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Aug. 16, 2004

Marseilles, France – Iowa’s Adam Haluska (Carroll, Iowa) scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Big Ten Foreign Tour Team to a convincing 103-68 win over Marseille-Fos basketball club today, helping the team claim its second win in two days. Haluska was one of five players to score in double figures.

Indiana’s Marshall Strickland (Winfield, Md.) had 15 points and seven boards while Illinois Illini Warren Carter (Dallas, Tex.) chipped in with 14 and six. Penn State Nittany Lion Marlon Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) was once again was once again a solid floor general, dishing out a team-best five assists to go along with 13 points and three rebounds. Michigan State’s Delco Rowley (Indianapolis, Ind.) rounded out the Big Ten double-figure scorers with 11 points and six rebounds. Rowley also had three assists.

Purdue’s Brandon McKnight (South Bend, Ind.) had nine points, seven rebounds and four assists. Dan Coleman (Minneapolis, Minn.) of Minnesota had eight points and six boards as well. Amadou Ba (Mauritania, Africa) had six rebounds to go along with two points.

Playing a four-quarter game, the Big Ten inched out to a 22-17 first quarter lead before blowing things open in the second quarter, outscoring the host team 37-15 to take a 59-32 halftime lead. The Big Ten outscored Fos by three in the third quarter and by five in the final stanza.

The Big Ten squad, led by Penn State assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie (filling in for Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis who underwent surgery last week), out-rebounded Fox 54 to 30, led by the trio of Strickland, Haluska and McKnight, who each had seven.

The Big Ten, now 2-0, will travel to Italy tomorrow and take a day off from playing. The team’s next game will be on Monday, when it battles the Casale Monferrato Basketball Club in Casale Monferrato, Italy.

BIG TEN SCORING-REBOUND-ASSIST SUMMARY:
Delco Rowley (Michigan State), 11-6-3; Brandon McKnight (Purdue) 9-7-4; Clayton Hanson (Wisconsin), 6-0-1; Dan Coleman (Minnesota), 8-6-0; Davor Duvancic (Northwestern), 2-1-0; Marlon Smith (Penn State), 13-3-5; Marshall Strickland (Indiana), 15-7-2; Kevin Fellows (Penn State), 2-2-1; Warren Carter (Illinois), 14-6-1; Amadou Ba (Michigan), 2-6-1; Matt Marinchick, (Ohio State), 5-3-0. TOTALS 103-54-19