Korea University defeated Chung-Ang University, while Konkuk University took down Hanyang University.
Korea University (KU) won 66-54 against Chung-Ang University (Chung-Ang University) in the South Division of the 2023 KUSF University Basketball U-League at Chung-Ang University’s Anseong Campus Gymnasium on Sunday. The win was their 12th straight. KU is one step closer to winning the league title.
Korea University started the game with a mid-range basket from Lee Kang-hyun. However, Kim Tae-hoon responded and Kim Do-woon used his speed to add energy to the team. Park Mubin also scored a breakaway basket, and Moon Jung-hyun stepped up to take the lead.
KU drew team fouls early on, which led to free throws. They continued to harass their opponents with strong pressure defense. Park Mubin’s breakthrough scored and KU ended the first quarter with a 23-13 lead.
However, at the beginning of the second quarter, KU was unable to break through the opponent’s zone defense. They only managed three points in the first five minutes of the quarter. They gave up six points in a row to Lee Ju-young and couldn’t control their opponent’s quick offense. The gap narrowed again. KU then called for an operational timeout.
After reorganizing through the timeout, KU scored again step by step. Moon Jung-hyun scored from under the basket. It was the first goal in a long time. On top of that, Park Jung-hwan scored a breakthrough goal to bring back the momentum. Three seconds before the end of the quarter, KU added a basket by Yang Jun to make it 34-27.
KU continued to struggle with the opponent’s zone defense at the beginning of the third quarter. They were unable to score easily and increase their lead. Instead, they allowed two consecutive three-pointers from Lee Ju-young to cut the deficit to one point.
KU then called for a timeout. After the timeout, Yang Jun scored back-to-back baskets to break the opponent’s flow once. On defense, the team pressed hard from the high position and prevented the opponent from advancing. After that, KU took control of the game with the help of Park Mubin and Moon Jung-hyun. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 52-45.
With the momentum in their favor, KU pressured their opponents harder. The strong pressure caused the opponent’s mistakes. In addition, Moon Jung-hyun, Lee Dong-geun, and Kim Tae-hoon scored. The close game was quickly over. KU went on an 11-2 run to set the tone.
Despite the gap in the score, KU remained vigilant until the end. They didn’t lower the intensity of the pressure. With additional runs from their players, KU won the game by 12 points. 스포츠토토
Meanwhile, KU won a 30-point victory against Hanyang University at KU’s Chungju campus gymnasium. With the big win against their playoff rivals, KU moved one step closer to qualifying for the playoffs.