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Golden Trip To Taipei For Geben

Aug. 29, 2017

Senior forward Martinas Geben finished his run with the Lithuanian Student National Team at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, in golden fashion, helping his team claim the gold medal with a 85-74 victory over the United States representative team, Purdue University, on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

The gold medal caps a grueling month of basketball for the Vilnius, Lithuania, native. After participating in a team camp at Druskininkai, Lithuania, from July 18 through July 25, Geben was a member of the 15-player travel party to China that participated in a series of exhibition games in preparation for the World University Games.

Competing against Angola, New Zealand, China, Serbia and Montenegro during the 15-day tour, Geben earned a spot on the team during the nine-game stint. After arriving in Taipei for the tournament practice sessions, Geben promptly made headlines by shattering a backboard during a team workout.

?? Achievement unlocked!@Martin_Geben takes out his first backboard in Taipei with Lithuanian Student Team.
?hope they have a backup

– Notre Dame MBB (@NDmbb) August 14, 2017

The tournament started for the Lithuanian team with a victory over Israel, then a close loss to Australia. Geben’s team quickly recovered to rattle off six consecutive victories to earn the gold medal. Among his memorable performances in the run, Geben had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Russia and 12 points with seven rebounds in the gold medal game against Purdue.

Unbridled joy on the #basketball court for #Lithuania tonight at #Taipei2017

– #FISU #SUTaipei2017 (@FISUnetwork) August 29, 2017

Geben is expected back to campus over the weekend and will jump right into his class work and preseason workout routine with his teammates. With 24 career starts under his belt, Geben can now bring a measure of gold-medal confidence into his final year on the Irish roster.

Geben game-by-game at the World University Games:

Vs. Israel, Aug. 20, 2017

W, 79-70

22:49 MP 10 PTS 5-8 FG 8 REB 1 AST 1 BLK

Vs. Australia, Aug. 21, 2017

L, 82-84

28:23 MP 12 PTS 6-14 FG 9 REB 2 AST 3 BLK

Vs. Mozambique, Aug. 23, 2017

W, 122-35

16:29 MP 12 PTS 5-7 FG 2-2 FT 7 REB 3 AST

Vs. Ukraine, Aug. 24, 2017

W, 76-71

20:31 MP 5 PTS 2-2 FG 1-2 FT 5 REB 1 BKL

Vs. Russia, Aug. 25, 2017

W, 112-71

23:00 MP 20 PTS 5-7 FG 10-12 FT 11 REB 4 AST

Vs. Argentina, Aug. 27, 2017

W, 72-70

25:46 MP 6 PTS 3-4 FG 0-1 FT 7 REB 2 AST 1 STL 3 BLK

Vs. Latvia, Aug. 28, 2017

W, 77-75

16:56 MP 6 pts 3-11 FG 1 REB

Vs. United States (Purdue University), Aug. 29, 2017

W, 85-74

24:35 MP 12 pts 5-11 FG 2-2 FT 7 REB 2 AST 1 BLK


86 PTS (10.8 pg)

34-64 (.531%)

55 REB (6.9 pg)

14 AST


Proud of my big Lithuanian!
Helped his team to gold at World University Games.
Congrats @Martin_Geben !

– Mike Brey (@NDMikeBrey) August 29, 2017