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Likekele all-around contributor in USA win against Russia.


Oklahoma State's Isaac Likekele attempts to drive to the basket while being guarded by TCU's Kendrick Davis during the Oklahoma State vs TCU Big 12 Conference men's basketball game at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Feb. 18, 2019.

The United States defeated Russia 95-80 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Cup behind an impressive performance from one of Oklahoma State’s own, Isaac Likekele. 

Likekele, a rising sophomore guard on OSU’s men’s basketball team, contributed five points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists. Likekele also shot a solid 3-for-4 from the free throw line.

Friday’s win over Russia means that the United States will now face off against Lithuania. These two squads played each other in group play on June 30 when team USA came away with the 102-84 victory. During that matchup, Likekele had a great shooting performance scoring 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. 

Another player to look out for on team USA is Reginald Perry, who contributed 28 points on 10-for-15 shooting vs. Russia on Friday. Perry will be a sophomore at Mississippi State. 

The winner of this coming game will advance to the FIBA U19 World Cup final on Sunday. Both games can be seen on ESPN+.