The Kansas-heavy Team USA roster prevailed again in the World University Games on Sunday morning as the team defeated Brazil, 81-72, during the second pool play game in South Korea.
Sporting new uniforms that were more focused on the United States instead of the Jayhawks, the team overcame a chippy contest with the Brazilians to move to 2-0 in the five-game pool play portion of the event. Trailing 13-11 after the first quarter, the Americans relied on Kansas rising junior wing Wayne Selden to deliver as his three 3-pointers in the second quarter helped give Team USA a lead that they wouldn’t give up.
Selden, who has been very good this summer, finished with a team-high 23 points to go along with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Other Kansas players also stepped up on Sunday including guard Frank Mason (15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists), center Hunter Mickelson (11 points, eight rebounds) and forward Jamari Traylor (10 points). Rising senior forward Perry Ellis also added nine points and eight rebounds for the Americans while incoming freshman LaGerald Vick was 2-for-3 from beyond the arc on his way to eight points.
The next game for Kansas/USA will be played at 11 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 7 as they face Serbia in another pool play game.