Russia - Finland 74-39 Russia destroyed Finland in the last Quarterfinal Game of the World University Games in China. The Russia team had an easy 74:39 victory to advance to the semifinals. Russia opened the game with 7-0 run after the first 5 minutes and had 19:9 at the end of the frame. Finland scored another 9 points in the second period to trail 18:41 at the halftime. In the third quarter Russia also limited the Scandinavian team to 9 points and improved to 59:27 after thirty minutes. Russia won the last stanza 15-12 and advanced to the semis. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) stepped up with 17 points and Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) added 16. Viacheslav Zaitsev (191-G-89) posted 10, while Andrey Mateyunas (180-PG-88) collected 9 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) netted 8.
Canada - Romania 71-58 Canada became the first World University Games semifinalists. They held off Romania tonight. Tyson Hinz (199-F-91) stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners. Canada cleared off late in the opening period posting a 25:14 lead. Romania opened the second term on a 12:0 run to surge ahead. But Canada restored lead late in the first half 32:29. The North American team triggered a 12:2 run at the start of the second half to take a 13-point lead. They earned a 54:44 advantage at the final intermission. Romania never got closer than 7 points in the fourth period as Canada rolled to the victory at the end. Boris Bakovic (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points, while Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.) added 12 points in the winning effort. Titus Nicoara (202-F-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points and 13 rebounds for Romania. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) had 13 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
USA - Lithuania 74-76 Lithuania will play in World University Games semifinals. They stunned USA to stay in the title race. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) stepped up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. USA quite expectedly grabbed the initiative early in the game. The North Americans posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second period. USA registered a 42:37 halftime advantage. However Lithuania tipped off the second half on a 7:0 run to surge ahead. Denmon Green returned the lead to the United States midway through the third quarter but Gediminas Orelikas and Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) made it 65:61 for the Baltic team heading into the fourth frame. Gediminas Zyle (209-C-88) stretched the gap to 8 points midway through the fourth quarter. But USA reacted with an 8:0 run to draw things level at 74 with under two minutes to go. Kadzevicius sank two free throws and then the teams went scoreless for almost 100 seconds as Lithuania escaped with a narrow win at the end. Marius Valukonis had 11 points, while Edgaras Stanionis (193-G-88) and Gediminas Zyle posted 10 points each in the victory. John Jenkins (193-G-91) replied with 17 points for USA. Ashton Gibbs (187-G-90) provided 16 points in defeat.
Germany - Serbia 55-77 Serbia became the Semifinalist of the World University Games in China. The team won the European Quarterfinal clash over Germany 77:55 after a miserable start. It was a slow start as both teams nailed 11 points in the first five minutes. Germany had 6:5 and then erupted for 20:12 after the first period. Serbia tied the game in the middle of the second frame and after 23-13 grabbed 35:33 halftime advantage. They never looked behind after. The third quarter brought 22-10 for the Serbian side that needed 57:43 to enter the last stanza. Serbia had 68:47 after 35 minutes of the game and finished with comfortable 77:55 victory. Dragovic Nikola top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) notched 15. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14, while Milos Dimic (195-G-89) scored 11. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) brought 12 points in the losing effort and Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) added 10.
Czech Republic - Australia 78-69 Czech Republic registered a confident win over Australia in the classification round of World University Games. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Czech Republic jumped in front early in the game. They posted a 22:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The Europeans cleared off in the second term. Czech Republic boosted the margin to 12 points at halftime 40:28. They shielded off the advantage well throughout the third term. Czech Republic entered the fourth frame up by 14 points 53:39. Australia exploded with 30 points in the final quarter but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Petr Dokoupil (191-G-88) produced 18 points, while Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) added 14 points in the win. Ryan Broekhoff (198-F/G-90) replied with 14 points for Australia. Cameron Gliddon (196-G/F-89) netted 12 points in defeat.
Turkey - Brazil 92-84 Turkey opened classification round for 9th-16th place with victory. They held off Brazil tonight. Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) knocked down 22 points to pace the effort. Turkey earned a 21:16 lead at the first break. Turkey opened the second frame on a 12:3 run to establish a 14-point advantage. But Brazil cut the deficit to just two points 35:37 at halftime. Turkey however did not allow their opponents to pull in front. Levent Torsakal team maintained the lead as they registered a 64:58 advantage at the final break. Turkey kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and drove to the victory at the end. Can Ozcan (202-F-89) posted 17 points, while Yigitcan Turna (187-PG-87) added 16 points in the win. Michael Machado (185-G-90) responded with 30 points and 6 assists for Brazil. Fabricio Melo (212-C-90) netted 15 points in the loss.
Ukraine - Israel 95-80 Ukraine registered another win at the World University Games. They overcame Israel in the 9th-16th place classification round today. Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds to pace Ukraine. Ukraine surged ahead early in the game and maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter. They entered the second period up by 6 points 25:19. Israel cut the deficit early in the second quarter but Ukraine bounced back posting a 52:40 halftime advantage. The gap grew at 15-point mark midway through the third term. Ukraine established a 76:62 advantage heading into the fourth period. Israel never threatened the margin in the fourth period as Ukraine cruised to the victorya at the end. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (205-F-89) had 17 points, while Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) added 16 points for the winners. Anton Shoutvin (206-C/F-89) answered with 18 points for Israel. Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-G-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) finished with 15 points in the loss.
Mexico - Japan 88-92 Japan registered victory in classification round of World University Games in Shenzhen. They overcame Mexico in the 9th-16th place round. Kosuke Kanamaru (193-F/G-89) stepped up with 21 points to pace the effort. Mexico surged ahead early in the encounter but Japan quickly bounced back. The Asian team accounted for 29 points in the opening stanza to take a 4-point lead. Mexico and Japan stayed close throughout the second term. Japan eked out a 49:47 lead at halftime. Mexico erased the deficit and spurred in front in the third frame. The Latin American team posted a 70:66 advantage at the final intermission. Japan quickly denied the deficit and built an 82:77 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Japan shielded off the margin well enough in the final minutes posting a well-deserved win at the end. Ruymo Ono (197-F/C-88) delivered 18 points, while Takatoshi Furukawa (190-G/F-87) added 12 points in the victory. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) answered with 26 points for Mexico. Cesar Del Campo (194-F-87) provided 19 points in the loss.
New Zealand - Hungary 56-90 Hungary earned the initial win at World University Games in China. They dropped New Zealand in 17th-23rd place classification round. Peter Kovacs (189-G-88) knocked down 23 points to pace the effort. Hungary fired 28 points in the opening period to post a 6-point lead. They held the Kiwis to just 6 points in the second frame as the margin grew at 16-point mark at halftime. Hungary dominated in the third period. They established a comfortable 68:38 lead heading into the fourth stanza and did not look back en route to the victory. Peter Szabo (183-G-89) registered 14 points, while Gergely Somogyi (218-C-89) had 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort. Justin Richard Edwards (197-F-90) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for New Zealand. Marco Alexander (186-G-91) and Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91, college: Stephen F. Austin) finished with 9 points apiece in defeat.
Hong Kong - United Arab Emirates 73-86 UAE registered their first win at World University Games in Shenzhen. They toppled Hong Kong in the classification round for 17th-23rd place tonight. Omar Alameri (200-F-91) stepped up with 26 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. UAE surged ahead early in the encounter and stayed on top throughout the opening frame. They recorded a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Hong Kong struck back in the second period. They erased the deficit and established a 39:35 halftime advantage. UAE shifted the gear in the third frame. They strongly finished the period to pile up an 11-point lead 69:58. UAE boosted the margin to 16 points midway through the final stanza and marched to the victory at the end. Rashed Al Zaabi (190-G-88) notched 20 points and 17 rebounds in the victory. Lee Ki (177-PG-87) answered with 25 points for Hong Kong. Chan Yik Lun (190-G-87) tallied 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.
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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