ATLANTA (AP) _ Jose Ortiz dominated inside with 37 points and 14 rebounds Monday and Puerto Rico scored the game’s final 10 points for a 98-86 victory over pesky South Korea.
The 6-foot-10 Ortiz, a former Pac-10 player of the year at Oregon State and a first-round draft pick by the Utah Jazz, was too much inside for the smaller South Korea team. He was 16-for-22 from the field and Puerto Rico (1-1) was 38-for-66, a number even more impressive since it was 5-for-22 from 3-point range.
Jae Hur made one of two free throws with 3:54 left to bring South Korea (0-2) within 88-86. South Korea stole the ball on the next possession, but Dong-Hee Kang missed a layup on a 2-on-1 break.
Ortiz scored seconds later on a layup and that started the closing 10-0 run as South Korea missed another breakaway layup and three 3-pointers in the final 2 1/2 minutes.
Ramon Rivas, who played at Temple, added 18 points for Puerto Rico, which finished with a 41-22 rebound advantage. Georgie Torres had 16 points.
Kyung-Eun Moon had 20 points to lead South Korea, which finished 30-for-72 from the field, including 12-for-31 from 3-point range.