Louisville's 6-foot-10 junior center scored a game-high 39 points to lead the Red past the White 124-115 in the Cardinals Red-White scrimmage Sunday at the Yum! Center.
Jennings hit 15 of 22 shots from the floor and made 9-14 rebounds to the lead his team to victory. Jennings also had 12 rebounds, two steals and blocked a pair of shots while playing the entire game without a breather.
Though Jennings was the star, Preston Knowles nearly led the White to a comeback win. Knowles scored 38 points - 32 after the break. The senior guard made six three-pointers and also dished for seven assists.
Mike Marra finished with 21 points for the Red, while Rakeem Buckles added 20. Peyton Siva and Chris Smith both scored 19 points. Marra hit six three's, while Buckles grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds. Siva also had 10 assists.
Kyle Kuric finished with 29 points for the White. Elisha Justice added 20 points and George Goode scored 10. Knowles, Kuric and Justice each made six threes. Stephen Van Treese scored 8 points, while former player Perrin Johnson, who played because of injuries, scored six points.
After losing the Media Day scrimmage Thursday, the Red came out on fire, jumping out to a 10-2 lead in the opening 2:28 of the scrimmage on three's by Mike Marra and Peyton Siva and inside buckets by Rakeem Buckles and Terrence Jennings. That barrage forced a White team timeout.
After the timeout, the Red team extended the lead to 17-7, fueled by baskets from Chris Smith, Rakeem Buckles and Terrence Jennings. Preston Knowles tried to close the gap for the White team, but Mike Marra made his second three of the game as the Red extended the lead to 22-11 at the 11:59 mark.
Buckles follow slam off a Chris Smith miss in transition extended the lead to 24-11. A mini-run by the White cut the lead to 24-18. The run started with two free throws from Kyle Kuric and ended with Stephen Van Treese making 1-2 foul shots.
Four straight points from Jennings, and back to back three's from Smith and Marra, his third of the first half, extended the Red's lead to 34-18 with 8:11 left in the opening half. George Goode hit a pair of baseline jumpers and Elisha Justice and Kyle Kuric both made threes to cut the Red lead to 40-30 with under 6:00 left.
Van Treese hit a jumper, followed by Justice's three to cut the Red lead, but back to back dunks by Jennings made it 50-38 with 1:47. Justice wasn't done from deep, hitting a three out of a timeout to make it 50-41. Kuric then hit consecutive three's to cut the Red margin to 54-49 right before the half.
Preston Knowles connected on back to back three's to start the second half to cut the Red lead to 56-55. Knowles tied the game at 57 on a driving layup. A pair of baskets from Jennings, and one from Buckles pushed the Red back in front 63-57 at 15:58.
Marra and Knowles then traded three's to make it 66-62. Knowles continued his outside barrage, burying consecutive threes to make it 71-68. Buckles answered with a three from the corner, and a three point play by Smith and basket by Jennings pushed the lead back to 79-68 for the Red with 12 minutes remaining.
Marra extended the Red lead to 85-72 with consecutive threes. Then Jennings slammed home an ally oop from Chris Smith on the fast break to make it 87-72. Jennings followed Peyton Siva's missed shot for an 89-72 advantage with 10:15.
Justice stopped the Red run with a three to cut the margin to 89-76. It was 94-82 when Knowles made a steal and hit a three with 8:00. Jennings hit back to baskets to push the lead back to 100-87, before Justice made a three from the corner to cut the Red lead to 100-90 with 6:45 remaining.
Kuric followed a steal and layup with a corner three pointer to cut the lead to 100-95. The White forced a Chris Smith turnover and Justice hit a three to make it 100-98. But Buckles pushed the lead to 103-98 with a slam and one free throw.
Clinging to a narrow lead, Peyton Siva and Chris Smith gave the Red team some room down the stretch. Siva made four free throws and Smith scored two baskets in transition to push the lead back to 115-104 with 4:00 remaining.
Mark Jackson hit two threes in the final minute to give the Red a 124-113 win.