Both teams went into the contest with two wins from two and the quality showed in a titanic struggle which never reduced in intensity from tip to buzzer.
France couldn't get their shooting game going from outside while Russia were barely much better but in the end, the defensive pressure and superior finishing of France around the basket was pivotal (watch French postgame reaction here).
Tied 46-46 after three quarters, France then found themselves 57-53 ahead but couldn't make a decisive break and reach safe ground early.
Consequently it set up a thrilling climax but a missed free-throw by Fedor Klyuchnikov with just 12 seconds to go denied Russia the chance of a possible overtime while Ivlev couldn't force the win on the resulting possession from the offensive rebound.
Point guard Andrew Albicy was again impressive for France with 10 points, 7 assists and 3 steals while centre Ferdinand Prenom enjoyed his night with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Grigory Andreev was the top scorer in the game with 18 points for the losing team.