With Kansas playing without four regulars, including three returning starters, the AMW France Pro Team defeated Kansas 79-60 here Sunday evening.
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, 14 suited up with 10 freshmen, one senior, one junior and two sophomores, fought hard for three quarters but could not keep 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 scored seven of the next 10 points for the home team on its 10-2 run, making the score 65-54.
Kansas was led by freshman Perry 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.