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2016 Rio Olympic Basketball Segment 2 Recap: George leads USA to big win

The second segment of the 2016 Rio Olympic basketball games are complete, and only four undefeated teams remain.

Olympics: Basketball-Men's Team-Preliminary Round USA vs VEN Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The second segment of the 2016 Rio Olympic basketball is complete, and Australia, United States, Lithuania and Argentina remain undefeated. Luckily for us hoops fans, these four teams will be squaring off in the third segment, with the Americans and Aussies on Wednesday and Lithuanians and Argentines on Thursday. Here’s a look back at the results of the second segment.

Mountain West Results

Australia 95, Serbia 80

The Aussies snatched its second victory of the Rio Games with a cruising 95-80 win over the Serbians. Few pundits believed Australia would be this competitive, but the ballers Down Under have played near-perfect basketball on the offensive end en route to two easy victories.

Two former Mountain West players appeared in this one, ex-Utah Ute Andrew Bogut and New Mexico Lobo Cameron Bairstow. Bogut dominated a soft French froncourt in the first game, but the Dallas Mavericks center finished Monday with a modest nine points in 24 minutes. Bairstow wasn’t nearly as effective, as he connected on only one field goal attempt in 12 minutes of playing time off the bench.

The stars of the show for Australia were Patty Mills (26 points) and Matthew Dellavedova (23 points), who will have to shine in order to upset the Americans Wednesday afternoon.

United States 113, Venezuela 69

Another day, another monster upset for this year’s “Dream Team.” Last time out, the U.S. walloped China by a final score of 119-62. This game was significantly closer in margin of victory, but a 30-8 run in the second quarter by the Americans left this game with few questions to be answered.

The star of Monday’s matchup was a familiar face: former Fresno State guard Paul George. The Indiana Pacers All-Star knocked down six of his seven shot attempts and finished with 20 points for the United States. Though the Americans shined down the stretch, there was no bigger highlight Monday than this tomahawk jam by George .

Lithuania 89, Nigeria 80

It hasn’t been an enjoyable experience on the hardwood for former Mountain West stars Michael Umeh (UNLV) and Andy Ogide (Colorado State) as the Nigerians fall to 0-2. Nigeria held a 41-36 advantage at half time before yielding a 29-13 run to Lithuania in the third period Tuesday afternoon.

Ex-Runnin’ Rebel Michael Umeh finished second in scoring to only Ike Diogu with 17 points in 26 minutes. He logged only five points in 21 minutes in the 94-66 loss to Argentina earlier this week.

Ogide, the former Ram, had a quiet performance with five points in 15 minutes of play.

Other Results

France 88, China 60

A dismal second quarter put the Chinese behind for good as the French dominated China Monday afternoon. Nando de Colo helped France with 19 points in 20 minutes of play.

Brazil 66, Spain 65

Brazil held off Spain for its first Group B victory. Marcelo Huertas and Marcus Vinicius Marquinhos combined for 22 points Tuesday.

Argentina 90, Croatia 82

Despite a late comeback attempt, Argentina picked up its second win in as many games over the Croatians Tuesday night. Luis Scola led Argentina with 23 points and Manu Ginobili added 13.

Upcoming Schedule

Wednesday - Group A

Serbia (1-1) vs. France (1-1) - 1:15pm ET

Australia (2-0) vs. United States (2-0) - 6pm ET

Venezuela (0-2) vs. China (0-2) - 9:30pm ET

Thursday - Group B

Brazil (1-1) vs. Croatia (1-1) - 1:15pm ET

Nigeria (0-2) vs. Spain (0-2) - 6pm ET

Lithuania (2-0) vs. Argentina (2-0) - 9:30pm ET