Dongguk University kept its playoff hopes alive by beating Kyung Hee University at home. Dankook University in the women’s college division took sole possession of the lead after beating Kangwon National University.
Dongguk University won 82-69 against Kyung Hee University in the men’s game of the 2023 KUSF University Basketball U-League at Dongguk University Gymnasium on Thursday. Dongguk University’s record in the university league is 5-8. They have a good shot at the playoffs.
As if recognizing the importance of the game, both teams played hard from the start. Dongguk University took the lead first with a basket by Ji Yong-hyun (201 cm, C) and a three-pointer by Baek Seung-yeop (184 cm, G).먹튀검증
Kyung Hee University didn’t go down without a fight. Kim Soo-oh (200 cm, F) scored a basket and Ahn Se-joon (196 cm, F) added a three-pointer to tie the game.
However, Dongguk University’s spear was sharper. Dongguk set the tone with two three-pointers from Lee Hak-seung (190 cm, F) and Baek Seung-yeop.
Despite a strong push from Kyung Hee University at the end of the first quarter, Dongguk ended the first quarter with a one-point advantage, 16-15. It was a close game between the teams that met on the wooden bridge.
After starting the second quarter with a one-point deficit, Kyung Hee University turned the tide early in the second quarter. Transitions and defense came alive.
Kyung Hee University got off to a good start with three straight points from Kim Soo-oh. Substitute Lee Hae-won (184 cm, G) added a point with an aggressive rim attack. The sophomore duo of Hwang Young-chan (178 cm, G) and Lee Seung-gu (190 cm, F) and Kim Soo-oh combined to extend the lead to 11 points.
After regrouping in regulation time, Dongguk University fought back with three-pointers. It was Lim Jung-hyun (192 cm, F) who opened the scoring. He also induced Kyung Hee University’s operating time.
Kyung Hee University’s timeout didn’t stop Dongguk University’s three-point shooting. Lim narrowed the gap with another three-pointer.
Park Seung-jae (180 cm, G) then refused to relinquish the spotlight to the junior. He made two three-pointers to complete the comeback. Dongguk ended the second quarter with a one-point advantage, 33-32.
Dongguk carried the momentum into the third quarter. The third quarter was also dominated by three-pointers.
Baek Seung-yeop, who showed off his fiery hands in the first quarter, knocked down a three-pointer and a jumper from long range.
Kyung Hee University answered right back. Lee Seung-gu and Lim Sung-chae (185 cm, G) hit a pair of three-pointers. Lee Dae-gyun gave up a basket, but Lim Sung-chae responded with another three-pointer.
Dongguk University, however, had the height advantage. They kept getting offensive rebounds. Kyung Hee University’s momentum subsided. Park Seung-jae’s three-pointer also found the rim.
Dongguk ended the third quarter with a 54-46 lead. A fireworks display of three-pointers widened the gap.
Dongguk University took full control of the game by the middle of the fourth quarter. They gradually built up the score difference with stable defense and outside shooting.
Baek Seung-yeop and Park Seung-jae’s three-point shots were on fire. The firepower of Dongguk University’s “splash duo” did not stop throughout the game.
Kyung Hee University followed suit with freshmen Kim Soo-oh and Lim Sung-chae. They gradually reduced the score gap to double digits.
Lim intercepted a pass in the Dongguk University zone with 2:11 left in the fourth quarter. She immediately connected on a three-pointer. The score was 63-71, an eight-point lead.
Kyung Hee University continued to pressure Dongguk University with a full-court press. It was a situation where they could have pulled off the upset.
However, Kyung Hee University head coach Kim Hyun-guk left the court with a technical foul after protesting. Dongguk University took advantage of the free throws by Han Jae-hyuk (180 cm, G) and a basket by Lee Dae-gyun. They secured a valuable point.
Meanwhile, in the women’s division, Dankook University regained sole possession of the lead with a win over Kangwon National University. Dankook’s record in the college league is 7-2.
Park Sung-eun (177 cm, C) led the way with 16 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocked shots. Moon Ji-hyun (168 cm, F) also contributed 15 points, two rebounds, and four assists. Osein (168 cm, G) also showed his versatility with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and eight steals.