Australia and New Zealand Lose at World University Games

Aug. 12, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand -Aron Baynes scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, but his native Australia lost 69-53 to the Czech Republic in a men's basketball second phase contest at the World University Games, Sunday.

In other second phase action, Washington State guard Thomas Abercrombie and New Zealand lost 90-87 to Israel.

Baynes, a Cougar center and native of Cairns (pronounced CANS), Australia, tallied team-highs with 16 points and eight rebounds. Through four games in the tournament, he is averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

Australia scored the game's first nine points and led 15-14 after one quarter. The Czech Republic rebounded to take a 21-20 lead with five minutes left in the first half on the strength of a 14-3 run.

The Czech Republic led 37-28 at intermission and 48-43 after three quarters before outscoring Australia 21-10 in the final stanza to pull away for the victory.

Australia finishes second phase play with a 12:15 a.m. PDT game, Monday against Kazakhstan.

In New Zealand's loss, Abercrombie recorded four points, five rebounds, and one block.

Israel ran out to a 14-0 lead and led 32-20 after the first quarter. New Zealand closed to within 45-43 late in the first half with a 10-0 spurt.

Israel pushed its lead to 72-64 after three quarters and held on for the victory. The game was close in most categories, but the difference was Israel outscoring New Zealand 60-36 in the paints and 16-0 on fastbreaks.

New Zealand plays Korea at 11:30 p.m., Sunday to round out second phase action.

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