It may not have been the medal he wanted, but Robbie Hummel left the World University Games with some hardware around his neck.
Hummel and his Team USA teammates defeated Israel 91-80 on Saturday in the third-place game in Belgrade, Serbia. Hummel had five points, three rebounds and two assists as the Americans won the bronze medal.
"We really wanted to go home with a medal," Hummel said. "When we couldn't win the gold, we wanted to make sure that we could get the bronze."
The Americans had four players in double figures, led by 14 points and nine rebounds from Marquette's Lazar Hayward.
Hummel, a Purdue junior and Valparaiso High graduate, ended his summer with Team USA averaging 7.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games.
"It's always good to get out to see other cultures and I enjoyed that," Hummel said. "We were in a different country playing basically a road game every night with our backs against the wall and people cheering against us."
Hummel will fly back to the United States on Monday and plans to return to Purdue until August, when he will get a chance to come to Valparaiso for a bit before the school year resumes.
World University Games
United States 91, Israel 80
Marquette's Lazar Hayward had 14 points and nine rebounds.