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Kansas defeats Team Canada, 91-83

  • 7 p.m., June 23, 2015
  • T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, MO

Jayhawks get past Canada in first exhibition

By Matt Tait ---- mtait@ljworld.com

Kansas City, Mo. — In its first attempt at taking on the world, the Kansas University men's basketball team opened up its opportunity to represent the United States in next month's World University Games in South Korea with a 91-83 victory over Team Canada at Sprint Center.

In a game that clearly meant something to both teams and occasionally featured chants of “U-S-A, U-S-A” from the 8,000 or so fans who packed the arena, the Jayhawks had to go all the way down to the wire to pick up the victory.

Frank Mason III (26 points overall and 14 in the fourth quarter), Perry Ellis (17 points, 8 rebounds) and Wayne Selden Jr. (13 points, 6 assists) all made some clutch plays on both ends down the stretch to help KU hold off the Canadians.

SMU senior Nic Moore started at the point for Kansas and looked very comfortable helping run Bill Self's offense and push the pace all night. He finished with nine points and five assists before fouling out.

Tuesday's exhibition also gave KU fans their first look at newcomers Carlton Bragg and Legerald Vick, who each had their good moments and mixed them in with a few, classic freshman mistakes.

Bragg, who showed great touch on his jumper, finished with four points and four rebounds, and Vick, who ended the first half with a hard-driving layup at the buzzer, scored four.

Stay logged on to KUsports.com throughout the night for much more from tonight's game.

Here’s a quick look back at some of the action:

• The game turned when: KU stormed all the way back from an early, 10-point deficit to take a one-point lead midway through the third quarter. Selden hit a couple of buckets from behind the three-point line to spark the run that gave Kansas a five-point lead after three quarters.

• Offensive highlight: As is almost always the case, there were a couple of lobs that brought the Sprint Center crowd to its feet and both of them involved KU junior Selden. The swingman was on the finishing end of the first one, as he caught a lob from Mason and flushed it early in the game. After the dunk, Mason looked to the crowd and tried to get people to get loud. Later in the first quarter, Selden tossed a perfect pass to Ellis on the backside for an easy, two-handed jam.

• Defensive highlight: Midway through the final quarter, with things tight on the scoreboard and both teams beginning to battle a little harder on every possession, senior Jamari Traylor rejected a layup attempt by Canada's Jahmal Jones. Instead of the Canadians going up three, KU went up one when Mason finished a tough layup on the other end after the Traylor block.

• Key stat: KU and Canada combined for nearly 140 field goal attempts, a clear sign that the 24-second international shot clock has a serious impact on the game. That gives you some kind of indication of what the college game's move to a 30-second clock (from 35) will do this winter.

• Up next: Before heading to Korea on Sunday, the Jayhawks will play one more exhibition against this same Canadian team at 7 p.m. on Friday at Sprint Center. 

Join the post game discussion

Ashwingrao

Is there a score card or something online?

Marshan3q in reply to Pepper_bar

rock chalk

Pepper_bar in reply to Marshan3q

We'll see if Canada can steal the title belt, but for three days, KU wears it.

Marshan3q in reply to Pepper_bar

Rematch on the 26th

Pepper_bar

NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPS

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

28 points, 6 boards, 5 assists for Frank Mason III in KU/USA win vs Canada.

Marshan3q

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Benton Smith

Watch who you're calling out, young man.

FINAL
Canada 83
Kansas 91

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Blasphemy.

Bobby Nightengale

Frank Mason with his best Steph Curry impersonation down the stretch. Impressive start to the summer.

00:20 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 83
Kansas 89

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Traylor contests a 3 and Mason pulls down a defensive rebound after blocks from Selden and Ellis. KU up 4, :28 left.

Pepper_bar in reply to Texashawk10_2

Yeah, I think a unique tri-color banner would be appropriate and well earned. IF they win, of course. That is no given.

Bobby Nightengale

It's a block party in KC! Traylor and Ellis with big rejections in the paint.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden and Ellis come up with shot blocks off Canada penetration. KU still on D...

00:55 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 83
Kansas 87

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale

Wild applause for Ben McLemore on the video board.

Texashawk10_2 in reply to Pepper_bar

I wouldn't hang one like the national title banners, but something acknowledging it on the north end with some of the other achievements.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Up 2 with a minute left, Mason dribbles right and pulls up for a jumper. Dominating the Canadians.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Bobby Nightengale

Just calling me out!

Pepper_bar

If KU wins the WUG, will they hang a banner?

01:18 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 82
Kansas 85

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Benton Smith

Four assists in the second half, too.

Marshan3q in reply to Jmfitz85

https://www.periscope.tv/w/aFnjWDU4NzUwMzJ8Mjc3MTI5ODBPyAUwm72Yhswapzu5hWq_fLt31eDOD5N6LFQqSE3fAg==

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason has scored 20 in 2nd half, hit 7 of 9 shots. Carrying Kansas.

Pepper_bar in reply to Texashawk10_2

Fair enough, Tex. Like I said, it hits me in a Picasso-esque way, I'm not surprised others don't see it.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Jmfitz85

It is not. Neither is Friday's.

Bobby Nightengale

Nic Moore fouls out with 1:18 left. Vick in for KU.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason drives, bounces a perfect baseline pass to Ellis for a layup. KU leads 85-82. 1:18 left.

Texashawk10_2 in reply to Pepper_bar

As a Texan, that doesn't look like a Texas flag to me. It looks like a French flag with stars at each end of it.

Jmfitz85

Is this game televised?

02:03 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 80
Kansas 83

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason just willing Kansas to a lead. Hits 3 from up top after long rebound. 24 points for the PG.

Pepper_bar in reply to Benton Smith

Not trying to be a jerk with the Texas flag thing. I just noticed it the instant I saw the unis but I haven't seen anyone else mention it.

02:20 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 80
Kansas 82

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale

First adjustment to FIBA rules. Mason called for 8 seconds walking the ball up the court in final 3 minutes.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Off-balance, one-footed Mason runner in lane gives KU 79-78 lead and brings crowd to its feet.

Bobby Nightengale

Pretty impressive to see how Nic Moore has gelled with his new teammates in a month. Fits right in alongside Mason.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Pepper_bar

Ha! You're the first to bring it up that I've seen.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has made 19 of 23 from the FT line, Canada 23 of 32. Canada up 78-77. 3:56 left.

Pepper_bar

Evening dudes! Anyone talking yet about the deconstructed Texas flag on the KU road uniforms? Go Kansas/Texas/USA!

Marshan3q in reply to Bobby Nightengale

not bad for a summer exhibition. sounds like the fan there are bringing it.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Marshan3q

Haven't seen a number yet, but not a ton of open seats. I would guess 85-90% full for lower bowl.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

2 Moore FTs tie it back up.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Marshan3q

No announced attendance yet but lower bowl of Sprint is mostly full.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Canada back out in front with 2 FTs.

Marshan3q in reply to Bobby Nightengale

for sure. it's pretty loud in there for what was a quote "small crowd"... how many people came out?

04:35 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 75
Kansas 75

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tie game after Ellis goes to the foul line.

Bobby Nightengale in reply to Marshan3q

Ha, a lot of basketball coming in the next 3 weeks.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Perry Ellis remembers he's the best player on the floor and just attacks the paint from the right side, gets to the FT line.

Marshan3q

deep down i really want this to go to OT. Never want this to end. The rational side of me just wants the Jayhawks to win

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Frank Mason drains a jumper to give him 19 points and get KU within 74-73. 5:02 left.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mickelson falls asleep on defense and Canada gets an easy, back-door layup from Tommy Nixon.

Bobby Nightengale

Jamari Traylor with 3 blocks and 7 rebounds, looking strong after injuring his hip last week.

06:14 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 72
Kansas 71

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jamari Traylor block on D leads to Mason layup in secondary offense. KU up 71-70.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Evan Manning checks in with 7 minutes left and Mickelson in for Bragg. Self getting lots of guys minutes. Which is kind of the point of an exhibition.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Canada big Chris McLaughlin with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Crafty finishes inside over KU's big men.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason tried a 3/4 of the floor TD pass to streaking Selden and over-threw him, turnover out of bounds.

08:03 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 68
Kansas 66

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale

Selden returns with 4 fouls and 8:03 left.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Tight game, 4th quarter, and Bragg and Vick are on the floor for KU. Great experience for the youngsters.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Baldjedi

For sure. Bragg has hustled, too. Hit the floor for a loose ball earlier. KU's front court is going to be deeeeep.

Bobby Nightengale

Canada's Aaron Baker also slow to get up following the collision. Had to be helped to the bench. He grabbed the back of his head and trainers checked out his right hand before he went to the locker room.

Baldjedi in reply to Benton Smith

From what I have been listening to, Bragg looks like he could make a big difference this year, and Vick is still raw, but hustles.

08:54 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 64
Kansas 66

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale

Landen Lucas slow to get up, grabbing his right arm after trying to take a charge. Heads to bench...

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff in reply to Baldjedi

Confident, fearless for both. Bragg a little more polished. Vick took at least one bad/ill-advised shot.

Bobby Nightengale

KU running into some foul trouble. Selden with 4, Nic Moore with 3 and Julian DeBose with 3. 9:17 left.

Baldjedi

What is your analysis of our freshmen so far?

10:00 left in Fourth Quarter
Canada 61
Kansas 66

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bobby Nightengale

U-S-A chant breaks out between quarters. KU shot 42 percent in the 3rd quarter (8-for-19), while Canada went ice cold (5-for-17, 29 percent).

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Jamari Traylor hits short jumper in final seconds of 3rd, now has 10 points, 7 rebounds.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU has 12 offensive rebounds with more than a quarter left: 4 for Traylor, 2 for Lucas, ellis & Mickelson.

00:51 left in Third Quarter
Canada 60
Kansas 62

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Ellis beats Canada big men down the floor, and then grabs a deflected pass over the top to finish in transition.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Canada has missed 5 of last 6 attempts.

Bobby Nightengale

Seven and a half minutes into the 3rd quarter: Nine points for Selden, eight for Mason and two for Carlton Bragg.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden now with 13 points, 12 for Mason and Ellis has 10. 7 points for Moore. 2:30 left in 3Q.

02:30 left in Third Quarter
Canada 54
Kansas 60

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU/USA has made 3 of 4 from downtown in 3rd quarter. Selden hit last one. KU up 60-54.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Team USA guard Nic Moore (3) takes a shot in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO.

Team USA guard Nic Moore (3) takes a shot in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO. by Mike Yoder

Bobby Nightengale

Huge ovation for Frank Mason when he exited the game. Mason now leads KU with 12 points.

03:23 left in Third Quarter
Canada 51
Kansas 57

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason being Mason: push and finish over contact in transition. KU up 57-51 after and-1. 3:42, 3Q.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) gets a foul called on him going for a steal against Canada forward Tommy Nixon (14) in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) gets a foul called on him going for a steal against Canada forward Tommy Nixon (14) in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO. by Mike Yoder

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

KU out-rebounding Canada 8-5 so far in 2nd half, and up 54-51 after Mason free throws.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas guard LaGerald Vick (2) drives to the basket in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO.

Kansas guard LaGerald Vick (2) drives to the basket in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO. by Mike Yoder

04:44 left in Third Quarter
Canada 51
Kansas 52

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Bragg makes another jumper from deep (inside the arc) and KU leads 52-51.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Wayne Selden 3 gave KU a brief lead, but Canada back out in front, 49-48.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg, left, hits the floor for a loose ball with Canada guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO.

Kansas forward Carlton Bragg, left, hits the floor for a loose ball with Canada guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson in the first-half of a Team USA exhibition game against Canada Tuesday, June 23, at the Sprint Center in K.C., MO. by Mike Yoder

09:00 left in Third Quarter
Canada 45
Kansas 45

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Selden FT ties it

Bobby Nightengale

KU opens the 2nd half with a full-court press following made buckets

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Mason's first look of 2nd half is a 3, which he drains. KU down 45-44.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

2 first-half fouls on Vick, Selden and Bragg for KU/USA.

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

Some first-half stats:

FG% CAN 47%, KU 40%

3s CAN 5/11, KU 1/9

FTs CAN 8/12, KU 8/11

Turnovers CAN 12, KU 8

Pts off TOs CAN 5, KU 10

Rebounds CAN 23, KU 22

Off. rebounds CAN 5, KU 8

2nd-chance pts CAN 8, KU 9

Bench pts CAN 15, KU 16

Pts in paint CAN 16, KU 24

Fast-break pts CAN 6, KU 13

Blocks CAN 4, KU 2

Steals CAN 3, KU 6

Assists CAN 9, KU 9

Halftime
Canada 43
Kansas 41

Benton Smith KUsports.com staff

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