Originally created 08/25/06

U.S. unblemished after first round



Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Chris Bosh scored 20 points and LeBron James added 17 to lead the United States to a 103-58 victory over Senegal on Thursday night, completing an unbeaten run through pool play at the FIBA world championships.

Greece beat Turkey 76-69 on Thursday to join the United States, Spain and Argentina as the fourth unbeaten top seed in the round of 16 that starts Saturday in Saitama, Japan.

The United States will play Australia in the second round.

GROUP A

ARGENTINA 83,

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO 79

Luis Scola scored 22 points to lead Argentina (5-0), the reigning Olympic champions.

NIGERIA 95, LEBANON 72

Ebi Ere, who played at Oklahoma from 2001-03, had 19 points for Nigeria (2-3), which had six players score in double figures.

FRANCE 81, VENEZUELA 61

Florent Pietrus scored 19 points for France (3-2), which finished second in the group.

GROUP B

GERMANY 108, ANGOLA 103 (3 OT)

Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 of his 47 points in the third overtime for Germany (4-1) in the first triple-overtime game in the history of the world championships.

NEW ZEALAND 86, PANAMA 75

Craig Bradshaw scored 17 points to lead New Zealand (2-3), which lost its first three games.

SPAIN 104, JAPAN 55

Pau Gasol had 21 points and 16 rebounds to lead Spain (5-0), which shot 59 percent from the field.

GROUP C

AUSTRALIA 93, QATAR 46

Mark Worthington scored 17 points for Australia (2-3), which opened the second half with a 16-0 run.

LITHUANIA 79, BRAZIL 74

Arvydas Macijauskas scored 21 points for Lithuania (3-2).

GREECE 76, TURKEY 69

Lazaros Papadopoulos and Mihalis Kakiouzis both scored 17 points to lead Greece (5-0) in the matchup of unbeaten teams.

GROUP D

CHINA 78, SLOVENIA 77

Wang Shipeng hit a 3-pointer as time expired for China (2-3).

ITALY 73, PUERTO RICO 72

Denis Marconato and Mason Rocca, who played at Princeton from 1996-2000, each had 10 points for Italy (4-1).