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Aug. 16, 2004

Casale Monferrato, Italy – The 2004 Big Ten Foreign Tour Team, under the guidance of Penn State assistant coach Kurt Kanaskie, ran its record to 3-0 with an impressive 95-74 win over Marina Traviglia Basketball Club today. The win was the team’s third in four days.

Wisconsin’s Clayton Hanson (Reedsburg, Wis.) led the charge, leading the Big Ten with 17 points and three assists. The 6-5 guard also had four rebounds and two steals in the game. Michigan State’s Delco Rowley (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 14 points and six boards as well.

Penn State guard Marlon Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) had his second straight double-figure game, scoring 12 points, while Iowa’s Adam Haluska (Carroll, Iowa) had 12 and five rebounds. Northwestern forward Davor Duvancic (Split, Croatia) had eight points and a team-best ten rebounds.

For the first time in the tour, the Big Ten found itself trailing after the first period, with Traviglia holding a 21-16 lead. But the Big Ten offense found itself while the defense clamped down and Kanaskie’s crew outscored the host team 24-14 in the second stanza to take a 40-35 lead at the half. The Big Ten blew the game open in the second stanza, scoring 33 points to only 14 for the Italian team, and the squad had an insurmountable 73-49 lead after three periods.

Other top performers included Purdue’s Brandon McKnight (South Bend, Ind.), who had seven points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nittany Lion Kevin Fellows (Meridian, Idaho) had three rebounds, a block and an assist.)

The Big Ten is now a perfect 3-0 in its five-game swing through the Mediterranean. The conference squad will be off tomorrow and conclude its tour with games Wednesday and Thursday.

The future of the Big Ten is on display overseas as seven of the 12 players have completed two or fewer seasons of college basketball. The League’s last Foreign Tour Team in 2002 produced seven eventual All-Big Ten selections and built a 4-1 record with games in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The Conference office has now sent teams overseas in 12 of the last 14 years, compiling an overall record of 49-29 and a mark of 13-1 during the last three trips in 2001, 2002 and 2004. BIG TEN SUMMARY (listed as POINTS-REBOUNDS-ASSISTS-STEALS):
Delco Rowley, Michigan State (14-6-1-2); Brandon McKnight, Purdue (7-4-3-2); Clayton Hanson, Wisconsin (17-4-3-2); Dan Coleman, Minnesota (6-2-1-0); Marlon Smith, Penn State (12-2-1-0); Marshall Strickland, Indiana (8-1-0-2); Kevin Fellows, Penn State (0-3-0-0); Davor Duvancic, Northwestern (8-10-1-1); Warren Carter, Illinois (7-4-0-0); Adam Haluska, Iowa (12-5-1-2); Amadou Ba, Michigan (4-2-0-0); Matt Marinchick, Ohio State (0-6-2-0).

BIG TEN BLOCKS:
Fellows 1, Duvancic 1, Ba 1.

SCORE BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 TOT Traviglia 21 14 14 25 -74 Big Ten 16 24 33 22 -95

2004 BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Result Opponent/Event Site
Aug. 10   Depart for France
Aug. 11   NO GAME
Aug. 12   NO GAME
Aug. 13 W, 84-78 Frejus Basketball Club Frejus, France
Aug. 14 W, 103-68 Marseille-Fos Basketball Club Marseille, France
Aug. 15   Depart for Italy
Aug. 16 W, 95-74 Marina Traviglia Basketball Club Casale Monferrato, Italy
Aug. 17   NO GAME
Aug. 18   Casalpusterlengo Basketball Club Casalpusterlengo, Italy
Aug. 19   Cremona Basketball Club Cremona, Italy
Aug. 20   Depart for United States

2004 BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR STATISTICS

School Player Pos. Yr. PPG RPG
ILL Warren Carter F SO 11.3 4.0
IND Marshall Strickland G JR 9.0 3.0
IOWA Adam Haluska G SO 13.0 4.0
MICH Amadou Ba C SO 2.7 3.0
MSU Delco Rowley F SO 9.7 5.0
MINN Dan Coleman F SO 8.0 4.7
NU Davor Duvancic F SR 4.3 4.7
OSU Matt Marinchick C SR 5.7 3.7
PSU Kevin Fellows C SR 0.7 2.3
PSU Marlon Smith G SO 10.7 3.7
PUR Brandon McKnight G SR 7.0 5.0
WIS Clayton Hanson G SR 12.0 2.0