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Davis Sees Progress, Areas for Work in Scrimmage

November 1, 2002 · MT Media Relations
The Blue Raider basketball squad suited up for its first formal scrimmage of the year on Thursday afternoon and, according to head coach Kermit Davis, the team showed some bright spots and some areas that need work.

The team went through the paces in several short game-situation scrimmages that featured game-like conditions that included Sun Belt Conference officials.

"This was a much-needed scrimmage for our team with live situations and Sun Belt Conference officials," said Davis. "Lots of work is still needed, especially defensively and in rebounding. We had some bright spots offensively, but we have to keep working on being a tough team and rebounding. We'll get there, but we need some more work."

William Pippen was the leading scorer in the contest, pouring in 22 points during the scrimmage. Tommy Gunn also turned in an outstanding performance with 19 points, including a 3-of-4 effort from behind the 3-point arc.

Derek Glasper scored 16 points and three assists while Steven Jackson netted 12 points and grabbed four rebounds.

Demario Watson continued to show his improvement with a 13 point night that included a 5-of-5 game from the field. Watson also snapped up six rebounds and dished out three assists.

The Blue Raiders will be on display for the first time on Tuesday night at 7 PM when the exhibition season begins with a game against Global Sports.

The Blue Raiders conclude the exhibition series with a game against VASDA on Nov. 14. The team begins the regular season on Nov. 22 at the Murphy Center against Conference USA foe East Carolina.

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