Men's Basketball
Orange & Blue Scrimmage Recap

Meyers Leonard led the Illini with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting at the Orange & Blue Scrimmage.
Meyers Leonard led the Illini with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting at the Orange & Blue Scrimmage.

Oct. 23, 2011

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Champaign, Ill. - Illinois held its annual Orange & Blue Scrimmage Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 6,144 at the Assembly Hall. The Fighting Illini played four, 8-minute quarters, with each quarter contested as its own game. The rosters also changed each quarter, allowing for a number of different lineup combinations (bee below for lineups by quarter). The Orange team won three of the four quarters, taking the first 26-21, the second 20-18 thanks to a game-winning 30-footer by Sam Maniscalco at the buzzer, and the fourth (running clock) 10-7. The Blue team, meanwhile, won the third quarter 14-12.

Meyers Leonard led all scorers with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting, including a number of thunderous dunks. Leonard also grabbed seven boards. Maniscalso netted 17 points, with five of his six baskets coming from 3-point range. Tyler Griffey matched Maniscalco with 17 points.

Brandon Paul scored 15 and added a game-high seven assists. Joseph Bertrand and freshman Myke Henry tallied 13 points each, while Bertrand pulled down a scrimmage-high nine rebounds.

Rounding out the double-figure scorers, D.J. Richardson had 11 and Tracy Abrams added 10.

Illinois is next in action on Tuesday, Nov. 1, facing Wayne State in an exhibition game at 7:30 p.m. The game will be streamed live at

Lineups By Quarter
First Quarter (Orange wins 26-21)

Orange: Abrams, Paul, Bertrand, Griffey, Leonard, Henry, Djimde
Blue: Maniscalco, Richardson, Head, Shaw, Egwu, Langford

Second Quarter (Orange wins 20-18)
Orange: Maniscalco, Richardson, Bertrand, Shaw, Leonard, Langford
Blue: Abrams, Head, Paul, Griffey, Egwu, Henry, Djimde

Third Quarter (Blue wins 14-12)
Blue: Maniscalco, Paul, Bertrand, Langford, Leonard, Shaw, Selus
Orange: Abrams, Head, Henry, Griffey, Egwu, Richardson, Djimde

Fourth Quarter-Running Clock (Orange wins 10-7)
Orange: Abrams, Richardson, Paul, Djimde, Leonard, Shaw, Langford
Blue: Maniscalco, Head, Bertrand, Griffey, Egwu, Henry