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USA U-19 team moves to 2-0 at FIBA World Championships

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One day after opening pool play at the Under-19 FIBA World Championships with a commanding 88-29 victory over Ivory Coast, the United States U-19 team didn’t miss a beat in its 113-57 victory over China Friday afternoon.

Arizona signee Aaron Gordon led six Americans in double figures with 17 points while also grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds, with Florida guard Michael Frazier making four three-pointers (scoring 15 points) and St. John’s HS (Houston) senior Justise Winslow 14 (and seven rebounds).

Also reaching double figures were Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes (13 points), Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart (11 points, five steals) and Whitney Young HS (Chicago) senior Jahlil Okafor (11 points, eight rebounds).

The team, coached by Florida head coach Billy Donovan, managed to score 70 points in the paint and shoot 53% from the field. Eleven of the 12 players who saw action for Donovan scored, and the United States out-rebounded China by a staggering margin of 50-14.

Thirty of the Americans’ fifty rebounds came on the offensive end, as their size proved to be too much for the Chinese to handle.

Next up for the United States is its final game of pool play, as they take on Russia Saturday. The Russians rebounded from a two-point loss to China in solid fashion, as they beat Ivory Coast 78-43 earlier Friday.

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VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.