HOOPS: Cougs author new global chapters

WASHINGTON STATE's Aron Baynes and Thomas Abercrombie opened play in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday for their respective national teams, Australia and New Zealand. Baynes, the Wazzu center, was everywhere, logging a double-double. Abercrombie, who plays guard for the resurgent Cougs, did a little bit of everything, contributing rebounds, assists, points and blocks.

Both efforts, however, came in losses. Aron Baynes racked up 18 points and 12 rebounds as Australia dropped a close decision 81-79 to Korea in the opener at the World University Games.

Baynes' points and rebounds were both game-highs. A native of Cairns, Australia, dominated the paint. He led the the Aussies to a 46-24 advantage on points in the paint, and a 35-27 rebounding edge.

Korea used a 14-0 run to increase its advantage to 43-26 late in the second quarter before withstanding the late Australia comeback. Australia meets Israel on Friday.

Thomas Abercrombie logged three rebounds, two assists, two points and two blocks but New Zealand trailed throughout and was unable to mount a serious challenge to Canada, falling 74-62.

Canada led 21-13 after the first quarter and 31-25 at halftime before taking control with an 8-0 run late in the third to increase their lead to 52-39. New Zealand closed to within seven points early in the fourth, but was unable to get any closer.

The Washington State guard and his New Zealand teammates next face host Thailand.

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