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Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Japan beat Egypt for third victory at U19 World Cup

UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura hangs on the rim after dunking against Washington in a December game. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura hangs on the rim after dunking against Washington in a December game. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura scored 16 of his 18 points after halftime to help Japan to a 76-73 overtime victory against Egypt at the FIBA U19 World Cup.

Hachimura was just 4 of 13 from the field but the sophomore forward made 9 of 12 at the free-throw line. He hit a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left to put Japan up by three. Egypt misfired on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Hachimura grabbed 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the tournament. He also had four assists, four blocks, two steals and six turnovers in 39-plus minutes.

Japan, which evened its record at 3-3, takes on Puerto Rico in the 9th/10th place game.

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