Likekele tallies 11, Americans advance to gold medal game

Isaac Likelele

OSU guard Isaac Likekele tries to dribble past a West Virginia defender during OSU's 85-77 win against West Virginia on Saturday in Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Oklahoma State’s Isaac Likekele had another great outing for the United States en route to a 102-67 victory over Lithuania in the U19 FIBA World Cup semifinal. 

In 18 minutes on Saturday, Likekele posted 11 points, 3 rebounds, an assist.. Likekele’s 11 points came off an efficient 5-for-9 from the field and 1-for-2 on 3-pointers. 

With the victory on Saturday, the U.S. will play against Mali for the U19 2019 Fiba World Cup title. This game will be held on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. central time and can be viewed on ESPN+. 

The U.S. is looking to win it’s seventh U19 World Cup championship since the tournament began in 1979.

Their six U19 titles is the most out of any other country in the world. No other team has more than one title and only seven other countries have won the tournament.

OSU players have had success in this tournament. Matt Clark (1979), Marcus Smart (2013), and Jawun Evans (2015) all won gold playing for the United States. Likekele is looking to join them and the other 22 OSU players who have won gold medals in international play.