Washington's Pondexter Helps USA Medal at Men's World University Games

July 13, 2009

 

BELGRADE, Seribia -- Washington State's Nikola Koprivica helped host-Serbia capture a gold medal at the Men's World University Games on Saturday, defeating Russia, 73-51, in front of a crowd of nearly 22,000 fans. while Husky forward Quincy Pondexter and Team USA beat Israel, 91-80, to win the bronze. The Games spanned eight days, beginning July 3 and concluded July 11.

Koprivica was playing in his hometown of Belgrade, Serbia. The Serbians went 6-1 in the tournament, with the Russians, who upset the Americans on Friday, went 6-2. Serbia improved on its performance from two years ago when they captured silver in 2007, falling to Lithuania in the gold medal match.

Pondexter (Fresno, Calif.), who averaged 7.9 points per game and started in three of the team's seven games, helped the U.S. post wins over Finland (87-40), South Korea (113-76), Greece (108-77), Serbia (68-66) and Bulgaria (96-66), before being edged out by Russia (69-68). The American bounced back, however, and defeated Isreal to medal for the 19th-straight time at the World University Games. The USA is 131-8 all-time at the event, owning 13 golds, three silver and three bronze.

Pondexter, who suffered an ankle injury in the loss to Russia, shot 47.2 percent from the floor and averaged 1.4 assists per game in the tournament. He scored a team-high tying 14 points in the win over South Korea.

The U.S. participated in the Serbia Invitational from June 27-29 prior to playing in the World University Games. The Americans played in a four-team round robin, defeating Canada (85-81), and Russia (67-63), but lost to the hosts (98-82). Pondexter averaged 5.3 ppg during those games and shot 80 percent (8-for-10) from the free throw line.

For more information on USA Basketball and the World University games, visit www.usabasketball.com.

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