Group I USA - Greece 108:77 The USA outgunned Greece at the World University Games today. They extended their winning streak to three games after the win and stayed on top of Group I of the Qualifying round of the tournament. Greece slipped at 0-2 record in the pool. Greece and the USA stayed close in the first half. The North American team built a slender 5-point advantage at halftime. But Greece could not keep up with their opponents after the major break. The USA started to dominate every facet of the encounter and raced in front. They unloaded 31 points in the third stanza worth a 21-point lead with ten minutes remaining. The USA stayed aggressive pouring in 33 points in the fourth frame and claiming a comfortable win at the end. Deon Thompson (203-F-88) nailed 17 points for the USA. Quincy Pondexter (198-F) and Lazar Hayward delivered 13 points apiece in the victory. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 25 points for Greece. Savas Tzougkarakis had 21 points and 7 rebounds in the loss. The United States outrebounded their opponents 43:22 and sank solid 60% from the field.
Serbia - Finland 82:70 Serbia claimed a confident win over Finland at the World University Games today. A well-balanced offensive effort helped the hosts to defy Finland in Belgrade as Serbia improved at 2-0 record in Pool I. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Ivan Paunic and Miroslav Raduljica nailed 13 points apiece to lead the home team. Finland slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the pool. Serbia ensured a confident start to the game. They limited the visitors to 9 points in the opening frame and piled up an 11-point advantage after the starting period. Finland reacted with more aggressive basketball in the second stanza. They slowed Serbia down and outscored them to trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. Serbia however quickly rebounded and changed complexion in the second half. They shifted the gear and easily ran away from their opponents. The hosts registered a 23-point advantage into the final period and never looked back en route to the win. Milan Macvan and Dejan Borovnjak finished with 9 points each for Serbia. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) responded with game-high 21 points and 7 boards for Finland. Ville Makalainen had 12 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.
Group J Lithuania - Germany 76:75 Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 18 points to pace Lithuania to a narrow victory over Germany at the World University Games in Belgrade. Lithuania entered the final stanza down by 17 points but managed to erase the deficit. They limited the German team to 9 points in the final frame and stole an incredible win at the end. Lithuania thus managed to stretch the winning streak to three games. Germany lost the third game in a row in Belgrade. The teams stayed close in the first half. Germany earned a 4-point lead at the first break but Lithuania reacted in the second stanza narrowing the gap to 2 points at the interval. But the Bundesteam unleashed a 25:10 rally in the third period to grab a comfortable 17-point buffer at the final break. But Germany seemed to believe in the success a bit too early. Lithuania found the way to resurrect and sneaked past shocked Germany at the end. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 points and collected 10 rebounds for Lithuania. Deividas Gailius and Brazdauskis had 12 points apiece for the winners. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) responded with 21 points for Germany. Maik Zirbes notched 13 points in a bitter defeat. Lithuania outmuscled Germany in the paint grabbing 42 rebounds. The winners also shot 48% from the field.
Romania - Latvia 85:78 Romania grabbed the third win at the World University Games in Serbian capital. They held off Latvia in Group J opener. Latvia in the meantime suffered the first defeat at the tournament. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) was unstoppable for Romania with 28 points and 10 boards. Latvia could not win despite a storming start to the clash. They fired 30 points in the opening frame to account for 13-point advantage after ten minutes. Romania gradually came back to life as Titus Nicoara orchestrated the resurrection. Romania trimmed the margin to 10 points at halftime. They continued to keep Latvia under pressure in the third stanza clipping the distance to just 4 points before the fourth frame. Romania stepped on the gas in the final stanza leaving fatigued Latvia without win in this one. Mihai Silvasan produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for Romania. Ionut Dragusin had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) replied with 26 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia. Arturs Berzins delivered 19 points in the losing case.
Group K Israel - Italy 109:76 Israel easily defeated Italy in the opening game of the Qualifying Round in Group K of the World University Games for both teams. Israel entered the round undefeated and managed to stretch the winning streak to four games. Italy suffered the second loss in three games played at the tournament. Six Israeli players scored in double figures en route to the win. Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Robert Rothbart led the winners with 17 points each. Israel did not waste too much time to build a comfortable buffer. They knocked down 30 points in the first stanza to pile up a 15-point advantage. Israel continued to dominate as they registered 31 points in the second frame worth a 31-point lead at halftime. Italy slowed down their opponents in the second half but it was too late to save the encounter. Israel still got the upper hand as they posted an 86:52 lead into the final quarter. Italy had no chance whatsoever and had to surrender at the end. Yuval Naimi knocked down 14 points for Israel. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) replied with 13 points for Italy. Roberto Prandin and Donato Cutolo finished with 12 points apiece in the losing case.
Russia - Canada 89:77 Russia clinched the third win at the World University Games in Serbia. They outlasted Canada at the start of the second stage of the tournament today. Canada in the meantime suffered the first loss in Belgrade. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) sparked Russia tallying 21 points and 14 rebounds. Dramir Zibirov added 17 points for the winning team. Russia began the game strongly building a 26:16 advantage at the first intermission. Canada could not rebound in the second frame as Russia stayed aggressive. The North American team dominated the boards but could not cope with Russian accuracy and overcome numerous turnovers. The margin grew at 22 points into the major break. Canada went off the dressing room ready to erase the deficit but Russia matched the effort and secured a 22-point lead before the fourth stanza. Canada cut the margin by 10 points in the final frame but could not escape the loss. Evgeniy Kolesnikov notched 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Russia. Chris Dyck (191-G-85) replied with 18 points for Canada. Ross Bekkering had 10 points and 10 caroms in the loss. Canada outrebounded Russia 57:35 but suffered 24 turnovers and sank only 31% from the field.
Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21+14 boards, Dramir Zibirov 17, Evgeniy Kolesnikov 16 Canada: Chris Dyck 18, Ross Bekkering 10+10 boards
Group L Turkey - Ukraine 63:61 Turkish Universiade selection claimed the third straight win in Serbia. They narrowly defeated Ukraine at the beginning of the second stage of the tournament. Ukraine slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) and Eren Beyaz nailed 15 points apiece to lead Turkey to the victory. A low-scoring first frame saw Turkey grab a 17:12 advantage. However Ukraine managed to turn the tables in the second stanza. They reigned under the rims and limited Turkey to just 13 points trimming the distance to a single point at halftime. Turkey increased the tempo in the third frame and capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Ukrainian team. Turkey entered the final stanza ahead by 9 points. Ukraine went on a fierce comeback rally in the fourth term but it was too late. Turkey survived the challenge and sneaked past their opponents at the end. Soner Senturk knocked down 12 points for the winning side. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) and Dmitri Glebov replied with 15 points for Ukraine. Pustozvonov had 9 points and 6 boards in the loss. Turkey will play against Bulgaria, while Ukraine will face Portugal tomorrow.
Bulgaria - Portugal 86:74 Bulgaria stayed unbeaten at the World University Games in Serbia. They toppled Portugal at the start of the second stage of the tournament to top Group L. Portugal suffered the second defeat at the tourney. Six played scored in double figures for Bulgaria as they proved their highest ambitions for the competition. Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85) netted 16 points and pulled down 6 boards to lead the way for the winners. Bulgaria however had to overcome a slow start to the game to come out victorious in this one. Portugal raced in front in the opening stanza and headed into the second frame ahead by 4 points 22:18. Bulgaria needed some first class performance in the second half to gain control. They leveled things up and then spurred in front taking a 42:38 lead at the interval. Portugal were losing the battle under the rims and conceded 28 points in the third quarter trailing by 12 points with ten minutes to go. Bulgaria wisely kept Portugal at safe distance in the fourth quarter and ensured a comfortable victory at the end. Zlatin Georgiev and Vladimir Marinov delivered 14 points each for the winners. Kostov had 13 points for Bulgaria. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) replied with 13 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro canned 12 points in the losing case.
Group M Australia - China 85:79 Australian World University Games selection posted the first win at the tournament. They narrowly defeated China today in the Qualifying Round Group M. Jesse Wagstaff (203-F-86, college: Metro St.) knocked down 27 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to pace the Aussies. China enjoyed a 7-point lead after ten minutes of action but could not maintain the advantage and surrendered at the end. Australia adjusted in the second frame and trimmed the margin at 6 points into the major break. The third quarter proved decisive for the Australian selection. They locked down their defense and held the Asian team to only 13 points. It helped Australia to surge ahead 66:65 after three quarters of action. Australia kept their at bay in the final stanza en route to the initial win in Belgrade. Ben Allen and Anatoly Bose had 12 points each for the winning team. Ren JunFei (202-F-90) answered with 27 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu delivered 18 points and 22 boards in defeat. Australia and China were well-matched on the glass with 46 rebounds apiece. The Aussies capitalized on 20 turnovers from China.
Group N Brazil - UAE 107:49 Brazil earned a cruising win over United Arab Emirates at the World University Games in Serbia. The victory marked the second success for Brazilian team as they were awarded the win over Gabon after no-show from of the African team for the tournament. UAE lost all of their three games at the preliminary round and could not even hope for the success against the Latin American team. UAE lost the starting period by 20 points and struggled to find the rhythm throughout the reminder of the contest. Brazil eased to a 29-point lead at halftime. They followed with a 33:7 run in the third quarter to leave UAE far behind and coasted to the win in the final frame. Rinaldo Mafra (200-F/C-86) scored 20 points to lead Brazil. Luciano Junior had 19 points, while Rafael Silva and Andre Goes finished with 14 points each in the victory. Salah Khalifa replied with 18 points for UAE. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim tallied 13 points, 7 boards, 5 steals and 4 assists in the loss. Brazil outmuscled the Arab team 64:30 under the rim and limited those to just 25% from the field. Brazil sank 56% of their field goals including 8/19 from beyond the arc. Both teams committed 24 turnovers. Brazil will now take on Mexico tomorrow. UAE will face Mexico on Wednesday.
Group O Japan - South Africa 107:61 Japan posted the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They dismantled South Africa in Group O today. The African team remained winless as they suffered the third straight defeat at the tournament. Kosuke Kanamaru knocked down 19 points to lead Japan. Takatoshi Furukawa had 18 points in the winning effort. Amogelang Keogatile (193-G-88) replied with 15 points and 12 boards for South Africa. Japan scored eagerly in the opening stanza as they accounted for 30 points. It helped the Asian team to pile up an 8-point lead into the second stanza. South Africa could not pick up the slack as Japan started to get away in the second quarter. Japan outgunned their opponents by 19 points in the second stanza to grab a 27-point halftime lead. Japan never slowed down in the second half. They wrote in 32 more points in the third stanza to enter the final period with an insurmountable advantage. South Africa had no answers for the onslaught and had to surrender at the end. Yuki Mitsuhara delivered 13 points for the winners. Celemusa Khumalo notched 12 points in the loss.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 10 months ago
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Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northe... [read more]
Less than a year after Bill Self's Kansas program represented the United States at the World University Games and won the country's first men's basketball gold medal at the event since 2005, another Division I program announced that it will represent the nation at next year's World University games. Tuesday morning it was announced that next summer it will be Purdue that represents the country at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Matt Painter 's program joins Kansas and Northern Iowa (2007) as programs that have been selected to represent the United States at the World University Games. This won't be Painter's first experience with USA Basketball, as he was an assistant on Jamie Dixon 's staff that led the U19 team to gold at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships in New Zealand. He was also head coach of the 2011 World University Games team, leading the United States to a fifth-place finish in Shenzhen, China. Amongst the players on the current roster, rising sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan was a member of the United States U17 and U19 teams, winning gold at the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championships and the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championships. Leading up to next year's event it will also be interesting to see if Painter fills out his roster with a couple players from other programs. Last year's World University Games roster had two non-Jayhawks, SMU point guard Nicolas Moore (175-PG-92) and FGCU shooting guard Julian DeBose (193-G-92). Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT
The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout t... [read more]
Germany - USA 77-84 2OT The USA celebrated the Gold medals at the World University Games. They defeated Germany in double-overtime thriller. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) stepped up with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the champions. Team USA claimed a 20:13 lead after ten minutes. Germany narrowed the gap in the second term. They pulled within 5 points at the interval 33:38. Germany triggered a 21:16 run in the third term to even things up at 54. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth frame and first overtime. The USA dropped 11 points in the second extra period and sealed the victory. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) provided 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the win. Maodo Lo (190-G-92) answered with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Germany. Niklas Geske (188-PG-94) had 11 points in the defeat.
Brazil - Russia 72-80 Russia stepped onto the pedestal in Gwangju. Pavel Antipov (204-F-91) recorded 22 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Russia grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Brazil narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at the interval. But Russia stepped onto the gas in the second half. They unloaded 49 points after the big break and rallied to the victory. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 13 points in the win. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Brazil.
USA and Germany advance into Final in Gwangju - 2 Years ago
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USA - Russia 78-68
The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and mar... [read more]
USA - Russia 78-68 The USA advanced into the World University Games Final. They held off Russian in an exciting semifinal clash. Perry Ellis (203-F-93) scored 23 points to pace the winners. Russia gained an 18:14 lead after the opening quarter. But the USA responded with a 28-point outburst to secure a 42:39 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 5-point mark at the final intermission. The North American team held Russia to just 12 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Wayne Selden (196-SF-94) netted 22 points, while Frank Mason (180-PG) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Ivan Strebkov (192-PG-91) answered with 20 points for Russia. Artem Vikhrov (196-PG-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) had 11 points in the loss.
Germany - Brazil 59-49 Germany overcame Brazil in the semifinal clash in Gwangju. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) posted 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace the winners. Germany eked out a narrow 24:23 halftime lead. The European team accounted for a 2-point lead before the fourth term. Germany held their opponents to just 11 points in the final frame and raced to the victory. Hans-George Brase (203-F-93) provided 10 points in the win. Lucas Dias Silva (209-F-95) responded with 11 points for Brazil.
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