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France fends off Nigeria in men's hoops

London, England (Sports Network) - Nicolas Batum scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds to help France post a 79-73 win over Nigeria in the men's Olympic basketball tournament.

Mickael Gelabale totaled 11 points and Boris Diaw added 10 for France (4-1), which advanced to the quarterfinals. The French wound up second in Group A and will meet Spain in the elimination round on Wednesday.

France never trailed in the game, but Nigeria (1-4) did tie the game at 62 when Chamberlain Oguchi drained one of his eight three-pointers with 5:30 remaining in the fourth quarter. Batum knocked down a tiebreaking trey and hit another three-pointer inside the final minute to put France up 79-70.

Oguchi finished with 35 points in defeat.

08/06 19:51:04 ET