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Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) drives to the basket around defender Turkey forward Cenk Sekeroglu (8) in a Team USA 66-57 win against Turkey Saturday, July 4, in Gwangju, South Korea..

World class: U.S. rallies for win in Games opener

The United States/Kansas University men’s basketball team fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first quarter against Turkey to win its World University Games debut, 66-57, at DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale

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