Aug. 17, 2005

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Foreign Tour team picked up its first win of the trip with a 99-82 triumph over the Alcora Basketball Club in Valencia, Spain, Tuesday.

The Big Ten trailed after the opening period with a deficit of 25-22 however the conference contingent bounced back in the second stanza, posting an 11-0 run to outscore the hosts 40-31. The Tour squad then built a 73-65 advantage after three periods before holding on for the 17-point victory.

Minnesota sophomore Spencer Tollackson led the Big Ten in scoring for the first time, pouring in 17 points, while Michigan State sophomore Goran Suton became the first conference standout to post a double-double during the Tour, tallying 16 points and a team-high 15 rebounds. Indiana senior Marco Killingsworth boasted another consistent performance with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Michigan sophomore Ron Coleman and Illinois sophomore Brian Randle also reached double figures in scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team improves to 1-2 on its journey through Europe and is averaging 106.7 points per contest. Four conference standouts are averaging double figures in points, led by the Fighting Illini’s Randle with 14.0 points per outing. Other double-figure scorers are Indiana’s Killingsworth (13.3), Illinois’ Calvin Brock (13.0), Michigan’s Coleman (11.0) and Minnesota’s Tollackson (10.7).

The team will remain in Valencia to face Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club on Wednesday before concluding the 2005 Tour against C.B. Valls Basketball Club on Thursday in Barcelona.