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Aug. 16, 2005

Matt Terwilliger, a 6-foot-9-inch Ohio State sophomore center, scored six points in a loss to VIC Barcelona Monday for the Big Ten’s summer touring team.

The 110-104 loss was the second for the league squad, currently on an 11-day, five-game trip to Spain. The squad fell 143-117 to the Huesca Basketball Club in Spain last Saturday.

Free throws proved to be the downfall for the Big Ten squad vs. VIC Barcelona, which shot 61 foul shots while the league team attempted 17. The teams were tied at 30 after the first of four 10-minute quarters and trailed 58-53 at the half. Down 82-73 after the third stanza, the Big Ten squad cut the lead to 103-100 but a VIC 3-pointer with 45 seconds to play ended the Big Ten’s comeback attempt.

Illinois’ Calvin Brock led with 18 points followed by teammate Brian Randle with 17. Marco Killingsworth of Indiana added 14 while Goran Suton of Michigan State pitched in 10.

After arriving in Barcelona, Spain last Wednesday and three days of sightseeing for the Big Ten squad, the opener last Saturday was played in the Pyrenees Mountains in the town of Jaca – a four-hour bus trip from the team’s hotel.

Purdue’s Matt Kiefer led the squad in scoring and rebounding with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Randle tallied 15 points and six rebounds. Michigan’s Ron Coleman (13 points), Brock (12) and Killingsworth (10) also reached double figures in scoring, while all 12 players tallied at least three points in the contest.

After the opening period, the Big Ten squad was down only by one, 33-32. However, Huesca outscored the Big Ten standouts, 43-23, in the second stanza to take a 76-55 advantage into the locker room. The team cut the Huesca lead to 14 near the end of the third quarter; however, thanks in large part to hitting 41 free throws on the night, the Spanish club team earned the 143-117 victory. Huesca, who claimed the Spanish third division championship last season, also showed its long range capabilities by hitting 21 3-pointers on the evening.

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 2004 produced a record of 3-2 to boast a winning record for the third-consecutive trip (6-0 in 2001, 4-1 in 2002) for the first time since the team’s inception in 1991. The Big Ten had produced back-to-back trips above .500 on two occasions, from 1991-92 and 1995-96. The conference office has sent teams overseas in 12 of the last 14 years, compiling an overall record of 49-32.

The team will play each of the next three days before returning to the United States Friday.

2005 BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR SCHEDULE

Date Opponent/Event Site
Aug. 16 Alcora Basketball Club Valencia, Spain
Aug. 17 Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club Valencia, Spain
Aug. 18 C.B. Valls Basketball Club Barcelona, Spain
Aug. 19 Depart for United States