By NewsPress Staff
PRAGUE, Czech Republic —
Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and the USA U19 men’s basketball team defeated Brazil 91-66 Monday night in the first game of the second round at the FIBA U19 World Championships.
The Brazilians kept the game close early, trailing by just three (20-17) at the end of the first quarter. A 13-4 run to start the second period gave the Americans a double-digit lead, but at intermission, the United States led by just six at 40-34. A basket by Brazil to open the second half cut the lead to four, but an 18-0 run by the Americans, including six points by Smart, gave the U.S. a 20-point cushion that never dipped into the teens again.
In his fourth start of the tournament and ninth international start the past two summers, Smart added four assists and two steals. He has 14 steals for the tournament. With five games remaining, he is five steals away from the top-five among players competing for the United States at the U19/Junior World Championships. Patrick Beverly holds the record with 31 steals in nine games during the 2007 U19 World Championships.
The Americans (4-0) will face Australia (2-2) Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. in the O2 Arena