Canada Rallies to Down Australia

July 10, 2013

KAZAN, Russia - Australia suffered its first defeat at the World University Games Wednesday, falling to Canada 92-83. In a game full of major scoring runs, Canada had the last say with a 19-3 burst in the fourth quarter to take control of the crucial game.

Canada is now tied atop the Group C standings with the United States at 3-0, with Australia a game behind at 2-1. The Boomers take on Team USA Thursday, in almost a must-win game. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. (MT), and it will be streamed live on ESPN3. The game can be seen tape delayed on ESPNU at 5 p.m. (MT)

Boise State rising junior Igor Hadziomerovic did his part to keep Australia ahead in the fourth quarter. With a two-point advantage at the start of the final period, Hadziomerovic assisted on a pair of three-pointers in the first three minutes to put the Green and Gold up by eight with 7:44 to play. From there, Canada took over.

The team from North America hit back-to-back threes to get back within two. An Australia basket at the 6:28 mark offered a brief reprieve, but it was the last field goal the team would get for more than six minutes. Canada reeled off 13 points while Australia split two trips to the free throw line, as the lead disappeared and the Boomers trailed 86-79.

A free throw by Hadziomerovic made it a two-possession game with 1:22 left on the clock, but Canada made four free throws and a two-point basket to make it a 12-point game with 17 seconds to play. The final bucket capped a 25-5 run and iced the game. Australia hit a desperation three-pointer to provide the final margin at 92-83.

Hadziomerovic had three points, three rebounds and three assists in 16 minutes on the floor.

The first half saw the teams trade dominant quarters before things tightened up in the third. Australia raced out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but Canada reeled off a 22-2 run for a 14-point cushion. The squads traded hoops until a buzzer beater put the Canadians up 12 after the first quarter, 27-15.

Canada stretched its lead to 16 in the early stages of the second quarter. Eventually Australia found its groove and a 17-1 run put the Boomers on top 35-34 at the 3:26 mark of the period. After two more lead changes and two ties, Australia put together a 9-2 mini run to take control before halftime. Canada did not let the Aussies take all of the momentum into the locker room though, beating the buzzer again to make the score 46-41 at the half. All told, Australia outscored Canada 31-14 in the quarter.

Neither team was able to break off a big scoring spurt in the third quarter. Two more lead changes and two more ties came and went. Hadziomerovic found his way into the scoring column, scoring two points with 26 seconds left in the quarter to give Australia a three-point advantage. One free throw by Canada made it a two-point game heading into the decisive fourth stanza.

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