KAZAN (World University Games) - Hosts Russia went into the 27th Summer Universiade (World University Games) with one thing in mind.
A team that had members of last year's Russian Olympic squad, Sergey Karasev and Semen Antonov, and plenty of players with top-flight clubs in the country, wanted gold.
The Russians, coached by Karasev's father, former national team point guard Vasily Karasev, followed up a hard-fought Semi-Final triumph over Canada with an 81-74 victory over Australia's Emerging Boomers.
Karasev, selected 19th overall in last month's NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, had 15 points while power forward Andrey Zubkov led the Russians with 19 points.
Russia were loaded with experienced players, with their point guard from the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Dmitriy Khvostov, and former U19 star Dmitri Kulagin, also in the squad.
"I want to congratulate all the fans, all the players and all those who suffered and suffered for us," said Vasily Karasev.
"Kudos to the boys that they stood firm.
"The Australians were stronger and healthier than us, but we survived."
The younger Karasev was named the MVP of the tournament.
"Finally, we won the gold medal for the first time in our history at the Universiade," he said.
"A huge thanks to the fans. They gave us tremendous support in the Final."
Karasev, if Russia qualify, will be one of his country's star attractions at next year's FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Russia need to have a top six finish at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia to book their place in next year's event.
If Spain clinch a spot in the first six, then a top seven placing would punch Russia's ticket to the World Cup.
Serbia, meanwhile, captured the bronze medal with an 87-74 victory over Canada.