AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Rutgers rising sophomore guard Mike Rosario (Jersey City, N.J.) scored a game-high 21 points, but it was not enough as Puerto Rico dropped a 92-70 decision to Argentina Sunday at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships. Puerto Rico concludes the Championships in sixth place out of the 16 participating nations with a 5-4 record.
Rosario averaged 24.0 points-per-game to finish the Championships as the event’s overall scoring leader. He made 44-of-54 (81.5) free throw attempts and averaged 4.7 rebounds, while playing an average of 29.2 minutes-per-game.
After taking a 21-15 first quarter lead, Argentina outscored Puerto Rico 20-15 in the second stanza to enter the locker room at the midpoint with a 41-30 advantage. The teams offered a balanced third quarter, before Argentina pulled away in the final stanza thanks to its effective transition game.
Argentina shot 52.1 percent (37-71), while Puerto Rico made 27-of-68 (39.7 percent) from the field. Argentina also out-rebounded Puerto Rico by a 44-26 margin.
The United States won the Championships crown, defeating Greece 88-80 in the title game to conclude the event with a 9-0 record. BOX SCORE