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With Okogie, U.S. U19 team finishes group play undefeated

Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (shown here against Angola) was held to two points but secured seven rebounds in the U.S. U19 team’s win over Italy Tuesday. (USA Basketball)
Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (shown here against Angola) was held to two points but secured seven rebounds in the U.S. U19 team’s win over Italy Tuesday. (USA Basketball)

With Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie coming off the bench, the U.S. U19 team completed group play undefeated at the FIBA U19 World Cup with a win over Italy Tuesday in Cairo.

Okogie, the first active Tech player to make a U.S. roster since 1995, scored two points in 18 minutes but contributed seven rebounds, a block and a steal in the 98-65 win over Italy.

As winners of Group D at 3-0, the U.S. team will play Mali, the last-place finisher in Group C on at 9:30 a.m.a Wednesday. The winner will play the New Zealand-Germany winner in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Through three games, Okogie is third on the team in rebounding with 6.7 per game and is averaging 7.0 points per game.