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October 19, 2012

Gold-Blue scrimmage recap

The Gold team jumped out to an early lead it would never relinquish winning 94 to 80 over the Blue squad in the 2012 Gold-Blue debut scrimmage Friday night.

Deniz Kilicli led the Gold team with 26 points, while other double figures scorers included Jabarie Hinds 23 points, Aaron Brown with 16 points, Gary Browne with 11 points and Keaton Miles chipped in 12-points. For the Blue team, senior Matt Humphrey led the way with 23 points, fellow transfer Juwan Staten finished with 14 points, Terry Henderson finished with 15 points, Eron Harris with 14 points and Aaric Murray with 12 points.

The gold team took an early 8-2 lead off five points from Hinds, and were able to extend that early lead to 16-7 off a three-pointer from the sophomore guard.

The gold team was able to take advantage of some poor decisions by the blue squad, and was able to get into the open floor or some easy layups in the open floor. Including a breakaway to Hinds where he split two defenders and fought through contact to muscle in a layup to put the Gold out 25-11 with 11:35 left to play.

Sophomore Gary Browne also looked strong in the early going, connecting on three baskets including a three-pointer. On the blue side, Boston College transfer Humphrey led scoring early with seven points including confidently stepping into and knocking down a wide-open three.

Both of the freshmen for the Blue team, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris, attacked the basket and were very active on rebound attempts. Both players look to be very athletic and run the floor extremely well. Henderson also looked very good shooting the ball from behind the arc as the freshman had netted seven points in the first 11:20 of action.

Senior Deniz Kilicli was very aggressive in the early going, getting to the rim and finishing. The Turkey native had five points in the first ten minutes of play.

One big advantage in the first half was the Gold team's rebounding edge, as the big men did a great job crashing the basket on missed shots and putting back easy baskets near the hoop.

Juwan Staten impressed with his ball handling and ability to knock down mid-range shots, and the Dayton transfer was able to chip in eight points by the 6:04 mark.

With 3:11 left in the first half the Gold team pushed their lead to 50-30, as Gary Browne went into double figures with a pair of free-throws. A Henderson put back, and then a breakaway dunk by Staten and that lead was cut down to 16-points with 2:41 left.

And the Gold took a 52-36 lead into the locker room.

The teams traded baskets to open the second half, and Hinds picked up where he left off connecting on a jumper from along the baseline.

The Gold team would extend their advantage to 66-42 at the 15:25 mark, but a turnover led to another exciting play on the break when Staten lobbed the ball up to Henderson, who promptly slammed it home. Humphrey then added back-to-back three-point plays to cut the lead to 66-50 and give him 20 points for the night.

That lead was cut to 13 points at 68-55 after an Eron Harris three-ball. But Browne was able to penetrate through the Blue defense and dump the ball off to Kilicli, who finished with a one-handed dunk.

The gold squad was able to reel off eight straight points to push their advantage back out to 76-55, and never looked back.

Starters for each team were Rutledge, Kilicli, Brown, Hinds and Browne for the Gold squad, while Murray, Staten, Humphrey, Noreen and Henderson earned the nod for the Blue team.

The teams consisted of Aric Dickerson, Aaron Brown, Gary Browne, Jabarie Hinds, Keaton Miles, Dom Rutledge, Deniz Kilicli making up the Gold team and Eron Harris, Terry Henderson, Richard Romeo, Kevin Noreen, Juwan Staten, Aaric Murray, Matt Humphrey representing the blue.

Sophomore forward Volodymyr Gerun did not participate in the game, and sat on the bench sporting a gray sweat suit.

The Mountaineers open the season with an exhibition game against Glenville State Nov. 6.

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