PRAGUE, Czech Republic—University of Pittsburgh freshman James Robinson (Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.) and Team USA advanced to the FIBA U19 World Championship Gold Medal game with a 100-60 semifinal win over Lithuania on Saturday. USA will face Serbia in the championship final on Sunday at 8:15 p.m. Prague time/2:15 p.m. ET. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.com and FIBA TV.
With six different countries claiming gold at the last six U19 World Championships, either Serbia or the United States is about to capture a second and end that streak. USA enters the title game with a perfect 8-0 record. The Americans handed Serbia (7-1) its only loss of the tournament, a 71-62 Eighth Round decision on Wednesday, July 3.
A win on Sunday would give Robinson his second career Gold Medal in international play. On Saturday, Robinson played 12 minutes and dished out two assists in the game.
Marcus Smart had 18 points and three assists in 18 minutes to pace five players in double digits as the USA remained the only unbeaten team in the competition. Justice Winslow added 15 points and nine rebounds while Aaron Gordon chipped in with 14 points.
Utilizing a disruptive and effective full court defensive press, superb depth, a balanced scoring attack and effective transition offense, the USA jumped ahead in the first quarter with a 10-0 run for a 17-5 lead. The advantage grew to 14 points and the Americans led 25-16 after one quarter. After falling behind by 16 points, Lithuania fought back to within 37-24 before Team USA closed the half on a 10-2 surge for a 47-26 cushion.
Lithuania tried to claw its way back into the game but could only pull within 58-41 after which the Americans went on a 10-0 run and closed the third period up 72-44. However, they would not get any closer the rest of the way and Team USA increased the lead to 44 points in the final period.
Lithuania will face Australia in the Bronze Medal Game.
Games are being broadcast on http://www.livebasketball.tv/ and live stats can be followed at http://fibalivestats.com. More information can be obtained at www.usabasketball.com or http://prague2013.fiba.com/.