Jones, Rozier lead Red Team victory

Chris Jones and Terry Rozier combined for 38 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Red team to a 70-65 win over the White team at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday afternoon.

The defending national champions held their second public scrimmage of the 2013-14 season on Saturday afternoon with the Red team pulling out a 70-65 victory.

With 8,386 fans in attendance, the Red team, led by guards Chris Jones and Terry Rozier held the lead throughout. Jones, a junior college transfer, led all scorers with 24 points, while also pulling down 7 rebounds and handing out 4 assists. Freshman Terry Rozier totaled 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.

Led by Stephan Van Treese's game-high 11 rebounds, the Red squad used their dominance on the backboard to fuel their victory.

"The reason that the Red team won the game was total domination on the backboard," Pitino said. "The Red team really moved the ball better and made each other better."

"As you watched, two times Chris would bring the ball up the court and the next time, Terry would run the show," Pitino continued. "We've been playing with a two point system and its worked out really well because both of those guys are difficult to guard."

Jones enjoyed playing alongside the fellow newcomer.

"I think it was great," Jones told Cardinal Authority. "Me and Terry dominated the whole game. He wanted me to run the one more because I'm more of a one than him, but I liked how when he ran the team he got everybody to their spots. It opened my eyes because he was doing all that as a freshman. I'm more dominant with Terry, because he listens and he knows how to get the job done."

The White team was led by senior guard Russ Smith's 22 points and 8 assists. Montrezl Harrell added 14 points and Chane Behanan totaled 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Jones and Rozier came to Louisville known as skilled guards that value attacking the rim for rebounds.

"When you get 15 rebounds from your backcourt that's great. You also got nine assists from your backcourt, 5 steals from your backcourt against good players."

Pitino heaped plenty of praise on the two newcomers during his post game press conference.

"I think Chris is a terrific basketball player. He was the junior college player of the year for a reason. Those two guys a very talented and I'm very pleased with both guys. They are exactly what we needed. [Rozier] doesn't show a lot of negative emotion. He plays every play just like a pro would play it."

Limited during the first scrimmage, redshirt freshman center Mangok Mathiang played with more energy in his second public performance, recording 9 points and 7 rebounds.

"I think when Mangok learns just passing skills will be a very effective player for us," Pitino said.

Wayne Blackshear had a second solid outing, contributing 14 points and 7 rebounds for the Red team.

Louisville will conduct a third Red - White scrimmage next Saturday at 1:00p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.


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