STARKVILLE – Fans were able to catch their first glimpse of Mississippi State’s men’s basketball team on the floor of Humphrey Coliseum Wednesday afternoon.
The Bulldogs held a 20-minute open scrimmage with the maroon team, which consisted of returning starters, taking a 44-15 victory over their white counter parts.
“I just wanted our guys to get out there and compete,” said MSU coach Rick Ray. “I really wasn’t concerned about the fans and putting on a show. I just wanted our guys to go out there and compete against each other.”
Fred Thomas, IJ Ready, Gavin Ware, Roquez Johnson and Craig Sword were the starters from the maroon squad. The maroon began the game on a 21-2 run in the first seven minutes, 30 seconds of action.
Thomas led all scorers with 13 points going 5-of-9 from the floor and adding two steals.
“I think we can do a whole lot this year,” Thomas said. “We’ve got some sophomores, a couple of seniors and some juniors coming back. We know the game and know what it’s going to be like so we’ll be prepared for it.”
Johnson added 12 points and five rebounds while Ready chipped in 10 points, two assists and two steals. Ready was the only player to see action on both teams during the scrimmage.
“(Ready) is a significant difference as far as our toughness and guys going out and competing,” Ray said. “It really shouldn’t be that way as an incoming freshman and a guy that little but he’s got that much competitive desire and natural instincts as a point guard. He ends up making a huge difference.”
Freshman center Fallou Ndoye paced the white team with nine points, three rebounds and a block. Ndoye was ruled ineligible until the 2014-15 campaign by the NCAA but is allowed to practice with the team.
Colin Borchert, Trivante Bloodman, Jacoby Davis and Kyle Dobbs missed the scrimmage due to injury.
State will hold a home exhibition game against Auburn-Montgomery on Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. and opens the regular season hosting Prairie View A&M on Nov. 8.
Individual scoring – Fred Thomas 13, Roquez Johnson 12, IJ Ready 10, Fallou Ndoye 9, Gavin Ware 6, Andre Applewhite 2, Dallas Prater 2, Tyson Cunningham 2, Craig Sword 2