Russia advances to FIBA quarterfinals
ISTANBUL -- Russia reached the quarterfinals of basketball's world championships, beating New Zealand 78-56 Monday behind Andrey Vorontsevich's 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Russians next play the United States on Thursday.
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Kirk Penney led New Zealand with 21 points.
Russia used a 13-0 run to jump ahead 29-21 in the second quarter. In the second half, a frontline led by Vorontsevich overpowered a much smaller New Zealand.
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