The game was the first of five slated for the 2004 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team. Carter and Hanson were two of five Big Ten players to score in double-figures. Joining them were Dan Coleman (Minneapolis, Minn.) of Minnesota, who had 10; Iowa's Adam Haluska (Carroll, Iowa), who had 11 and Matt Marinchick (Hudson, Ohio) of Ohio State, who had 12.
Penn State point guard Marlon Smith (Bronx, N.Y.) led the Big Ten with six rebounds while Purdue guard Brandon McKnight (South Bend, Ind.) had four and a team-best seven assists. Smith was second on the team with five assists. Northwestern's Davor Duvancic (Split, Croatia) had three steals and three boards. The Big Ten squad had 22 assists, six blocks and 15 steals.
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), held on for the hard-fought win after posting a 48-37 halftime lead. Joseph M'Benque, who had 17 points, led Frejus. The Big Ten, now 1-0, will battle the Marseille-Fos Basketball Club tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. local) in the second of five games. The next three contests will take place in Italy.
BIG TEN SCORING-REBOUND SUMMARY: Delco Rowley (Michigan State), 4 -3; Brandon McKnight (Purdue) 5-4; Clayton Hanson (Wisconsin), 13-2; Dan Coleman (Minnesota), 7-6; Davor Duvancic (Northwestern), 3-3; Marlon Smith (Penn State), 7-6; Marshall Strickland (Indiana), 4-1; Kevin Fellows (Penn State), 0-2; Warren Carter (Illinois), 13-2; Amadou Ba (Michigan), 2-1; Matt Marinchick, (Ohio State), 12-2. TOTALS 84-31.
LEADERS: Assists - McKnight 7, Smith 5; Steals - Duvancic 3, Hanson 3, Coleman 2, Smith 2, Strickland 2; Blocks - Coleman 3, Carter 2.
Story courtesy of the Illinois SID office