Russell Scores 23 in All-Stars' Loss to Swiss

Sophomore Nick Russell led all scorers with 23 points on Sunday against the Swiss National Team.

Aug. 8, 2010

FROEBORG, Switzerland - Despite a game-high 23 points from Kansas State sophomore Nick Russell, the East Coast All-Stars dropped the opener of their nine-day tour of Europe with a 92-80 loss to the Swiss National Team on Sunday before a crowd of nearly 7,000 fans.


The All-Stars rallied from a nine-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to take a 69-68 lead with 6:49 to play.  However, back to back three-pointers from Swiss guard Westher Molten gave the squad a 74-69 edge that they would not relinquish.  The All-Stars were plagued by poor shooting both from the field (nine missed lay-ups) and from the free throw line (8-of-18). 


Russell led all scorers with 23 points, while Wildcat teammate Jamar Samuels and Lewis Jackson each tallied 13 points.  Notre Dame's Scott Martin had a near double-double with 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.  Both Wildcats had solid all-around games, as Russell added four rebounds, three assists and one steal to his point total, while Samuels posted five rebounds, a team-high four blocks and three steals to go with his 13 points.


Former Iowa standout Greg Brunner led the Swiss National Team with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists.  Brunner officially became a Swiss citizen on Saturday in anticipation of the squad's trip to the World Championships in two weeks.


The two teams will play again Monday morning at 9 a.m. CST.