Hill Leads Blue Team to Win in Tulsa's Blue-Gold Scrimmage
Oct. 29, 2000
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Senior Marcus Hill led all scorers with 15 points as he guided the Blue team to a 43-38 victory over the Gold in Tulsa's Annual Blue-Gold Scrimmage on Sunday afternoon in front of approximately 2,500 fans at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.
"This was the first time this year that our team has been exposed to the fans, and it was only the second time that we've scrimmages since beginning practices on October 14th," said first-year Head Coach Buzz Peterson.
Although pleased with the performance, Peterson saw where improvements are needed before Tulsa's first regular season game on Nov. 10 against Arizona State. "There were too many offensive boards early in the game, and too many defensive breakdowns," said Peterson. "We have time to improve in those areas."
A Legends game tipped off the day's events as Tony Heard (1998-00) and Jeff Malham (1992-94) each scored 17 points to lead the Blue team to a 55-53 win over the Gold team. Rod Thompson (1995-98) led the Gold team with 19 points, while Ron Carson (1967-69) added 11 points. Both Heard and Thompson connected on five three-pointers for their teams.
In the 20-minute Blue-Gold game, the Blue built an 11-point lead late in the second half, and held on for the five-point victory. In addition to Hill, junior Greg Harrington added 11 points and a game-high seven assists. Hill connected on 6-of-11 from the field and added four assists. Sophomores Marqus Ledoux, who sat out last season after transferring from LSU, and Antonio Reed chipped in with seven points apiece. The 5-foot,10-inch Reed added game-highs of seven rebounds and four steals.
For the Gold team, sophomore Dante Swanson had a team-high 11 points and four steals, followed by eight points from fellow sophomore Kevin Johnson. Freshman guard Jason Parker added six points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals to the Gold cause.
The Hurricane will play its first of two exhibition games this Thursday against Athletes First at 7:00 p.m. at the Reynolds Center.
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