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Slovenia beats Serbia, qualifies for World Cup

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Slovenia beats Serbia, qualifies for World Cup

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Slovenia's Zoran Dragic, left, leaps for a basket past Serbia's Nemanja Nedovic, right, during their …

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Slovenia earned a place in next year's World Cup by beating Serbia 92-74 at the European basketball championship on Thursday.

Zoran Dragic scored 23 points for Slovenia in a game between two quarterfinal losers. Slovenia will play for fifth place and Serbia for seventh.

Seventh place will be enough for a slot at the World Cup because host Spain is a direct qualifier and is already in the European semifinals.

Slovenia outscored Serbia 30-16 in the first quarter and held on to win. Goran Dragic and Jaka Blazic added 15 points each for Slovenia.

Nenad Krstic had 16 for Serbia, which went 2-for-18 from 3-point range.

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