UNM’s Kirk sees limited minutes in Team USA victory
New Mexico State guard Daniel Mullings had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Team Canada past Australia and University of New Mexico forward Cameron Bairstow on Wednesday in group play action at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.
The game was tied 77-77 midway through the fourth quarter when Canada closed the game out on a 15-6 run to win the game 92-83.
Bairstow had another impressive overall stat line in the losing cause with a game-high 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting (5 of 7 from the free throw line) to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
Baylor’s Brady Helsip led Canada scorers with 18 points, including hitting four 3-pointers.
Canada falls to 2-1 in Group C games. Canada is 3-0.
Bairstow’s Lobo frontcourt mate Alex Kirk watched the Canada/Australia game several hours before he took to the court with Team USA, which beat Sweden 83-65. Kirk played just four minutes in the game and had one offensive rebound.
Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell had a team-high 20 points for Team USA in the win.
The United States, which is tied atop Group C with Canada at 3-0, plays Australia on Thursday and Canada on Friday. Only the top two teams advance out of each group into the bracket portion of the tournament.