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Kansas/USA defeats Russia to advance to World University Games gold medal game

Wayne Selden, Jr.

Wayne Selden, Jr. (AP Photo)


Kansas/USA continued its undefeated run in South Korea at the World University Games with a 78-68 win over Russia to advance to the gold medal game. Led by 23 points from forward Perry Ellis and 22 points from guard Wayne Selden Jr., the Kansas/USA squad will attempt to bring home gold to America in the event for the first time since 2005.

Bill Self’s team trailed by a point during the fourth quarter before Selden started making plays as he helped put the team in the lead for the rest of the game. Big man Landen Lucas also had a key stretch during the third quarter in which he scored seven consecutive points to give the Jayhawks a 12-point lead.

The gold medal game tips on Monday at 8 a.m. EST as Kansas/USA (7-0) will face Germany. Among the players on that team are Columbia guard Maodo Lo and Princeton forward Hans Brase, with Lo being a first team All-Ivy selection last season. While Lo accounted for seven points and five assists in the Germans’ 59-49 win over Brazil, Brase was one of two players to score in double figures as he tallied ten points to go along with four rebounds.

Also on the team is Kevin Bright, who played one season at Vanderbilt in 2012-13 before deciding to return to Germany to begin playing professionally.