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Kansas/USA take home gold in the World University Games

Bill Self

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For the first time in a decade, the World University Games gold medal is headed back to the United States.

Kansas, who is representing the USA in Gwangju, South Korea, needed two overtimes to get it done in the final, but they eventually knocked off Germany 84-77 to win the tournament.

The Jayhawks looked exhausted in the final, playing their eighth game in the last 11 days. Wayne Selden led the way with 20 points in the win, hitting a critical, go-ahead three with about a minute left in the second overtime, but he shot 6-for-28 on the afternoon. Perry Ellis added 19 points and 10 boards as well, but he struggled shooting the ball from the field as well. Frank Mason had 16 points and scored on a driving layup at the end of the first overtime to tie the game at 73. He also hit a pair of free throws at the end of regulation to tie the game at 66.

Germany was led by a pair of Ivy Leaguers. Maodo Lo, who plays for Columbia, finished with 16 points while Princeton’s Hans Braase had just six points and six boards.