Croatia beats U.S. at U-19 worlds
RIGA, Latvia -- Toni Katic scored 21 points to lead Croatia to an 87-85 victory over the United States on Wednesday in the second round of FIBA's Under 19 World Championship, the defending champion's first loss in the tournament.
Jeremy Lamb of NCAA champion Connecticut had 25 points for the U.S. (5-1), which already had clinched a berth in the quarterfinals that start Friday.
The U.S. trailed 70-61 after three quarters but went on a 19-5 run in the first seven minutes of the final period. Lamb hit a jumper with 24.9 seconds left to bring the U.S. within 86-85.
Katic made one free throw with 20.4 seconds left to give Croatia (4-2) an 87-85 lead, and Lamb missed a jumper in the final seconds.
Patric Young of Florida had 15 points and eight rebounds for the United States.
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