Jul 6, 2013 5:57 PM by UL Sports Information
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - As he has in every other game at the FIBA U19 Championship, Elfrid Payton got the start and helped Team USA to a 100-60 victory over Lithuania in the semifinal round on Saturday afternoon.
The win guarantees the Americans a medal, and a berth in the World Championship tomorrow afternoon against Serbia, who defeated Australia 63-58 in the other semifinal bout. Tip-off is slated for 1:15 central standard time, and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and at WatchESPN.com.
USA is now 8-0 in the tournament, previously defeating Serbia 71-62 on July 3.
Payton finished the game with two points, two rebounds, two assists and a team-high three steals, and turned the ball over twice. He shot one-for-three from the field. It was his eighth start of the tournament, and he logged 19 minutes on the court, the third most on the roster.
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State) led the Americans, scoring 18 points, shooting 75 percent from the field, and a perfect four-for-four from the charity stripe. He added three rebounds and two assists.
Justice Winslow (St. Johns High School, Texas) put on a show with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds with many points coming from highlight-reel dunks.
The American's were dominant in the first half, going into the locker room with a 21-point lead. Payton keyed a USA run with five minutes left, picking up his two points on a dunk, and directly followed it up with a steal and an assist.
USA picked up right where they left off in the second half, adding to their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Lithuanians by 12 points in the quarter.
Lithuania had a small surge in the later parts of the third quarter however, bringing the game within 19 points before USA put it away and breezed to a 40-point victory.
The American's went 44-for-74 from the field, shooting 59.5 percent, and went 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. They picked up 42 rebounds including 14 on offense, compared to 15 defensive rebounds by the Lithuanian squad.
USA will take on Serbia in the gold medal game tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. The game will be shown for free on ESPN3 or WatchESPN.com.