BARCELONA, Spain -- Sophomore Ron Coleman (Romulus, Mich./Romulus HS), a member of the University of Michigan men's basketball team, along with the rest of the Big Ten Foreign Tour team concluded an 11-day trip through Spain with a narrow 87-83 loss Thursday (Aug. 18) against C.B. Valls Basketball Club. With the loss, the conference squad closed out its tour with a record of 2-3.
After touring throughout Spain for the first three days of the tour, the Big Ten squad hit the court for the first time, Saturday (Aug. 13) only to drop that first game, 143-117, at the hands of the Huesca Basketball Club. The Big Ten squad kept it close early, but Huesca hit 21 three-pointers and 41 free throws throughout the game to pull away for the win. Purdue's Matt Kiefer led the Big Ten squad with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Illinois' Brian Randle had 15 points and six rebounds. Coleman closed out his first game with a solid 13 point, three rebound effort.
Two days later, the Big Ten lost its second straight game, 110-104, to VIC Barcelona Basketball Club (Aug. 15) as the conference squad was outshot from the free throw line 61-17. Despite the differential, the Big Ten kept it close throughout. Illinois' Calvin Brock led the game with 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Coleman chipped in eight points during the game.
Heading to Valencia, Spain, proved to be a shot in the arm as the Big Ten squad won back-to-back games with a 99-82 win against Alcora Basketball Club (Aug. 16), followed with an 82-66 victory over Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club (Aug. 17). Coleman had 12 points and five rebounds in the win over Alcora, followed with a 10 point, five rebound performance against Pamesa.
With a 2-2 record going into the final game, the Big Ten was looking to close out the tour on a high note, but the C.B. Valls Basketball Club (Aug. 18) took advantage of 36 Big Ten turnovers and a 10-for-24 performance to build a lead that the conference squad could not come back on as they were edged 87-83 in the final game. Coleman notched a tour-high 22 points to lead the squad for the first time in scoring, after going six-of-11 from the three-point line. Indiana's Marco Killingsworth posted a double-double with a personal tour-best 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The Big Ten Conference Foreign Tours have given more than 256 student-athletes the opportunity to travel abroad, as the men have toured such places as Japan, France, Italy, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, England and Ireland. In 12 years, the men's teams have posted a 51-34 record.
2005 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Results
|Aug. 13||Huesca Basketball Club||L, 117-143||Jaca, Spain|
|Aug. 15||VIC Barcelona Basketball Club||L, 104-110||Barcelona, Spain|
|Aug. 16||Alcora Basketball Club||W, 99-82||Valencia, Spain|
|Aug. 17||Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club||W, 82-66||Valencia, Spain|
|Aug. 18||C.B. Valls Basketball Club||L, 83-87||Barcelona, Spain|
2005 Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Statistics
|Calvin Brock, Illinois||G||Fr.||6-4||9.8||4.2|
|Brian Randle, Illinois||G||So.||6-7||10.2||5.4|
|Marco Killingsworth, Indiana||F||Sr.||6-8||4.0||0.0|
|Mike Henderson, Iowa||G||Jr.||6-2||15.2||7.4|
|Ron Coleman, Michigan||W||So.||6-6||13.0||3.4|
|Goran Suton, Michigan State||C||Fr.||6-10||8.4||7.0|
|Spencer Tollackson, Minnesota||C||So.||6-9||10.2||4.4|
|Evan Seacat, Northwestern||G||Sr.||6-2||7.6||0.0|
|Matt Terwilliger, Ohio State||F||So.||6-8||5.0||3.2|
|Brandon Hassell, Penn State||F||So.||6-9||7.4||4.6|
|Matt Kiefer, Purdue||F||Sr.||6-10||6.4||4.2|
|Jason Chappell, Wisconsin||F||Jr.||6-10||4.3||3.3|
Coleman's Game-by-Game Breakdown
|Aug. 13||Huesca Basketball Club||13||3|
|Aug. 15||VIC Barcelona Basketball Club||8||2|
|Aug. 16||Alcora Basketball Club||12||5|
|Aug. 17||Pamesa Valencia Basketball Club||10||5|
|Aug. 18||C.B. Valls Basketball Club||22||2|
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