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Monday July 1, 2013 Donovan's U.S. U19 Team improves to 4-0 with 25-point win over Brazil

Updated: 4:44pm, July 1

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Billy Donovan-led U.S. U19 Team playing in the FIBA World Championships won its first three games in Prague by margins of 59, 56 and 68 points.

The Ivory Coast, China and Russia offered little resistance as the U.S. stomped into the second round of the tournament Monday to face Brazil.

Billy Donovan, Michael Frazier

If the Brazilians are into moral victories, they can take solace in keeping the Americans within 30 points. The U.S. improved to 4-0 with a 91-66 win Monday afternoon. Eight players scored seven or more points for the U.S. as Donovan’s squad advanced to face Australia on Tuesday (2:15 p.m. ET).

Following Saturday’s 115-47 dismantling of Russia, Donovan was pleased at how quickly his team has developed.

“I think we’re getting better and the chemistry to me is something that’s been great,’’ he said. “I think our guys understand that we’ve got 12 good players and probably fewer minutes from everyone is going to be more for our team in just trying to play at a high intensity level.”

Gators sophomore guard Michael Frazier scored five points Monday, hitting 2 of 12 shots and 1 of 9 from 3-point range. Frazier has struggled with his shot in the tournament as have several of his teammates. Frazier is shooing 8-for-35 (22.8 percent) in the first four games.

Still, the Americans are winning with a stifling pressure defense that limited Brazil to 35 percent shooting Monday.

The U.S. is trying to win the U19 World Championship for only the second time in the last seven tournaments.

You can click here for a photo gallery from the USA’s 91-66 victory.

Click here for the official box score.

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