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Australia gets narrow win over Jordan at Worlds


Posted Aug 28 2010 1:05PM

KAYSERI, Turkey (AP) -- David Andersen had 22 points, including two late free throws, and Australia beat surprising Jordan 76-75 on Saturday in the opening round of the basketball worlds.

Center Alex Maric had 23 points and nine rebounds for Australia (1-0), which didn't take its first lead until Maric's rebound basket made it 56-55 at the end of the third quarter.

Zaid Abbas had 20 points for Jordan (0-1). Rasheim Wright added 16 points but he missed a layup in the final seconds and Australia got the rebound and held on for the win.

"We were very lucky to escape with a win,'' Australia coach Brett Brown said. "We recognize we were fortunate to claw back and snatch a win.''

Jordan, which led by as many as 11 points, did not practice or play a game for eight months after the country's Olympic committee suspended the basketball federation for "administrative and financial violations.'' The team did not get together again until shortly before the worlds.

"It was a disaster,'' Jordan coach Mario Palma said. "We are trying to recover from this disaster, but we are not in the shape we are supposed to be. Most of my players have not played an official game for eight months.

"Otherwise, maybe we could have beaten Australia today, we lost a big opportunity. We can play hard against any team. Maybe we can't beat them all but we can give them tough games. We can compete against any team here.''

Maric and Andersen added nine rebounds each.

"They really exposed us inside in the second half,'' said Jordan guard Osama Daghles, who had nine assists and seven points. "But we gave it away.''

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