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Lithuania holds on to beat New Zealand 76-71 and reach World Cup quarterfinals

  • New Zealand's Mika Vukona, right, holds the ball during Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match between New Zealand and Lithuania at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    New Zealand's Mika Vukona, right, holds the ball during Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match between New Zealand and Lithuania at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Zealand's Casey Frank, left, vies for the ball over Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas, second left, during Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match between New Zealand and Lithuania at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    New Zealand's Casey Frank, left, vies for the ball over Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas, second left, during Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match between New Zealand and Lithuania at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Zealand's Casey Frank, rear, vies for the ball with Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas during their Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    New Zealand's Casey Frank, rear, vies for the ball with Lithuania's Jonas Valanciunas during their Basketball World Cup Round of 16 match at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition will take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 through to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Jonas Valanciunas scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as Lithuania held on to beat New Zealand 76-71 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Basketball World Cup on Sunday.

Lithuania lined up to observe the Tall Blacks' ceremonial "haka," and then went to work overpowering New Zealand with its taller inside players.

But guard Corey Webster, who finished with 26 points, spurred New Zealand's rally from 15 points down to take a one-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

Valanciunas answered by making four free throws and two inside baskets for the reigning bronze medalists.

Lithuania will meet the winner of Turkey and Australia's round-of-16 game played later at Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi.