Kansas Concludes European Tour with 79-60 Loss to AMW France Pros
Aug. 12, 2012
PARIS – Kansas freshman Perry Ellis scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but couldn’t help lift a youthful Kansas squad over the AMW France Pro Team in a 79-60 European Trip Finale at Stade Pierre de Coubertin Sunday. Kansas played without four regulars, including three returning starters.
An estimated crowd of 2,000 at Stade Pierre de Coubertin saw AMW explode in the fourth quarter behind former Washington Wizard forward Kevin Seraphin’s nine points outscoring KU 24-10. Seraphin, who was back in Paris after participating for the French National Team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, scored 16 points for the game.
As head coach Bill Self mentioned following Saturday’s 74-73 loss to the AMW team, he was not going to play senior starters Elijah Johnson, Travis Releford and Jeff Withey to give the younger players extra time on the floor. The trio and redshirt freshman Ben McLemore sat on the KU bench in street clothes. McLemore is still recovering from injury.
The young Jayhawks – nine freshmen, one senior, two juniors and two sophomores suited up Sunday – fought hard for three quarters but could not keep up with the French pros in the final stanza. KU trailed by two after the first quarter, 20-18. But the Jayhawks battled back and took a 34-31 lead into intermission. AMW then went to work making three of their nine three pointers in the third quarter to take a 55-50 lead heading into the final period.
Kansas cut the lead to 55-52 on a Landen Lucas basket, but then AMW turned to Seraphin, who keyed a 10-2 run by scoring seven of the next 10 points for the home team, making the score 65-54.
Kansas was led by Ellis who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Andrew White had 15 points for the Jayhawks, including three three-pointers. KU outrebounded AMW 54-36 for the game yet was plagued once again by turnovers with 26.
KU will have one more day in Paris and return to Lawrence on Aug. 14.