Men's Basketball: Blue and White Game summary
Monday, November 1, 2010

Nashville, Tenn. - The Tennessee State University men's basketball team showcased the 2010-11 Tigers during the Blue and White scrimmage for Big Boo Madness on Sunday afternoon in the Gentry Center.

The Blue Team pulled out the 35-31 win in one half of play with a running clock.

"It was the first opportunity to get up in front of fans and a good chance to see who can execute, said head coach John Cooper.  "It gave us a chance to evaluate our guys to see who is separating themselves in regards to who will start and who will receive more of the playing time."

The Tigers return four players including last season's All-OVC Newcomers, Jacquan Nobles and Robert Covington.

Nobles scored a game-high 14 points from 5-of-8 shooting including 4-of-6 from three-point range. Covington scored six points and pulled in six boards.

Newcomers Kellen Thornton, Kenny Moore, and Muniru Bawa showed production on the court. Thornton added eight points from 4-of-4 shooting for the Blue Team with Moore leading the White Team with 12 points. Bawa hauled in a game-high eight rebounds to go with six points.

It was be the only time fans had the opportunity to see Thornton and Bawa due to their ineligibility this season as a result of the NCAA transfer rules.

"The scrimmage shows some of the new guys how some of our plays our executed at a faster pace. We will make some changes with hopes of improvement," added Cooper. "We want to get better."

In assists, Wil Peters posted five for the Blue Team to lead all players with Patrick Miller dishing out four to lead the White Team.

"This is the first quarter, we will get together as a staff to reevaluate," said Cooper. "We will assess the players and make adjustments. We will prepare for Tuesday and put some pieces together. It will be a good situation for us. We are not familiar with Trevecca Nazarene, nor are they familiar with us. "

The Tigers will host Trevecca Nazarene in exhibition play Tuesday, Nov. 2, inside the Gentry Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.