Auburn basketball center Austin Wiley isn’t going to taste gold for a second straight summer after all.
Wiley recorded 13 points and 17 rebounds Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the FIBA U19 World Cup gold-medal game as Canada knocked off Team USA, 99-87.
Wiley led all players with his 17 rebounds — an incredible 9 coming on the offensive glass — which kept up his double-double average in Egypt and set a new tournament best for himself.
The Canadians were led by a red-hot R.J. Barrett, who poured in 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the big semifinal win.
Wiley went 5 for 9 from the field and just 3 for 7 from the free-throw line in the loss. He only had 1 turnover and one foul in a tournament-high 30 minutes, finishing the day with a team-high efficiency rating of +23.
The rising Auburn sophomore center will captain his team, coached by Kentucky’s John Calipari, in the bronze-medal game on Sunday against Spain. The game will tip off at noon ET and will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.
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