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Basketball: OSU's Marcus Smart helps Americans hammer China

Smart is one of six U.S. players to score in double figures. U.S. uses 11-0 run near the end of the first half to pull away.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 28, 2013

PRAGUE, Czech Republic — Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart was one of six U.S. players in double figures Friday night as the Americans crushed China 113-57 in the FIBA U19 Men's World Basketball Championships. Smart had 11 points for the U.S., which used an 11-0 run near the end of the first half to pull away for good.

The U.S. out-rebounded China 50-14, including a 30-3 advantage in offensive boards. China also committed 32 turnovers against an aggressive American defense that totaled 23 steals. Smart had five steals and has 10 through two tournament games.

The U.S. (2-0) will play Russia (1-1) at 1:15 p.m. (Oklahoma time) on Saturday at the O2 Arena. Russia started the tournament with a two-point loss to the Chinese.