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Kansas defeats Lithuania, 70-48

  • 10 p.m., July 10, 2015
  • Dongkang Gymnasium, Gwangju, South Korea,

Jayhawks use defense to roll past Lithuania, 70-48

Gwangju, South Korea — The United States/Kansas University men's basketball team is headed to the World University Games semifinals after beating Lithuania, 70-48, on Saturday at DongKang Gymnasium.

The Jayhawks turned up their defense in the fourth quarter and went on a 15-0 run, started by a steal and layup from SMU senior guard Nic Moore. KU junior guard Frank Mason III added a layup-and-the-foul bucket and Wayne Selden Jr. drained a three-pointer to pull away.

The Jayhawks (6-0) shot 45 percent from the floor.

Mason led with 18 points while Selden added 13 and senior forward Perry Ellis had 11 with six rebounds. Off the bench, junior forward Landen Lucas added seven points and nine rebounds.

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Up next: The Jayhawks will play Russia or Estonia in the semifinals at 6:30 p.m. Sunday (4:30 a.m. CDT) at Dongkang Gymnasium.


John Randall 5 years, 3 months ago

Fourth quarter opened eyes all over Gwangju, the rest of Korea, and the parts of the world still awake, waiting for USA youngsters to fold. I have some news, folks – The fold-up kids have grown up since the last two NCAA tourneys.

Mark Lindrud 5 years, 3 months ago

I know this is early, but I am seeing a bunch of our players grow before my eyes. Mason is on point, Vick is better than advertised, Bragg down the road will be special, Mickelson deserves to get a ton of minutes, if not be the starter at the beginning of the season, and Selden is looking like a pro. I do hope his free throw shooting improves dramatically. We still need to work on these slow starts though, but I am very encouraged so far.

Aaron Paisley 5 years, 3 months ago

It was amazing to see KU actually put their foot on someone's throat down the stretch and not let up. I haven't seen that in 4 or 5 years and I really hope the carries over the regular season this winter.

Shannon Gustafson 5 years, 3 months ago

Wow, I did not see that 4th quarter coming! I thought we'd pull it off but I didn't think we'd lock down like that while taking it to them on offense. Very impressed.

I'd like to know why they called a technical foul on Moore when it didn't even look like he touched the shooter. Only thing I could come up with was some sort of odd rule regarding stepping out of bounds on defense or something? Moore has got no respect at these Games for whatever reason. I can't believe he shot his 3rd and 4th free throws of the entire tournament tonight. How is that even possible with all the minutes he's played and how much he's been pushed around, thrown down, etc?

They sure were picking on Selden on the travel calls. Funny when they don't call something like that and then all the sudden they call 3 of them in 1 game. Officiating was questionable tonight after being pretty good most of this tourney so far.

Mason looked like his old self tonight (finally). I'd been wondering when we'd see that again. Now we just need to get Perry to play like we're used to. He did so in the 1st quarter tonight.

Landon finally showed up tonight. That was refreshing. If we can get Landon and Hunter to continue to play the way they played tonight, we'll be a whole lot more difficult to beat.

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