Nigeria edges Tunisia 60-56 in men’s basketball

Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points to help Nigeria hold off a

second-half rally by Tunisia in the first game of the men’s Olympic

basketball tournament Sunday with a 60-56 victory.

Nigeria held Tunisia to 15 points in the first half and held a

16-point halftime lead. They led by as many as 19 and seemed in

control of the game.

Tunisia, however, began the second half with a 10-2 run and

closed the gap to two points late in the game.

But Aminu, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, made of

one of two free throws to seal the victory with 11 seconds

remaining.

Amine Rzig scored 15 of his 18 points in the second-half to lead

Tunisia in the Group A game.

It was the Olympic debut for both teams in men’s basketball.