23-25 spot China - UAE 99:67 China celebrated the victory in the classification round for the 23rd-25th spot at the World University Games. They overcame UAE earlier today. Ma Yi (197-F-88) scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace a Yonglin Guo team. China stunned their opponents early marking their dominance in the opening frame. They scored 26 points worth an 11-point lead at the first break. There were more to come as China reigned under the rims and sank solid 50% from the field. They cleared off to a 20-point advantage at halftime. United Arab Emirates struggled to pick up the right rhythm in the second half as well. China fired from all guns to accumulate a 35-point lead heading into the fourth frame. UAE finally were able to show character as they prevailed in the fourth stanza but it had little impact on the final outcome as China celebrated an overwhelming victory. ZHANG Chunjun netted 19 points, collected 8 boards and issued 4 assists for China. Zhang ZhaoXu had 17 points and 17 boards in the victory. Salah Khalifa (183-90) answered with 26 points and 6 caroms for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas netted 15 points in defeat.
China: Ma Yi 24+10 boards, ZHANG Chunjun 19, Zhang ZhaoXu 17+17 boards UAE: Salah Khalifa 26, Omar Khalid Faqqas 15
20-22 spot Mexico - South Korea 118:87 Mexico trounced South Korea in the classification round for the 20th-22nd spot at the World University Games. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) unloaded 30 points to pace Mexico. Joaquin Villanueva added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ki Seungho (194-F-85) answered with 17 points for the Asian team. Mexico piled up a 19-point lead after ten minutes of action and never looked back en route to the victory. Mexico will now face Iran for the 20th position.
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 30, Joaquin Villanueva 24+10 boards, Gabriel Giron 22 South Korea: Ki Seungho 17, Park YooMin 15
17-19 spot Brazil - Japan 98:92 Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) tallied 28 points, 11 boards and 4 assists to lead Brazil past Japan at the World University Games in Serbia. The teams met in the classification round for 17th-19th spot and Brazil proved strength at the end. The Latin American side were comfortably up by 16 points at halftime but wasted nearly all of their advantage before escaping with a narrow win at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida finished with 12 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) answered with game-high 33 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura and Yuki Mitsuhara delivered 14 points each in defeat.
5-8 spot Turkey - Germany 67:63 Turkish team will fight for the 5th spot at the World University Games. They prevailed against Germany in the classification game. A Naci Ozonay team will face Lithuania. Germany will complete their Belgrade campaign against Bulgaria. Turkey looked better in the starting frame and earned a 15:11 advantage after ten minutes. Germany bounced back in the second period scoring 21 points worth a 3-point lead into the main break. Turkey were back in the drivers seat in the third period as they poured in 27 points to retain the advantage. They headed into the final stanza up by 11 points and never surrendered the lead to win the game. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) scored 24 points to pace Turkey. Serhat Cetin and Cem Coskun added 10 points each for the winners. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 17 points for Germany. Oliver Komarek notched 14 points in defeat.
Lithuania - Bulgaria 89:88 Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Bulgaria at the classification round of the World Univeriade. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 26 points to lead the Baltic team to the win. Lithuania will now take on Turkey for the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Bulgaria will play against Germany. The teams stayed close throughout the first half but Lithuania managed to earn a 2-point lead at halftime. Bulgaria struck back in the third term taking over for a 6-point lead into the final stanza. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team found the way to succeed stealing the victory at the end. Martynas Pocius produced 20 points and 7 boards, while Deivydas Gailius added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) banked 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Ivan Lilov delivered 20 points in defeat.
Semifinals Serbia - Israel 82:56 Serbia clinched the spot at the World University Games Final. The hosts of the tournament held off Israel to advance to the championship game. Serbia will face Russia for Gold medals. Israel will play against the USA in the consolation final. Serbia had to deal with an early deficit. Israel outscored the home team 21:20 in the opening stanza. But Serbia adjusted their offense in the second period to wipe their opponents off the court. The hosts unloaded 27 points in the second frame to record an 11-point lead at halftime. Serbia maintained their advantage playing suffocating defense. They limited Israel to 11 points in the third term to pile up a comfortable 17-point lead at the final intermission. Serbia stayed aggressive in the fourth period and drove to an overwhelming victory at the end. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) finished with 15 points for Serbia. Nemanja Bjelica added 11 points, 8 boards and 5 assists for the winning team. Yuval Naimi (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) replied with 25 points for Israel. Nitzan Hanochi had 8 points in defeat.
Russia - USA 69:68 Russia eked out a last second win over the USA in the first semifinal at the World University Games tonight. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) knocked down a late three-pointer that gave Russia the victory at the end. The USA controlled the game at the early stages. They built a 14:11 lead after ten minutes and maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. The margin grew at 7 points at halftime as the US team seemed to be on the way to the sixth straight win at the tournament. The North American side stayed alert and ensured a 10-point lead into the final stanza. Nikita Shabalkin knocked down several key baskets late in regulation to keep Russia within striking distance. He drew things level at 66 with one minute to go in the game. Booker was fouled and connected from the line in both of his attempts to give the USA a 68:66 lead with 44 seconds to go. But Nikita Shabalkin was unstoppable for Russia as his trey sealed the fate in this one. Nikita Shabalkin netted 20 points and grabbed 8 boards to lead Russia. Aleksey Zhukanenko and Evgeniy Kolesnikov added 13 points each for the winners. Corey Fisher (185-G-88) and Robbie Hummel responded with 14 points each for the USA. Deon Thompson notched 12 points and 11 boards in the loss.
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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