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."
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."
"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.