KAZAN, Russia -- Despite falling behind by a game-high 18 points at the end of the first quarter, Australia fought back to earn a dramatic 65-62 victory over Serbia in the semifinals of the World University Games this morning.
Former Saint Mary's standouts Clint Steindl and Mitchell Young and the rest of the Emerging Boomers will play Russia in tomorrow's title game after the hosts knocked-off Canada 78-68 in the other semifinal contest.
The championship game is scheduled to tip-off at 10:30 a.m. (Pacific) and will be streamed live online at WatchESPN.com. It will also be televised on a delayed basis on ESPNU beginning at 4 p.m.
Australia enters tomorrow's title game with a 6-1 record in the Games, the only loss being a 92-83 Group C setback against Canada. The Aussies are outscoring their opponents by a 20.2 per game margin.
Steindl is fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 9.0 points per game, and is shooting 49 percent from the field and an impressive 54 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Young is scoring at an 8.3 per game clip and averages 4.9 rebounds per game.
In today's semifinal game, Serbia raced out to a quick start in the first period to gain a 24-6 lead at the end of the quarter. Australia narrowed the deficit in the second period, pulling to within 16 points at halftime 21-37.
Australia went on a 21-11 run to get within six points at at the end of the third period, then used a 9-1 run midway through the fourth term to take their first lead since early in the game.