Slovenia beats Serbia, qualifies for World Cup

NESHA STARCEVIC (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated PressSeptember 19, 2013
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 EuroBasket European Basketball Championship classification 5th to 8th place play off match in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

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.