Second Half Rally Gets Big Ten Second Tour Win
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BRISBANE, Australia -- With its second straight game with five players scoring in double figures, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour team continued its winning ways on Tuesday (Aug. 15) with a 109-100 victory over the Brisbane Bullets Basketball Club at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia. The Big Ten squad improves to 2-1 overall on its four-game Australian tour

 

The Big Ten headed into the second quarter with a 29-23 lead, however fell behind early as the Bullets tallied a 54-50 advantage at halftime. The conference squad responded in the second half outscoring them by 13 points and stopping a Bullets' late rally with three minutes left to claim the 109-100 victory.

 

Illinois' Marcus Arnold and Purdue's Gordon Watt led the Big Ten with 23 points each, while Arnold also ranked first off the boards with seven rebounds. Ohio State's Ron Lewis tallied his third-consecutive 16-point performance of the Tour, while Penn State's Michael Walker fired away from the three-point line, going 4-for-7 to finish the game with 12 points.

 

"Gordon (Watt) and Marcus (Arnold) led us to the victory today," said Big Ten Foreign Tour and University of Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. "They were very aggressive and played tough - getting rebounds and making their shots. We played a lot of zone today, which I think helped us get into a rhythm."

 

Michigan's Lester Abram (Pontiac, Mich./Northern HS) gave the Big Ten its fifth player scoring in double figures as he finished with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including a 2-for-4 effort on three-point field goals. Wolverine teammate Jerret Smith (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS) finished the second win with five points, two rebounds, three assist and two steals.

 

With one game left in the Tour, four players are averaging double-figures in Illinois' Arnold (17.7 ppg), Ohio State's Lewis (16.0 ppg), Michigan's Abram (13.0 ppg) and Purdue's Watt (12.0). Minnesota's Jonathan Williams leads the Big Ten contingent with 9.0 rebounds per game.

 

The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team will close out the tour on Wednesday (Aug. 16), facing the South District Spartans at 8 p.m. (local time).


For Tour results, stats, photos and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, log on to www.bigten.org.


2006 BIG TEN MENS BASKETBALL FOREIGN TOUR

Big Ten Conference 109, Brisbane Bullets 100
Suncorp Stadium (Brisbane, Australia)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Name

FG-A   

3FG-A  

FT-A   

REB  

AST  

BLK  

STL  

PTS

Jonathan Williams (Minnesota)*    

1-2

0-0

0-0

5

0

1

0

2

Lester Abram (Michigan)*

5-8

2-4

0-0

0

0

0

0

12

Gordon Watt (Purdue)*

6-11

2-4

9-12

6

1

0

3

23

Mike Walker (Penn State)*

4-9

4-7

0-0

2

1

0

0

12

Travis Walton (Michigan State)* 3-8 1-3 0-0 1 4 0 0 7
Marcus Arnold (Illinois)

7-11

0-0

9-13

7

0

0

2

23

Ron Lewis (Ohio State)

6-13

2-5

2-4

3

3

0

2

16

Tim Doyle (Northwestern)

1-2

0-0

4-4

2

2

0

1

6

Jerret Smith (Michigan)

2-5

0-1

1-2

2

3

0

2

5

Roderick Wilmont (Indiana)

1-6

0-1

1-2

4

0

0

0

3

Seth Gorney (Iowa)

0-3

0-0

0-3

2

0

1

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* denotes starters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Field Goal Shooting

1st

 

2nd

 

Total

 

Big Ten Conference      

19-42 

.452   

17-36  

.472   

36-78  

.462

Brisbane Bullets

19-34

.559

18-39

.462

37-73

.507


Game

1st    

2nd  

Final

Big Ten Conference      

50

59

109

Brisbane Bullets

54

46

100


GAME ONE: Big Ten Tour Drops First Game to West Sydney, Recap (8/12/06)
GAME TWO: Abram Leads Big Ten Foreign Team to First Tour Win, Recap (8/13/06)
Brisbane Bullets website

U-M Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423
Big Ten Contact: Robin Jentes (847) 696-1010


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