenia went on a 7-0 run that ended with a steal and layup by Rajon Rondo of Kentucky with 25 seconds to play.

Sasa Zagorac scored 15 points for Slovenia.

The semifinals are Saturday and the championship game is Sunday night.

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