Duncan, Hadziomerovic Begin International Competitions

June 27, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men's basketball incoming freshman Nicholas Duncan helped power Australia to a 90-46 win against Senegal in its opening game at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships Thursday, in Prague, Czech Republic.

Duncan started the game for Australia and was perfect from the floor en route to scoring 11 points. He hit all four of his field goal attempts, including a three-pointer. Duncan also pulled down nine rebounds in his 18 minutes of action as the Emus (Australia's junior national team) rolled to victory. The team will be back on the floor Friday, taking on Serbia at 7:30 a.m. MDT. Follow all of the tournament action HERE.

The Emus are in Group C with Brazil, Senegal and Serbia, for the 16-team preliminary round. Serbia also won its first game, defeating Brazil 65-50.

Boise State rising junior Igor Hadziomerovic was recently named to the Australian squad for the 2013 World University Games, to be held July 7-16, in Kazan, Russia. Hadziomerovic and the rest of the team are currently in China for the Stankovic Continental Cup, where they will play five games in six days in preparation for the World University Games.

Hadziomerovic and Australia rallied to down Argentina 62-59 Thursday, in its first game of the Stankovic Cup. The team will take on China, Puerto Rico and Germany in consecutive days beginning Friday, before an off day is followed by the finale Tuesday, against Nigeria. The Australian team has claimed a medal at four of the past five editions of the tournament, including gold in 2009 and silver in 2012.

Australia will open the World University Games July 7, against the Czech Republic. Australia will be in Group C for the preliminary rounds along with Canada, Czech Republic, Sweden, United Arab Emirates and United States. Hadziomerovic and company will square off against Team USA July 11. Follow all of the tournament action HERE.

Hadziomerovic played with the Boomers (Australia's senior national team) during the four-game Sino-Australia Challenge earlier this month, his first stint with the Olympic-level squad. Australia and China tied the series, winning two games apiece.

Duncan and his Emu teammates are looking to build on the success Hadziomerovic and fellow Bronco rising junior Anthony Drmic enjoyed with Australia at the 2011 U19 World Championships. The Bronco duo led the Emus to an appearance in the quarterfinals.

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