BUENOS AIRES, AUG. 10 -- The United States ran past Spain today, 95-85, to advance to the quarterfinals of the men's World Championships.
The United States finished group play at 3-0 and likely will face the host country as the top seed from Group C.
Kenny Anderson, Billy Owens and Christian Laettner lead the way.
Anderson finished with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. He took over the game late in the first half when the United States took its first double-figure lead, hitting a jumper with 2:13 left in the half to make it 41-38. After Jorge Villacampa answered with a basket, Anderson made it 42-40 with a free throw with 1:39 left. Then, 15 seconds later, he found Laettner free inside for a three-point play and he and Lee Mayberry each hit a three-pointer for a 51-41 lead with three seconds left in the half.
"It's important for me to keep my composure and confidence. I don't care if I'm zero for 30, I'm going to try to make that free throw or three-pointer that can make a difference," said Anderson, who missed his first four shots from the field and was four for 15 for the game, but made nine of 11 free throws.
In other action, Puerto Rico upset Goodwill Games champion Yugoslavia, 82-75, to advance to the quarterfinals. Greece also advanced. Yugoslavia had already qualified.