Victory assures Lithuania of finishing fifth or sixth

Updated: September 23, 2005, 12:49 PM ET
Associated Press

BELGRADE, Serbia-Montenegro -- Lithuania beat Russia 89-78 in a consolation game Friday at the European Championship to qualify for next year's world championship in Japan.

The victory assured Lithuania of finishing fifth or sixth, good enough to clinch a spot in Japan. The top six qualify for the worlds.

Lithuania was the defending European champion but was eliminated from title contention with Thursday's 63-47 loss to France.

Paulius Jankunas scored 19 points Friday to lead five Lithuanian players in double figures. Giedrius Gustas had 13 and Ramunas Siskauskas added 12.

Russia played without Utah Jazz star Andrei Kirilenko, who injured his nose in the 66-61 quarterfinal loss to Greece. Zakhar Pashutin led Russia with 27 points.

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