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Aug. 20, 2004

Cremona, Italy – The 2004 Big Ten Foreign Tour Team dropped a hard fought 80-74 decision to the Cremona Basketball Club of Cremona, Italy, today in the final game of its five-game tour. The conference squad could not come back from an 11-point first quarter.

Brandon McKnight (South Bend, Ind.) of Purdue led the team with a strong 14-point performance. The talented point guard also led the Big Ten with five assists. Minnesota’s Dan Coleman (Minneapolis, Minn.) had a solid game with 13 points. Clayton Hanson (Reedsburg, Wis.) of Wisconsin and Marshall Strickland (Winfield, Md.) of Indiana each had 11 points as well.

Cremona outscored the conference unit 17-11 in the first quarter and held a 39-36 edge at the half. The Big Ten closed the margin to two, 57-55, at the end of the third, but could not overcome the first quarter cold snap as Cremona held on for the win. The Big Ten was beset with cold shooting, hitting only 22 of 55 shots, including 11 of 30 treys.

Michigan State’s Delco Rowley (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Hanson led the Big Ten with six rebounds apiece. Penn State guard Marlon Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) had nine points, three boards and an assist while Iowa’s Adam Haluska (Carroll, Iowa) had six points, a rebound, an assist and a team-best two steals.

The conference squad had 35 rebounds and only 10 assists, its lowest assist total of the tour.

The Big Ten Touring Team, led by Penn State assistant Kurt Kanaskie (who was filling in for Lion mentor Ed DeChellis), ended their five game schedule with a 3-2 mark. The team will return home tomorrow.

BIG TEN SUMMARY (listed POINTS-REBOUNDS-ASSISTS-STEALS):
Delco Rowley, Michigan State (3-6-1-0); Brandon McKnight, Purdue (14-1-5-0); Clayton Hanson, Wisconsin (11-6-1-1); Dan Coleman, Minnesota (13-2-1-0); Marlon Smith, Penn State (9-3-1-0); Marshall Strickland, Indiana (11-3-0-0); Kevin Fellows, Penn State (0-0-0-0); Davor Duvancic, Northwestern (2-4-0-1); Warren Carter, Illinois (4-3-0-0); Adam Haluska, Iowa (6-1-1-2); Amadou Ba, Michigan (3-4-0-0); Matt Marinchick, Ohio State (3-4-0-0). Blocks:
Carter 1, McKnight 1

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 L, 93-95 Casalpusterlengo Basketball Club Casalpusterlengo, Italy
Aug. 19 L, 74-80 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 9.6 4.4
IND Marshall Strickland G JR 10.4 3.0
IOWA Adam Haluska G SO 10.2 3.8
MICH Amadou Ba C SO 1.8 3.0
MSU Delco Rowley F SO 8.4 5.6
MINN Dan Coleman F SO 7.6 3.4
NU Davor Duvancic F SR 5.8 4.6
OSU Matt Marinchick C SR 4.4 3.2
PSU Kevin Fellows C SR 1.2 1.8
PSU Marlon Smith G SO 10.6 3.2
PUR Brandon McKnight G SR 9.0 3.4
WIS Clayton Hanson G SR 11.2 3.6