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Wednesday July 3, 2013 Donovan's U.S. team wins again at U19 World Championships; faces Canada in medal round Friday

Updated: 5:39pm, July 3

Billy Donovan

Gators coach Billy Donovan's U.S. team is unbeaten in the FIBA U19 World Championships. (Photo/USA Basketball)

U.S. coach Billy Donovan forecast a more difficult challenge Wednesday against Serbia following his team’s win Tuesday over Australia in the FIBA U19 World Championships in Prague.

Like Donovan’s U.S. squad, Serbia entered the game perfect in the tournament and is considered a threat to win the title. Donovan was correct -- Serbia offered the most competitive challenge yet for the Americans.

Still, the U.S. was good enough to pull out a 71-62 win and advance to the medal round. Team USA faces Canada on Friday after a much-needed day off Thursday. The win over Serbia was the U.S. team’s sixth game in seven days.

Donovan gave Gators guard Michael Frazier most of Wednesday off. Frazier did not play until entering the game in the final two minutes and did not take a shot. Frazier is shooting 30 percent (15 of 50) in the tournament and 22.2 percent from beyond the arc (8 of 36).

Whitney Young (Ill.) High center Jahlil Okafor led the U.S. with 16 points and Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 points as the Americans improved to 6-0. The U.S. has won by an average of 43.3 points.

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