In his FIBA World Championship debut, Rice University sophomore Arsalan Kazemi scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday as Iran began the tournament with an 81-65 loss to Brazil. Kazemi was 4-for-11 from the field.
Iran continues play in Group B on Sunday against Croatia. Iran's pool also includes Slovenia, Tunisia and the United States. Kazemi's team, which includes Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, will play Team USA on Wednesday.