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Men's Basketball Holds "Blue and White Scrimmage"
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Men's Basketball Holds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee State men’s basketball team concluded its third week of team practices with an intra-squad, full-game length “Blue and White Scrimmage” on Friday afternoon.

“It took a few minutes for us to get going,” head coach Travis Williams said. “But once the players got their minds right, the play really picked up. The main point of the scrimmage was to get different line-ups in the game and develop some team chemistry, and I was pleased that we were able to do that in this type of setting.”

In the game, the White team led, 67-48, before the coaching staff called for an overtime period. In that session, the White team edged the Blue by seven points.

Senior guard Patrick Miller had 24 points and five assists in a winning-effort, while M.J. Rhett chipped in 18 points and 10 boards.

“I was really pleased with some of our returners like Pat, M.J. and Jay Harris. They played well offensively, but we have to have a better defensive effort, team-wide,” Williams said.

For the Blue squad, Alex Bates led the way with eight points and four rebounds. Jaleel Queary added eight points of his own and two assists.

A set of four NCAA approved referees officiated the contest that started at 4 p.m. in the Gentry Center. The contest gave Big Blue players and coaches their first looks at college basketball’s new rules and regulations.

“The NCAA is trying to eliminate some of the hand and body checks from the game to get players more space to score. The major thing is that the new rules change the way that a defender can guard. It was great for us to get some experience with a tightly officiated game,” Williams said.

The White team consisted of Miller, Rhett, Harris, Kennedy Eubanks, Jamonte Graham, Rhyan Townes, Jaylen Reid and Michael Green. Bates, Queary, Gerald Williams, Ugo Mmonu, Jacquan Nobles, Jordan Gaither, Chaed Wellian and Cameron Johnson represented the Blue squad.

The Tennessee State men's basketball team will continue to work hard in preparation of its first regular season game on Nov. 8 at the University of Hawai'i.