Slovenia beats Serbia, qualifies for World CupSlovenia'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.