T-Will shines in scrimmage overtime

Junior forward Terrence Williams led his team to an 87-82 overtime win in Louisville's Red-White scrimmage Monday night in front of 11,862 fans at Freedom Hall. Rick Pitino post-scrimmage audio included.

Junior forward Terrence Williams led his team to an 87-82 overtime win in Louisville's Red-White scrimmage Monday night in front of 11,862 fans at Freedom Hall.

Williams, a 6'6 junior, hit two three's and scored nine points, including a 3-point play in the final seconds of overtime to clinch victory for the Red team. Williams stuffed the stat sheet in the Cardinals first public scrimmage, finishing with 24 points, 19 rebounds and 7 assists. The lone blemish on his stat sheet – 7 turnovers.

"I told T-Will what I want from him is to be a stat stuffer in every area," Pitino said. "Tonight he had too many turnovers and not enough steals but when you grab 19 rebounds with seven assists that's what we want from him.

"He can turn around and guard the best player on the other team. He can rebound and Reggie Delk learned tonight what it's like to play against a Big East type of player. He's the best rebounder on the team and he's also the best passer on the team. Now all we have to do is attack rim or pass instead of shooting those little floaters."

Louisville was impressive in several areas. Both teams played hard in a highly spirited and competitive scrimmage that wasn't decided until the game's final seconds. The players were also noticeably spent afterwards.

"We tried to use this is a conditioner as much as anything," Rick Pitino said. "They were exhausted at the end of the game. We've had a lot of guys miss practice and that has led to a lot of guys being out of shape. So there were some really good things and some things we have to work on. But this was really good for us tonight."

Pitino wants more than scoring from
Edgar Sosa.
Preston Knowles and Reggie Delk played well for the White team. Knowles started slowly in the scrimmage. He didn't score in the first half, though he did have 4 assists and 5 rebounds. In the second half, Knowles, a 6'2 freshman, started feeling it offensively. He hit 3 of 5 three's and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Delk, a transfer from Mississippi State, finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. The 6'4 Delk hit 2 of 5 three's and matched up with Williams most of the game.

"I thought by far the three guys that stood out the most to me were T-Will, Preston Knowles and Reggie Delk," Pitino said. "All three played extremely well. I thought Preston played terrific because he's a tough kid and plays good defense. We wanted to really play good defense tonight and that was our focal point. We wanted to challenge shots and not give anything easy. I just think he's a mentally and physically tough kid for a freshman."

The stats would suggest that both teams played defense. There were 18 total steals and 12 blocked shots – four by Terrance Farley. Neither team shot a good percentage either as the Red made just 38 percent from the floor, while the White were slightly better at 41 percent.

White team point guard Edgar Sosa scored 18 points, but had only 4 assists to go with his 4 turnovers. Sosa got to the free throw line a game-high 11 times, making eight and also hit 2 of 7 three's. Still, the coach wasn't pleased with the sophomore's play.

"Edgar Sosa just tried to get shots for himself and didn't make anybody on the White team better," Pitino said. "He had that problem in the first half of the season last year and corrected it. He reverted back and we've got to get it back to where he makes other people better."

Earl Clark had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Red team. Clark and Williams both finished with 7 assists, just one less than the White.

Derrick Caracter scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds for the Red team. He played 39 minutes and committed six fouls and six turnovers. He also blocked three shots, drew several White team fouls and was virtually unstoppable around the basket.

"Last year he could play 25 percent of practice and 75 he couldn't," said Pitino. "Now, he's 75 play and 25 he can't. We've got to get it to 95 and he's got eight pounds to go before we let him step on the court. Next Monday morning if he's not 270 pound he's not playing. He's got a long way to go but he's the kind of guy that would rather cram for a test than study for three weeks."

David Padgett finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds in 37 minutes of action. Stuart Miller hit 3-8 three-pointers and scored 13 points.

One area that certainly needs improvement is free throw shooting. The White team made just 15 of 30 free throws, while the Red made only 61 percent of their 18 attempts. Caracter was 5 of 11 and Delk made just 1 of 5 for the Red. Clark made only 2 of 6 for the White team.

Sophomore guard Jerry Smith didn't play. He had a mild thigh bruise. Pitino said he should return to practice later this week.

Clarence Holloway was introduced to the crowd during pre-game introductions but the 7'1 freshman was not on the court, rather in the stands.


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