BRUSSELS, Belgium - Prior to defeating Okapi Aalstar juniors Monday night, 110-64, the Penn State men's basketball spent the day taking in local culture as it visited Breendonk Prison Camp and central Brussels.
Breendonk was a sobering experience for the Nittany Lions, as they learned about the prison camp's history in World War II. Used as a "waiting" camp by German administrators, Breendonk received prisoners before being transferred to Germany. Over 3,500 people were imprisoned there from 1940-1944.
"Seeing all that history was really humbling," said junior forward Ross Travis. "It really made us appreciate our lives today and gave us a great insight of what went on back then."
Following its trip to Breendonk, the team traveled to central Brussels to take in the sights and sounds of Belgium's largest city. Players soaked in the tremendous architecture and tasted local cuisine -- including Belgian waffles, naturally.
The Nittany Lions travel to Sporthal Arena tomorrow, August 13, as they take on St Jan Antwerpen at 2:30 p.m. ET in their second game of the European trip.