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USA Comes Back to Beat Slovenia at U19 World Cup, Dailey Scores in Double Figures

The Americans had a tough time with Slovenia but found a way to win.



The United States U19 team scored 59 fewer points against Slovenia than the Americans did against Madagascar, but the win was all that mattered.

The USA beat Slovenia 77-72 on Sunday in Hungary as part of the FIBA U19 World Cup. Incoming Oklahoma State freshman Eric Dailey Jr. poured in 11 points to go with five rebounds. He was one of four Americans in double figures.

The Americans trailed for much of the game as Slovenia was able to slow to pace. The Slovenians packed the paint and forced the Americans to shoot 3s, where the US was just 4-for-23 (17%) on the day after going 9-for-24 (38%) against Madagascar. Slovenia led for 29:24 whereas the United State led for only 6:29, but the US was able to outscore Slovenia 25-11 in the fourth quarter to win.

Dailey played 18 minutes and went 5-for-9 from the field with two of his misses coming from 3-point range. Through two games at the U19 World Cup, Dailey averages 11.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game while shooting 55% from the field.

Dailey comes to OSU as a four-star prospect ranked as highly as the No. 33 player in the 2023 class.

OSU coach Mike Boynton is an assistant with the Americans.

The United State advance to 2-0 in group play in Hungary and will finish group play against 0-2 Lebanon on Tuesday.

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