But the Red team made a game of it and Jones had to hit a three-pointer with three seconds left to give the White team a 75-72 win before 10,153 fans at the KFC Yum! Center.
Harrell led the White team with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Jones chipped in 18 points, eight assists, five steals and three rebounds. Anton Gill had 14 points, while freshman Anas Mahmoud tallied 14 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
A preseason All-American, Harrell hit 10 of 18 from the field - including 3 of 5 three-pointers - while Mahmoud was 6 of 8 from the field.
Terry Rozier, who missed a last-second three-pointer, led the Red team with 25 points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists. Wayne Blackshear had 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Chinanu Onuaku had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Here are five takeaways from the game:
1. Jones is really that fast: There were better higher point totals in the game and he didn't shoot it all that well, but I thought Chris Jones had the best game. He not only hit the game-winning shot, but he was all over the floor. He's really as fast as coach Rick Pitino had said and showed it. Look for Jones to have a big-time season. He gets into the lane, doesn't mind getting his teammates involved and while he's lost the weight he's still strong. It will be tough without Russ Smith, but Jones and Terry Rozier will make up on fine backcourt for the Cardinals this season.
2. Harrell's game has progressed: Not just because he hit a trio of three-pointers in this game, but you can already see how far Montrezl Harrell's game has come. He looks more comfortable when the ball comes to him out on the floor. He made a few good passes and really is looking for more than just dunks, which will make him such a tougher guy to defend. Plus, I saw a few times where he was taking a young guy and teaching. He's become a leader and that's what coach Pitino and staff really wanted out of him.
3. The surprise 7-footer: Pitino has said all along that Anas Mahmoud and Matz Stockman were projects and he wasn't sure how much the two 7-footers would play this season. After the last two days, Mahmoud is making him re-think that statement. The "big Egyptian," as Pitino calls him, was really, really good in the scrimmage. He had a good day of practice on Saturday and it continued in the scrimmage. He is super skilled and can get up and down the floor like a guard. Don't get too excited just yet, but there's reason for optimism for this season. If nothing else, you can see it for the future.
4. Starting five is set, who is No. 6-7? It's pretty easy to tell that Harrell, Mangko Mathiang, Wayne Blackshear, Jones and Rozier will be the starters. But after that it's really up in the air. Anton Gill looked sharp and now appears to be the first off the bench in the backcourt - followed then by Quentin Snider. The first guy up in the frontcourt could be Akoy Agau but Pitino said he's "been injured since he left Nebraska." So, that leaves the staff with the freshman? Chinanu Onuaku has showed the most promised so far and right now would be the first sub off the bench in my opinion.
5. 'Culture' of the team: We all know how much Pitino has put into the L1C4 culture and attitude of the past few years. It's worked and a blueprint he will continue to use. It's way too early to tell if this team 'gets it' but it appears they do. The team is close on and off the court and has some solid leaders. Jones, Blackshear and Harrell have not always been the 'locker room' type leaders but they are coming along.
Not a bad start to a season that should be a ton of fun.