MALAGA, Spain — David Robinson of Navy hit a jumper from the side with a minute remaining in the game Wednesday to give the United States a 73-72 victory over Puerto Rico, the Americans' fourth straight victory in Group C at the World Basketball Championships.
Puerto Rico's Mario Morales stole the ball from Kenny Smith of North Carolina with five seconds left and missed a layup at the buzzer that would have given Puerto Rico (1-3) the victory.
In the final minute, possession changed at least six times on errant passes and steals.
Puerto Rico's Jerome Mincy, who played for the University of Alabama Birmingham, missed the first of a one-and-one situation with 24 seconds left that could have given Puerto Rico the lead.
Steve Kerr grabbed the rebound. Under international rules, there is a 30-second clock, so there was no need for the United States to shoot. Smith, however, attempted to score, and the United States lost possession to Morales, who made the final attempt.