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Beasley leads U.S. to win at U19 Championships

7/17/2007

NOVI SAD, Serbia -- Maryland high schooler Michael Beasley scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Team USA past Brazil 104-65 in the U19 World Championship on Monday night.

The unbeaten Americans (5-0) put eight players in double figures.

"[Having eight players in double digits] means we were sharing the ball, moving the ball around, playing unselfish," Beasley said in a statement. "Great things were happening."

The U.S. will play France (4-1) on Wednesday (2:30 p.m. EDT) to close out second-round play. The top four teams in each group then advance to the July 20 quarterfinals.

"I thought it was a great bounce-back from last night," Team USA and DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright said in the statement. "We really came out and established ourselves right away. We had a couple of lulls, but I thought a lot of that was due to lineup changes. In the second half we really came ready to play, we scored the first [two] baskets and established ourselves."