Monds Stands Tall In Orange-Black Scrimmage

STILLWATER – Maybe Eddie Sutton needs to think about kicking David Monds out of practice each week during the basketball season, especially if he keeps playing like he did during the Orange-Black scrimmage Saturday afternoon. The 6-foot-8 junior had game highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds for the Orange team, which lost 87-80, just days after getting kicked out of practice last week.

Monds, who averaged just 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds while playing sparingly last season, is in a battle for playing time at the post position with senior Aaron Pettway and 17-year-old freshman Kenny Cooper. Both Monds and Cooper certainly improved their standing if Saturday's performance has any bearing on the decision.

Monds was 10 of 17 from the field and 5 of 8 from the free throw line for his 25 points. Cooper, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound freshman from Monroe, La., also impressed in his first game inside Gallagher-Iba Arena and in front of 10,448 Cowboy fans. He was 8 of 16 from the field and 3 of 7 from the line to finish with a Black team-high of 19 points, while adding five rebounds, one steal and a blocked shot and did not turn the ball over a single time in 35 minutes of play.

Monds, who played all 40 minutes because junior college transfer Mario Boggan is still unable to go because of foot surgery, was the only other player to not turn the ball over. The junior from Macon, Ga., says he got the message when he was kicked out of practice, not once but twice, last week.

"He kicked Tony (Allen) and Joey (Graham) out of practice, too. He was always hard on Tony and Joey so I feel privileged if he's on me every day," Monds said. "With this team, with all the talent we've got, if you don't bring it every day you get your minutes taken. So it shows me that I've got to bring it every day. When I bring it every day I become a better player."

Cooper's 19 points led the winning Black team but he had plenty of help as JamesOn Curry (18 points), Byron Eaton (17), Roderick Flemings (17) and Keith Brumbaugh (11) also scored in double figures. Eaton, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound freshman point guard who has lost nearly 20 pounds since practice started, was impressive in his Cowboy debut. He was 8 of 12 from the field, including 1-of-3 on three-pointers, to finish with 17 points. He added six rebounds, five assists and three steals while committing five turnovers in 39 minutes of action.

Curry, the lone returning Cowboy with any significant playing time from last year's Sweet 16 team, struggled during the scrimmage. He finished with 18 points but was 7 of 18 from the field and turned the ball over four times. Curry, though, contributed seven rebounds, six assists and a steal in 38 minutes of play.

Freshman Keith Brumbaugh showed flashes of why he submitted his name for the NBA Draft before deciding to attend college. The 6-foot-8 left-hander finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and one assist (with just two turnovers) in 33 minutes of action.

In addition to Monds, junior college transfer Torre Johnson and freshman Terrel Harris were both impressive during the scrimmage. Johnson, an All-American at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College a year ago, finished with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 36 minutes. Harris, the 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Garland, Texas, who the coaching staff has been praising since practice started, showed the Cowboy fans what they've been talking about. He had 20 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals (plus a game-high six turnovers) in 35 minutes.

But it was the play of Monds that stood out to most of the 10,448 fans in attendance.

"That's only the beginning," Monds said. "Coach said that I should average a double-double. I worked hard this summer on my jumper. I feel like I can average a double-double."

Curry agrees with his teammates. "When he faces the basket he's great. There aren't a lot of big men in the country who can shoot like that," he said. "We've just got to get David where he's doing that every day and every night, and become more consistent."

Black 87 Kenny Cooper 19, JamesOn Curry 18, Byron Eaton 17, Roderick Flemings 17, Keith Brumbaugh 11, Aaron Pettway 5.
Orange 80 David Monds 25, Terrel Harris 20, Torre Johnson 15, Marcus Dove 9, Jamaal Brown 7, Luke Byler 4.

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