Gwangju, South Korea — Before Saturday, Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self and most of his players had never represented the United States in an international basketball tournament.
After practicing through tired legs all week, and dealing with jet lag, United States/Kansas University men’s basketball players used their conditioning to their advantage in a 66-57 victory over Turkey on Saturday at DongKang College Gymnasium.
Box score from KU's game vs. Turkey on Saturday, July 4 in the World University Games, in South Korea
The United States shot just 39 percent from the field in a 66-57 victory over Turkey in its World University Games men’s basketball opener on Friday night at the DongKang College Gymnasium. By Bobby Nightengale
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
Gwangju, South Korea — The Kansas University men's basketball team fought back from an 11-point deficit in the first quarter against Turkey to win its first game in the World University Games, 66-57, at Dongkang College Gymnasium.
The Jayhawks fell behind during an 18-2 run by Turkey in the middle of the first quarter when Turkey made seven straight shots, but responded with a 11-2 run to start the second quarter and a 12-2 run to open the third.
Wayne Selden (19 points, 9 rebounds), Perry Ellis (17 points, 6 rebounds) and Frank Mason III (12 points, 4 assists) led the way for the Jayhawks.
Stay logged on to KUsports.com throughout the day for much more from tonight's game.
Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:
• The game turned when: KU went on a 12-2 run to open the second half, earning its first lead since the first three minutes of the game. In the run, Turkey went 1-for-8 from the floor with two turnovers while the Jayhawks went 5-for-9 from the field, including a three-pointer from Selden.
• Offensive highlight: In the last 2:08 of the third quarter, SMU senior Nic Moore scored six points and assisted on alley-oop from behind the three-point line to Selden, firing up the crowd.
• Defensive highlight: In the second quarter, the Jayhawks prevented Turkey from adding to its lead by forcing three turnovers and seven straight missed shots to begin the second quarter. In that time, USA went on a 11-2 run.
• Key stat: KU forced 20 turnovers.
• Up next: The Jayhawks will play Brazil at 8:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m. CDT on ESPNU) at Dongkang Gymnasium.