Aug. 20, 2001
Park Ridge, IL - The Big Ten Men's Basketball Foreign Tour Team concluded its journey through England and Ireland this weekend with a pair of wins, as the Conference squad wrapped up an undefeated 6-0 record with victories over Limerick Burger King, 112-96, and the Irish National Team, 86-78. The Big Ten defeated three teams in both England and Ireland from August 10-18 before returning to the United States on Sunday, August 19. The last Conference squad to post an undefeated trip was the 1995 team that went 7-0 in Japan.
The Conference unit began its final stretch of games on Friday, August 17, with a 112-96 defeat of Limerick Burger King at the Limerick Sports Arena in Ireland, as seven Big Ten players scored 12 or more points. Purdue's Joe Marshall led the way with 17 points and was joined in double figures by Penn State's Sharif Chambliss (14), Michigan's Gavin Groninger (13), Minnesota's Shane Schilling (13), Northwestern's Tavaras Hardy (13), Indiana's Kyle Hornsby (12) and Iowa's Duez Henderson (12). Michigan State's Adam Wolfe led the way with nine rebounds while Chambliss and Marshall tied for top honors with six assists.
The squad ended the tour with its toughest opponent yet, edging the Ireland National Team, 86-78, on Saturday, August 18, in the closest contest of the trip. Groninger poured in a team-best 19 points, including three treys, while Wisconsin's Charlie Wills nearly posted a double-double with 17 points and a team-best nine boards. Wolfe added 14 points to send the team to an undefeated record.
The Big Ten Foreign Tour Team won its six games by a combined 156 points, an average margin of victory of 26 points, while scoring exactly 103 points per game and shooting .475 from the field. Six players averaged double-figures in points, led by Wolfe's 14.3 points per contest. The MSU standout also led the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game while Chambliss topped the squad with 27 assists. The final statistics for all players are included below: