Third Red-White scrimmage is Russdiculous

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino was "very pleased" with his team's third – and final – Red-White scrimmage of the preseason. Senior Russ Smith took over in the second half and led the White team to a 72-51 victory before 9,413 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino said he was on senior guard Russ Smith for not rebounding the basketball in the third Red-White scrimmage.

But Smith did just about everything else.

In front of 9,413 fans at the KFC Yum! Center, Smith took over in the second half – including one stretch of 13 consecutive points – and helped his White team to a 71-52 victory over the Red team.

It was the second of three scrimmages that Smith was on the winning team and playing in the backcourt with junior-college transfer Chris Jones.

"Russ played very well tonight, the problem we had was he doesn't rebound," U of L coach Rick Pitino said. "But Russ played terrific in all other phases."

Smith hit 9 of 18 from the field and led the White team with 21 points, five assists, three steals and three rebounds in the game. He finished the three scrimmage games with 67 total points.

"We're ready to play against someone else," Smith said.

Montrezl Harrell added 16 points and eight rebounds for the White team, while Mangok Mathiang added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Jones had 10 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals and Anton Gill hit four three-pointers for 12 points.

The White team hit 9 of 17 from three-point range.

Tim Henderson led the Red team with 17 points on 5 of 6 three-pointers, while Terry Rozier had 13 points and nine rebounds and Stephan Van Treese added 10 points and 11 rebounds and Wayne Blackshear had 10 points and eight boards.

"We have gotten a lot out of these things, our defense has really picked up," Pitino said. "We still have a lot of things to work on, but we got a lot out of it. Now we combine the two teams and we are looking forward to playing a good team."

The Cardinals will host Kentucky Wesleyan in the first of two exhibitions games on Oct. 29 at the Yum Center.


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