U.S. nips Serbia at U-19 tourney

Updated: July 1, 2011, 8:12 PM ET
Associated Press

LIEPAJA, Latvia -- Joe Jackson scored 19 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. hit the tiebreaking jumper with 47 seconds to play as the United States beat Serbia 80-78 on Friday in the opening round of the FIBA Under 19 World Championships.

The United States (2-0), the defending gold medalist, was coming off a 115-60 opening win over Egypt.

Hardaway, who plays at Michigan, finished with 11 points, including the driving jumper that made it 80-78. A drive by Jackson, who will be a sophomore at Memphis, tied it for the last time with 1:58 left.

Patric Young of Florida had 13 points on 6-for-6 shooting and seven rebounds for the U.S., which outrebounded Serbia (1-1) 43-29.

The U.S. meets China (0-2) on Saturday.


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