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U.S. out of medal contention at World University Games

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The U.S. men's team lost back-to-back games and cannot medal in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.

Led by Louisville's Luke Hancock, Creighton's Doug McDermott and Michigan State's Adreian Payne, the U.S. lost to Australia 93-84 Thursday and Canada 94-85 Friday. Therefore, the team is ineligible to medal.

It is the second straight World University Games in which the men's team failed to medal. The team also missed out in 2011. It took bronze in 2009 and has not won gold since 2005.

Hancock scored a team-high 27 points against Canada as the U.S. dropped to 3-2 in the tournament.

"We didn't defend well enough to win the game," Hancock said via CBS Sports. "That's as simple as it gets. If you give up that many points, it's going to be hard to win games no matter what you do."

The U.S. moves on to separate pool play through July 15.

"Canada certainly is a very good team," coach Bob McKillop of Davidson said. "They look like a team, they played like a team. Our guys emptied their gas tanks. They gave a great effort, but we fell short."
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