Russia punched the Final ticket at the World University Games. The hosts defeated Canada in the second semifinal of the day. Russia will now face Australia in the title game. Canada will take on Serbia in the consolation final. Russia entered the game as big time favourites and they started to confirm the status from the starting minutes. Russia gained a 22:11 lead after the opening frame. The hosts kept Canada at distance throughout the second frame. Russia piled up a 43:26 halftime lead. They did not loosen the grasp in the third frame. They secured a 20-point lead before the final stanza. Canada went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period. They cut the deficit but came up empty-handed at the end. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) nailed 20 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for Russia. Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) and Nikita Balashov (207-F-91) had 11 points each for the winning side. Brady Heslip (188-G-90), Melvin Ejim (198-F-91) and Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) replied with 12 points apiece in the loss.
Australia - Serbia 65:62 Australia have become the first University Games finalists. They narrowly defeated Serbia in the first semifinal in Kazan today. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) scored 19 points to lead the Aussies to a come-from-behind victory. Serbia shocked their opponents in the first period. The European team got to a flying start posting a 24:6 lead after the starting quarter. Australia narrowed the deficit in the second term. They stopped the rot and got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. Australia adjusted the tempo in the third term. They triggered a 21:11 rally to get within 6 points at the final break. Australia used a 9:1 run midway through the fourth term to spur ahead. Jason Cadee and Cameron Bairstow (206-F-90) stepped up for the Aussies in the dying second and helped them protect the lead. Cameron Bairstow finished with 14 points and 7 boards, while Todd Blanchfield (200-F-91) delivered 12 points for the winners. Darko Balaban (211-C-89, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) had 10 points in the loss.
Romania outscore Brazil and will face Lithuania for the 5th place at the 2013 University Games. The European team posted an 82:75 victory at the Classification Round for 5-8 places. Brazil will take on Estonia in the game for 7-8 places. Romania won the first period 26:23 and led three points at the halftime. Both teams posted 16 points each in the third period and then Romanian increased to final 7 points. They won the last stanza 27-23 and will play for the fifth spot tomorrow. Adrian Gutoaia (198-C-90, agency: Court Side) stepped up with 21 points and TOROK Rolland netted 17. Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91) poured in 11, while Catalin Petrisor (184-PG-92) had 10. Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) replied with 18 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while DALLA BARBA Matheus scored 11. George Chaia (190-G-91) and DEODATO Guilherme poured in 9 points each in a loss.
Estonia-Lithuania 61:82 Lithuania edge Estonia in Baltic battle at the 2013 University Games. The Lithuanian team will play for the 5th place against Romania after an 82:61 win. Estonia will take on Brazil in the game for 7-8 places. Lithuania posted a 20:13 lead in the first period and added 17-15 rally in the second frame. Moreover the favorites added two narrow victories in the second half to seal the victory. Augustas Peciukevicius (192-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored the last points for the winners from the free throw line for the final 21-point victory. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Vytenis Cizauskas (190-SG-92) netted 13. Augustas Peciukevicius brought 12 points, while Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) posted 11. Toomas Raadik (202-F-90) ended up with 16 points in defeat and Madis Saarmets (201-C-90) had 15. Taavi Hamarsalu (200-C/F-89), Erik Keedus (198-F-90) and Kristjan Keres (196-F-89) netted 8 points each in a loss.
The USA will play for the 9th position at the World University Games in Kazan. They knocked down Germany in the classification round today. Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92) posted 18 points to lead the North American side. Germany led by two points after ten minutes of action 19:17. The USA bounced back in the second term. They went on a 29:13 rally to take a 46:32 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. The USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points. They poured in 27 points and escaped with a comfortable win at the end. Luke Hancock (6'6''-F-90) chipped in 16 points, while Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) netted 11 points for the winners. Konstantin Klein (6'2''-PG-91, agency: LUMANI 10.7) answered with 16 points for Germany. Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann (6'10''-C-90, agency: Court Side) had 13 points in the loss.
Finland - Mexico 82:70 Finland will fight for the ninth overall position at the World University Games. They defeated Mexico today to face the USA in the final game at the tournament. Carl Lindbom (206-F-91) nailed 20 points to lead the Finnish team. Mexico will take on Germany next. Finland eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They extended the lead in the second period. Finland recorded a 39:30 halftime advantage. The European team kept Mexico at distance throughout the third quarter. Finland entered the final stanza up by 10 points and rallied to the victory in the final minutes. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90, agency: FCM) delivered 13 points, while Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91, agency: Blacktop Management) contributed 11 points for the winning team. Fernando Benitez (204-F/C-89) answered with 18 points for Mexico. Fabian Jaimes (198-F-92) and Ricardo Calatayud (182-PG-92) dropped 12 points apiece in the loss.
Norway roll over Mongolia on Monday at the Classification Round for 13-16 places at the 2013 University Games. The European team overcame the opponents 83:54 and will play for the 13th place tomorrow against South Korea. Mongolia will take on Czech Republic in the game for the 15-16 places. Norway erupted with a 20-2 surge and never looked behind. They enjoyed a 26:6 lead after the first period and led 19 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 19 points each in the third period, while Norway pushed the tempo at the end of the game. They finished the game with 23-13 rally to seal the victory. BOEHN Fredrik stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Anders Stien (195-G-90) notched 16. Stian Mjos (182-PG-89) brought 11, while Aksel Bolinz (201-G/F-90) had 9. Sanchir Tungalag (188-G-89) and Munkhtuvshin Davaadorj (189-SG-89) top-scored for Mongolia with 11 points each. Azbayar Tserendagva (202-F-89) netted 9, while Tserenbaatar Enkhtaivan (195-F/C-90) added 7.
South Korea- Czech Republic 92:88 OT South Korea needs overtime to beat Czech Republic at the 2013 University Games. South Korea grabbed a 92:88 win and will face Norway in the game for 13-14 places. Czech Republic meanwhile will take on Mongolia in the game for 15-16 places. Czech Republic grabbed 26:17 lead and led 5 points at the halftime. Both teams later scored 21 points each in the third period, while South Korea tied the score at the end of the fourth period when they posted 17-12 in it. Due to 16-12 rally in overtime the Asian team won the game. KIM Jun Yl top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds, while JEON Seong Hyen and DOO Kyung Min added 19 each. PARK Jae Hyun followed them with 15 points in a win. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) answered with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Michal Mares (192-G/F-92) added 20. Adam Ciz (190-PG-91) poured in 19 points, while Martin Gniadek (201-F/C-90) had 12.
Japan defeats United Arab Emirates in Kazan at the Classification Round for 17-20 places. The Japanese team overcame the opponents 79:63 and will take Sweden for the 17th place tomorrow. The United Arab Emirates will face Ukraine in the game for 19-20 places. Japan enjoyed a minimum lead at the end of the first period, while United Arab Emirates managed to tie the game at the halftime. Japan needed t limit the opponents to just 12 points in the last two quarters for the final victory. Japan won the third quarter 16-12 and added 24-12 in the last stanza. Seiji Ikaruga (185-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Yuya Nagayoshi (199-C-91) nailed 17. Kosuke Hashimoto (202-F-93) produced 13, whilst Naoki Uto (91) notched 9. AHMAD AL SHABEBI Qais answered with 19 points in defeat, while KHALIFA AHMAD Mubarak and AHMED AL-ALI Rashid poured in 13 each. OMAR ALAMERI Omer delivered 8 points in a loss.
Ukraine - Sweden 73:75 Sweden steals the victory from Ukraine at the Classification Round for 17-20 places at the 2013 University Games. The Scandinavian team grabbed a 75:73 win due to the final push. Both teams scored 16 points each in the first period. They also scored 16 points each in the third period before Ukraine posted a 25-20 rally in the second frame. Sweden however dominated the end of the game and needed a 23-16 finish to seal the victory. Gustav Sundstrom (197-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Chris Czerapowicz (201-G-91) nailed 16. Alexander Lindqvist (205-F-91) delivered 13, while BARTON Charles had 10. Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90) and ROCHNIAK Anton combined for 50 points in the losing effort. SAINIIEV Vasyl and Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) followed them with 5 points each.
China leave no chance for Oman in Kazan at the 2013 University Games. China delivered an 89:53 win at the Classification Round for 21-24 places. AL HALHALI Ahmed opened the game with a three-pointer, while China won the first period 20:9. The latter also added 18-14 rally in the second frame and led 13 points at the halftime. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Chinese team. They won the third period 29-18 and finished the game with 22-12 surge in the last period. Wei Meng (210-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Cui Jinming (193-G-92) netted 18. Zhang Hanqi (205-C-91) collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Gao Xiangnan (190-G-90) added 11. AL HALHALI Ahmed produced 13 points in a loss, while AL FARRAJI Hassan collected 12 points and 13 rebounds. AL SIBANI Ahmed notched 11 and BANI ARABA Haitham added 7 points and 13 boards.
Purdue to represent Team USA in 2017 World University Games - 11 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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