Aug. 22, 2011
UPDATE: Gophers senior forward capped an excellent tournament for Team USA in the World University Games with a dominant 21-point, 8-rebound performance in the team's 86-83 win over Germany Monday in Shenzhen, China. Mbakwe finishes the Games as one of four Americans to average double figures in points with 11.4. With 75 rebounds overall, (9.4 rpg.), Mbakwe now lists third in the USA Men's all time WUGs record book and fifth in blocked shots with 13 rejections (1.6 bpg).
"It was really fun," said Mbakwe about his experience in China. "I'm going to miss these guys. We were put together at the last minute. We weren't able to play with each other as much as a lot of these other teams, but it's been great. We're like brothers. We're going to keep in contact."
The USA finished with the tournament's best record at 7-1 despite being knocked out of the medal round by Lithuania in the quarterfinals.
For video highlights from all action in the World University Games, visit http://www.usabasketball.com/video.
Previous Team USA action:
USA 94, Romania 74 (Mbakwe: 7 points, 8 rebounds) BOX SCORE
Lithuania 76, USA 74 (Mbakwe: 6 points, 10 rebounds) BOX SCORE
USA 94, Israel 84 (Mbakwe: 12 points, 13 rebounds) BOX SCORE
USA 88, Chinese Pros 61 - Exhibition (Mbakwe: 9 points, 8 rebounds)
Minnesota Falls Short to Texas Tech, 81-68
Carlos Morris and Joey King each scored 15 points to lead the Gophers (3-2).
Minnesota holds off Missouri State 74-69
Joey King scored 18 points to help Minnesota beat Missouri State 74-69 in Friday's consolation bracket at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Minnesota Falls To Temple 75-70
Nate Mason led the Golden Gophers with 20 points in Puerto Rico.