Men's Basketball Drops First Game of Foreign Tour

Illinois' Marcus Arnold led the Big Ten squad with 18 points against the West Sydney Razorbacks.

Illinois' Marcus Arnold led the Big Ten squad with 18 points against the West Sydney Razorbacks.

Aug. 12, 2006

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Sydney, Australia - The Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour team opened their 2006 tour with a 117-91 loss to the West Sydney Razorbacks Basketball Club in Australia on Saturday.

After arriving in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday and three days of sightseeing for the Big Ten squad, Saturday's game was played at the Hills Basketball Stadium - a one-hour bus trip from the team's hotel.

Illinois' Marcus Arnold led the squad in scoring with 18 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the field, while Ohio State's Ron Lewis and Michigan's Jerrit Smith followed with 16 and 11 points, respectively. Michigan's Lester Abram, Northwestern's Tim Doyle and Purdue's Gordon Watt nearly reached double figures in scoring with nine points apiece. All 11 players tallied at least two points in the contest. Minnesota's Jonathan Williams notched a team-best 13 rebounds, while Indiana's Roderick Wilmont registered 12 boards, including 10 defensive rebounds.

The Big Ten squad did not show any sluggishness at the opening tip, notching two quick baskets in the first minute, however, the Razorbacks came back quickly to outscore the Big Ten standouts, 35-19, in the first stanza, The West Sydney team maintained its momentum through the next three quarters, never allowing the Big Ten Foreign Tour team to post a rally and ensure the Razorbacks a 117-91 victory.

The Big Ten contingent resumes competition against the Sydney Kings on Sunday. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. local time.  For Tour results, stats, photos and entertaining diaries of the student-athletes, log on to www.bigten.org.