U.S. tops China at U-19 championship

Updated: July 2, 2011, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

LIEPAJA, Latvia -- Jeremy Lamb of national champion Connecticut scored 17 points and Doug McDermott of Creighton had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the United States to an 82-66 win over China on Saturday in the FIBA Under 19 World Championship.

Tim Hardaway Jr., of Michigan, and Khyle Marshall, of Butler, both had 13 points for the U.S. (3-0), the defending champion and the only team in the 16-team field to finish the preliminary round undefeated. The three-game second round begins Monday.

China (0-3) opened the second half on a 9-2 run and trailed 56-53 after three quarters. McDermott hit a 3 to start a 10-0 run and Lamb's steal and layup closed it, making it 68-55 with 5:25 to play. Lamb scored eight of the U.S. team's final 14 points.

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