United Arab Emirates - Romania 37-68 Romania earned a key victory at World University Games in Shenzhen. They defeated UAE on the final day of the preliminary round to book their spot in quarterfinals. Romania improved at 3-2 record and occupied the second position in Group A. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) stepped up with impressive 20 points and 18 rebounds to pace the winners. UAE suffered the fifth loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Romania surged ahead early in the encounter and piled up a 22:13 lead at the first intermission. UAE cut the deficit to just six points in the second term but the European team recovered and registered a 31:20 halftime buffer. Romania tipped off the second half on a 12:2 run to take a 21-point advantage. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) produced 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 13 points in the winning effort. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) and Jasim Abdalla (202-C-88) replied with 10 points apiece for UAE.
Brazil - Czech Republic 69-85 Czech Republic overcame Brazil on the final day of preliminary round at World University Games in Shenzhen. Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) stepped up with 22 points to lead the European side. Both teams are now locked at 3-2 record in Group A ladder. Czech Republic set the tone early in the game. They held Brazil to 10 points in the opening frame to post an 8-point lead 18:10. The Czech team stretched the margin to 14 points midway through the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by 12 points 44:32. Brazil trimmed the deficit but still trailed by as many as 7 points at the final intermission 45:52. Czech Republic quickly boosted the gap to double figures in the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) accounted for 19 points, while Tomas Macela (179-G-88) finished with 13 points in the win. Ralfi Ansaloni (211-C-87) answered with 21 points for Brazil. Michael Machado (185-G-90) posted 20 points in defeat.
China - Germany 51-75 Germany stayed perfect at World University Games in Shenzhen. They overwhelmed China tonight to clinch 5-0 record on top of Group A advancing into quarterfinal round. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) stepped up with 15 points for Germany. China in the meantime fell at 1-4 record in the fourth place in the ladder. China managed to pull in front and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. The hosts secured an 18:16 lead at the first break. But Germany opened the second term on a 10:1 run to spur in front. The visitors established a 33:28 halftime advantage. Germany capped the third term on a 12:2 run to clear off to a 21-point distance. Germany stayed comfortable in charge throughout the fourth frame and drove to the victory at the end. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (207-C-90, agency: Court Side) and Karsten Tadda (189-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Li Yuanyu (206-C-91) responded with 15 points for China. Shi Hongfei (180-PG-93) had 8 points in the losing effort.
Turkey - Australia 82-74 Turkey registered the second win at World University Games. They overcame Australia leaving those with no chance of qualifying into the quarterfinals. Both teams are now tied at 2-2 record in Group B. Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) came up with 22 points to pace the winners. Australia posted a narrow 20:19 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the advantage for some time in the second quarter but Turkey surged ahead late in the first half. They rallied to a 42:33 halftime advantage. Turkey stayed confident throughout the third frame posting a 60:53 lead with ten minutes to go. They stretched the margin in the fourth frame and shielded off the lead till the final buzzer. Can Ozcan posted 16 points, wjhile Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) notched 10 points each in the victory. Triantafillos Iliadis (190-G-89) and Ryan Broekhoff (198-F/G-90) responded with 16 points apiece for Australia. Corey Maynard (190-G-91) netted 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.
Canada - Hong Kong 83-50 Canada registered the third win at World University Games in China. They overcame Hong Kong to clinch the top position in Group B. Warren Ward (196-G-89) accounted for 17 points to lead the effort. Hong Kong suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament. Honk Kong came up with arguably their best performance at the tournament when they stayed in charge against Canada in the first period. Canada eventually denied the deficit and levelled things up at 14 after ten minutes. But the North American side shook off sloppiness and erupted for an 18:4 run at the start of the second period. Canada built a 40:22 lead at the interval. They dominated in the third term recording a 60:34 advantage into the fourth period. Canada never slowed down and rolled to a confident win at the end. Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91) and Cole Hobin (198-G-89) delivered 12 points each in the victory. Mok Ka Chun (203-C-88) and Chan Yik Lun (190-G-87) answered with 8 points apiece in the loss.
Japan - Philippines 112-44 Japan dismantled Philippines on the final day of preliminary round at World University Games. The victory propelled Japan to 2-3 record in Group C. Philippines on the other hand suffered the fifth loss in a row. Japan started the game aggressively and ensured a 15:3 lead midway through the opening quarter. They posted a 28:11 lead at the first intermission. Japan fired 32 points in the second term to boost the gap to as many as 37 points 60:23. Japan tipped off the third quarter on a 20:5 rally to aggravate the damage. They entered the fourth frame leading by 54 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) posted 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Japan. Daisuke Kobayashi (188-G-87) and Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) notched 14 points each in the win. June Mar Fajardo (196-C-89) and Arvin Kim Gomez (183-F-91) replied with 12 points each for Philippines.
New Zealand - Ukraine 64-84 Ukraine celebrated the third win at the World University Games in China. They toppled New Zealand but still could not make it into quarterfinals. Ukraine improved 3-2 record and occupied the third spot in the standings. New Zealand fell at 1-4 record in the fifth position in Group C. Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) stepped up with 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Ukraine opened the game on a 10:2 run. They established an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Ukraine stunned the Kiwis with a 13:0 run at the start of the second quarter to clear off. Ukraine established a 43:29 halftime advantage. The European team maintained the lead throughout the third term. Ukraine entered the fourth frame up by 22 points 64:42. New Zealand never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Dmytro Khodov (201-F-87) posted 13 points, while Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) added 12 points in the win. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) answered with 20 points for New Zealand. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) posted 17 points in the losing effort.
Russia - Lithuania 77-62 Russia kept their record spotless at the end of preliminary round of World University Games. They held off Lithuania to secure 5-0 record on top of Group C. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. Lithuania fell at 4-1 record after the loss and occupied the second position in the standings. Russia stayed in front throughout the starting quarter. They recorded a 17:12 lead at the first break. Lithuania opened the second term on a 10:4 run to put their noses in front. The lead changed hands before Russia ensured a 34:30 halftime advantage. The seesaw action continued throughout the third period. Russia managed to post a 51:45 lead at the final break. They stretched the gap to 10 points midway through the fourth frame and never looked back again. Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) posted 16 points, while Andrey Mateyunas (180-PG-88) added 13 points in the win. Gediminas Zyle (209-C-88) answered with 22 points for Lithuania. Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) netted 15 points in the losing case.
Mexico - Finland 62-73 Finland advanced into the World University Games quarterfinals. They held off Mexico in the crucial encounter in Group D to clinch the second position. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) stepped up with 20 points to lead the charge. Mexico fell at the third spot in the ladder. Mexico stormed into the game. They led 12:3 midway through the opening quarter. Mexico secured a 24:17 lead after ten minutes. But Finland gradually picked up the tempo. The European team erased the deficit and levelled things up at 40 after twenty minutes. Finland pulled in front early in the third frame. They registered a 52:45 lead in the third term. But Mexico capped the quarter on a 10:3 run to draw things level. The teams stayed knotted at 61 midway through the fourth period. But then Finland triggered a 12:1 surge and raced to the victory at the end. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) posted 12 points and 16 rebounds, while Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) added 11 points each in the win. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) answered with 19 points for Mexico. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-87) and Francisco Cruz (191-G-89) had 13 points each in the loss.
USA - Israel 94-84 USA earned the fifth straight win at World University Games in Shenzhen. They prevailed against Israel in a tough battle on the final day of preliminary round action. Jamychal Green (206-F-90) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. Israel fell at 2-3 record in the fourth position in Group D. USA stayed in charge throughout the opening frame. They recorded a 27:23 lead after ten minutes. But Israel denied the deficit. They pulled in front for a 43:41 halftime advantage. Israel stayed in front for some time in the third term. However the North American team stepped on the gas and snatched a 70:62 lead with one quarter remaining. They cleared off to a double-digit lead midway through the fourth quarter. Israel tried hard to erase the deficit but the USA hung on to celebrate yet another win at the tournament. Marcus Denmon (190-G-90) posted 13 points, while John Jenkins (193-G-91) and Trevor Mbakwe (203-F-89) had 12 points apiece for the USA. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89) answered with 20 points for Israel. Jared Mintz (205-F-88, college: Lafayette) delivered 19 points in the losing case.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 8 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 - 18 months 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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