Newcomers Impress Ellis In First Scrimmage

Auburn, Ala.--Coach <b>Cliff Ellis</b> mixed and matched his lineups in Auburn's first basketball scrimmage of the preseason as the White team got a layup from freshman Marco Killingsworth with 10 seconds remaining to defeat the Blue team 68-66.

Kyle Davis had a double-double in his first live action of the preseason as he led all scorers with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore from Blakely, Ga., missed the first week of practice with a knee injury.

The Tigers played five, eight-minute quarters during the scrimmage and Ellis said he came away pleased especially with how the newcomers performed. "I thought Derrick Bird really stood out," Ellis said. "Nathan Watson, who is a walk-on, did an extremely good job. Lewis Monroe and Dwayne Mitchell stood out as well. That was the pleasing thing."

Bird, a junior college transfer from Ypsilanti, Mich., had 16 points, four rebounds and two assists in his first scrimmage as a Tiger. Watson, a freshman guard, had 14 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Monroe had six points and four assists while Mitchell had seven points and five assists.

Killingsworth, who hit the game-winning shot, had 14 points and made seven of 11 shots. The six-nine forward from Montgomery also pulled down seven rebounds.

Killingsworth (left) blocks out Abdou Diame for a rebound.

The scrimmage also allowed junior Marquis Daniels and senior Mack McGadney to see their first live action of the preseason. Daniels, who returned to the team Wednesday after being cleared to play following an offseason foot injury, had seven points, six assists and five rebounds. McGadney returned to the team Tuesday after being suspended in September. He adjusted to his new position at center with 13 points and three rebounds.

"Marquis and Mack are both going to be fine," Ellis said. "The big thing with both of them is getting their condition back." Daniels had missed two months of action with his injury, while McGadney had missed a combined nine months with last season's knee injury and his suspension. Junior guard Adam Harrington had a team-high seven assists. He chipped in six points and seven rebounds as well.

Freshman Brandon Robinson was out of town to participate in a wedding and missed the scrimmage.

Auburn opens its exhibition season on Nov. 1 with a contest against Global Sports All-Stars at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

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