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 to Northwestern 82-58
Jordan Murphy scored 14 points and Nate Mason finished with eight for Minnesota.
Minnesota Falls to No. 19 Indiana, 74-68
The Golden Gophers took a 67-66 lead with 3:54 to go, but Indiana finished the game on an 8-1 run to seal the win.
Minnesota Falls Short to No. 21 Purdue, 68-64
Vince Edwards scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help No. 21 Purdue hang on without freshman standout Caleb Swanigan and beat Minnesota 68-64 on Wednesday night.