ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At least one player who attends a New Mexico college will be returning from Kazan, Russia, with a medal from the World University Games.
New Mexico State junior guard Daniel Mullings helped lead his Team Canada past Brazil and University of New Mexico senior forward Cameron Bairstow helped Australia beat Lithuania in the quarterfinals of the medal bracket of the World University Games, each advancing to Monday’s Final Four. The top three teams earn medals.
Team USA, which is out of contention for a medal and is now playing for no better than 9th place, manhandled Norway on Sunday morning, 91-51. Team USA had 29 assists on 34 field goals in the game and got a game-high 16 points from Indiana’s Will Sheehey.
Team USA shot just 7-of-23 (30.4 percent) from 3-point range.
Lobos junior center Alex Kirk had four points and eight rebounds in 10 minutes of action. Through six games, Kirk easily leads Team USA with 0.65 rebounds per minute played (26 rebounds, 40 minutes played) in the tournament. Baylor’s Cory Jefferson (61 rebounds, 141 minutes) is second on the team at 0.43 rebounds per minute.
Team USA plays Germany on Monday. The United States did not advance to the medal round thanks to losses to Canada and Australia in group play.
Bairstow, who has been arguably the top performer all tournament for Australia, struggled a bit in the Boomers’ 60-55 victory over Lithuania with 5 points on 2-of-8 shooting, five rebounds and five turnovers in 20 minutes of play. Team Australia teammate Ryan Broekhoff, who played in the Pit last December as a senior for Valparaiso, led the team with 14 points including hitting three 3-pointers.
Australia will play Serbia in the semifinal round Monday with a trip to the gold medal game on the line.
Mullings had nine points, four rebounds and a steal in Canada’s 88-77 win over Brazil. Canadian teammate Brady Heslip (Baylor) again led Canada in scoring with 20 points including going a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Canada out-rebounded Brazil 47-27.
Canada plays the host country, Russia, on Monday. Team Russia, which includes Sergey Karasev, the player selected No. 19 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, one spot ahead of former Lobo Tony Snell in last month’s NBA Draft, dominated Team USA in a closed scrimmage prior to the start of the World University Games 10 days ago.