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Likekele and Team USA win gold in Greece

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OSU guard Isaac Likekele drives to the basket against Kansas State forwards Xavier Sneed (20) and Makol Mawien (14) during the Oklahoma State-Kansas State Big 12 Conference men’s basketball game at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater on Feb. 2, 2019.

Oklahoma State guard Isaac Likekele and the United States took the gold medal on Sunday with a 93-79 victory against Mali at the FIBA U19 World Cup. 

Likekele continued his impressivre play, posting nine points, 10 rebounds and two assists in the final. 

Likekele’s team-high 10 rebounds helped Team USA outrebounded its opponents 59-43. 

The United States has seven FIBA U19 World Cup titles. 

Likekele joined Matt Clark (1979), Marcus Smart (2013) and Jawun Evans (2015) as Cowboys who have won the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup. OSU representatives have now won 23 gold medals in international play with USA basketball.

Throughout the tournament, Likekele averaged 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals. 

Other familiar faces who performed well on Sunday were Tyrese Haliburton, a fellow Big-12 player at Iowa State and Cade Cunningham, a 5-star recruit from Texas who has an offer from Oklahoma State.  Haliburton had a team-high eight assists and Cunningham led the offensive charge with 21 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.

Team USA’s Reginald Perry was named the 2019 FIBA World Cup MVP.