Aron Baynes Leads Australia to World University Games Victory

Aug. 14, 2007

BANGKOK, Thailand - Washington State center Aron Baynes registered his second double-double at the World University Games and led Australia to an 89-57 victory over Kazakhstan in a second phase contest, Tuesday.

Baynes, a native of Cairns (pronounced CANS), tallied a game-high 21 points on the strength of 10-for-12 shooting and ripped down a game-high 10 rebounds. His other double-double game in the first game of the tournament when he had 19 points and 12 boards in a two-point loss to Korea.

Through five games, Baynes is the leader of the tournament in points (91), scoring average (18.2) and field goals made (40). He ranks second in rebounds (45), blocked shots (12) and field goal percentage (72.7, 40-for-55), third in rebounding average (9.0) and fourth in blocks average (2.4).

Australia led 22-9 late in the first quarter before Kazakhstan used a 15-2 run to pull even at 24 with five minutes left in the first half.

The Australians led 35-34 at halftime and 43-37 midway through the third quarter, then went on a 17-9 spurt to enter the final stanza up 60-46.

The teams swapped buckets for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter before the Australians closed the game on a 23-5 run to post the 32-point victory.

Australia (2-3) outscored Kazakhstan 66-22 in the paint and outrebounded its counterpart 45-28. The Australians will play Chinese Taipei Wednesday at 10 p.m. PDT in a 17th-20th place classification game.

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