ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Kirk plays 10 minutes for U.S.
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 on Sunday and 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 today’s final four. The top three teams earn medals.
Team USA, which is playing for no better than ninth place, manhandled Norway on Sunday 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.
Lobos junior center Alex Kirk had four points and eight rebounds in 10 minutes. Through six games, Kirk easily leads Team USA with 0.65 rebounds per minute played (26 rebounds, 40 minutes played) in the tournament.
Team USA plays Germany today. The United States did not advance to the medal round thanks to losses to Canada and Australia in group play.
Bairstow, who arguably has been the top performer all tournament for Australia, struggled a bit in the Boomers’ 60-55 victory over Lithuania. He had five points on 2-of-8 shooting, five rebounds and five turnovers in 20 minutes. Team Australia teammate Ryan Broekhoff, who played in the Pit last December as a senior for Valparaiso, led the team with 14 points including three 3-pointers.
Australia will play Serbia in the semifinals today 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.
Canada today plays Russia, which includes Sergey Karasev, the player selected No. 19 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in last month’s NBA draft, one spot ahead of former Lobo Tony Snell.