July 3, 2009
BELGRADE, Serbia - Washington State University men's basketball rising-senior Nikola Koprivica scored six points as Serbia defeated Greece, 81-50, Thursday at the World University Games in Koprivica's hometown of Belgrade.
"It was the first game and we were playing in front of a home crowd. When you're playing in front of a home crowd, you want to show the best you've got," Koprivica said. "At first we started a little slow, but later on, we just played our game. It was our first win, a good way to start."
The game was the opening matchup for each team, competing in preliminary Group A action. Koprivica, a 6-foot-6 guard, added six rebounds to his six points in the victory. Marko Keselj led Serbia (1-0) with 15 points, while Dejan Borovnjak added 14 points.
"I think I did well, played pretty good defense, had two field goals, scored some points," Koprivica added. "Overall I'm happy, but I'm waiting for some tougher games, where we have to compete at a higher level."
Greece (0-1) was led by Sotirios Manolopoulos with 14 points, two assists and two steals, as he was the only member of the Greece squad to reach double figures.
Serbia outshot Greece 41 percent to 32 percent from the field, while the Serbians pulled down 49 rebounds compared to the Greeks' 31 boards.
Serbia continues action Saturday, July 4 as it takes on Australia in Group A action. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. local time, 11 a.m. PDT, at Belgrade Arena.
"I really don't know a lot about them (Australia) ye," Koprivica said. They play Greece tomorrow and we're going to watch. I heard there's a lot of guys from U.S. colleges on the team, a lot of guys from Saint Mary's. We're going to check them out tomorrow and we'll know more about them then."