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    UNI was 5-1 and 9th

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    Friday, August 17, 2007 5:03 AM CDT
    Panthers finish World University Games with another win


    BANGKOK, Thailand -- Prior to Thursday night, it had been all or nothing for Northern Iowa's basketball team at the World University Games.

    In its four wins, the Panthers had outscored their opponents, 318-186. In its lone loss, UNI was blown out by 34 points.

    But in its final game on foreign soil, UNI, representing Team USA, was tested until the final minute before pulling out a 63-57 decision over Israel to take ninth place in the 24-team tournament.

    "Our staff was glad this game was close," head coach Ben Jacobson said. "It forced our players to be in a situation where every possession down the stretch was important. Those are things you can't simulate in practice and you don't know when you'll get that experience for the first time in the season. This was real good for our team."

    It was especially rewarding, considering UNI had just played 16 1/2 hours earlier against Finland . It also had a 5:45 a.m. wake-up call and had to bus 90 minutes for a 9 a.m. start in Thailand.

    "I really liked what Jared (Josten) did with his play," Jacobson said. "His play early really provided a lot of leadership for our team on this trip. That was important today on a short turnaround."

    Senior Eric Coleman led the Panthers in scoring for the first time in six games, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds. Adam Koch and Kerwin Dunham each had 11 points, while Josten chipped in 10.

    UNI scored six of the first seven points in the third quarter to take its biggest lead, 35-25, but Israel countered with an 11-4 flurry to make it 39-36. The Panthers took a three-point lead into the final 10 minutes, but Erez Kohansky's 3-pointer evened the game, 45-45.

    After trading baskets, Dunham drained his third trifecta of the game to give UNI the lead for good, 50-47. Israel stayed within reach, but Coleman scored three baskets down the stretch, and Brooks McKowen buried a 3-pointer late to seal the win.

    "In the third quarter, we settled for jump shots against their zone," Jacobson said. "In that fourth quarter, we did a great job of getting the ball to Eric on the block.

    "It was good to see because there isn't much of a post game in the international game. With the lane being wider, the bigger guys are catching the ball further away from the basket, and that's been an adjustment for Eric and Jordan (Eglseder).

    "But there's also a lot more contact around the basket, which has been a great thing for our big guys, and that's going to make our big guys a lot more prepared for the upcoming season."

    Despite not coming home with a medal, Jacobson was pleased with the perseverance his squad showed after the opening-game loss to Lithuania.

    "We're disappointed we didn't play better against Lithuania," he said. "I think if we had a shot at them again, it's a game we have a chance to compete in and go down to the end. Our guys, though, played good basketball after that first game and showed a lot of pride."

    Yuval Naimy paced Israel with 16 points and Nitzan Hanochi compiled 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Israel, which was 4-1 coming into the game like UNI, shot 39 percent from the field.

    "We played very well defensively," Jacobson said. "We did a very good job of containing the dribble and forcing Israel to shoot jump shots."

    Jacobson said the team will spend the remainder of today and Saturday sightseeing before leaving at 2:15 a.m. Sunday (Thailand time). The Panthers are scheduled to land at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids around 7 p.m. Sunday.

    "It was definitely a good trip for our guys," Jacobson said, "and the experience guys like Kerwin and Jordan got by starting four or five basketball games against older and more physically mature players will really pay off for them come November."


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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    5-1 in a 24 team tourney and you're 9th place? I don't understand the mathematics...



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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    I think that due to some wierd scoring system involving points, UNI only missed out on being in the top 8 due to a technicalilty and a tie-breaker.



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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    thats pretty impressive when you think about it...


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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    They played there first two games. They went 1-1. That was not good enough too make it into the winners pool so they went to the loser pool and won the next 4 to end up 5-1. If they would of won there first two games and then lost somewhere they would of ended up higher then 9th.


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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    It's the same system that Team USA is playing in now, only with different sized pools, and less teams...they played there first two games in a 3 team pool with the top 2 advancing, and they went 1-1 to finish 2nd and advance to play the top 2 from another pool...they beat the other two teams from the different pool, but Lithuania split, causing three teams to be 2-1 (their win from the first round didn't count because the team didn't advance, but their loss to Lithuania did since Lithuania advanced)...unfortunately they were the odd team out in the three team tie-breaker, because they used point differential, and they finished one point behind Turkey...so they advanced to the 9th-12th place round instead, and won both games there.



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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    bellzisu you are wrong.
    Clone_12 you are right.

    The crappy part was that UNI was told that if they won those two games in the 2nd round they would move on to the medal round. If they had known that was true they probably would have ran up the score some more in those games and wouldn't have missed the pt differential by a single pt.



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    Re: UNI was 5-1 and 9th

    Quote Originally Posted by tester View Post
    bellzisu you are wrong.
    Clone_12 you are right.

    The crappy part was that UNI was told that if they won those two games in the 2nd round they would move on to the medal round. If they had known that was true they probably would have ran up the score some more in those games and wouldn't have missed the pt differential by a single pt.

    You really didn't have to point out that I was wrong. What did I ever do to you... Just kiddin there.

    I knew it was a pool type system but I didn't know the exact makeup of it. So at least I had a clue...


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