Shamsud-din Gets 20 to Lead Blue Over White

Oct. 25, 2008

Fullerton, Calif. - Freshman guard Ameer Shamsud-din scored 20 points and five teammates also were in double figures Saturday morning as the Blue defeated the White, 86-81, in Cal State Fullerton's annual early-season Alumni-Day public scrimmage in Titan Gym.

Senior Marcio Lassiter scored 32 points to lead all scorers, making 7 of 19 3-point field goals for the White which also got 23 points and a team-high 6 rebounds from junior Gerard Anderson. Senior guard Josh Akognon played the point for the Blue and concentrated on distributing the ball. He took only 8 shots on his way to 10 points to go with 10 assists.

Junior Ray Miller had 14 points, hitting 7 of 8 shots, and a game-high 8 rebounds for the Blue, which made 30 of 53 field goal attempts (.567). Seven-foot-2 junior center Adam Thomas added 13 points and 6 rebounds, making all six attempts from the floor.

The Blue led most of the way but the White rallied behind a late full-court press and got within 3 points. But Lassiter missed a trey and Shamsud-din hit 3 of 4 free throws to quell the rally.

In the second annual Alumni game earlier in the morning, Jason Cunningham scored 33 points and Justin Burns had 18 as the White pulled out a 92-89 overtime victory over the Blue. Chris Dade hit 5 3-pointers on his way to 17 points in the first three quarters before having to leave. Assistant track and field coach Brandon Campbell added 14 points, mostly on acrobatic lob-pass dunks.

NBA veterans Richard Morton and Henry Turner paced the Blue team, which was made up of the older alums. Morton had 25 points and Turner had 15. J.D. Green had 16 points and Sean Williams and Agee Ward each added 12.

The White led for most of the game but the Blue rallied late. Morton scored with about 15 seconds to play for an 85-84 Blue lead. Cunningham made 1 of 2 free throws with 5.3 seconds left to tie it and the White survived a miss at the buzzer by Wayne "Buzzer Beater" Williams.

In the 2-minute overtime, Turner hit a trey that was matched by Josh Fischer. Burns and Campbell then scored to put the White ahead to stay. Turner made a late free throw but Morton missed a game-tying trey just before the final buzzer.

NBA star Cedric Ceballos flew in from Phoenix but his flight was delayed and he did not play.

Scrimmage scoring totals: WHITE - Lassiter 32, Anderson 23, Andersen 9, Thompson 7, Streeter 5, Guisse 5. BLUE - Shamsud-din 20, Miller 14, Thomas 13, Chin 13, Johnson 12, Akognon 10, Marshall 4, Mensah 0.

Alumni game scoring totals: WHITE - Jason Cunningham 33, Justin Burns 18, Chris Dade 17, Brandon Campbell 14, Josh Fischer 8, Jerome Archie 2.

BLUE - Richard Morton 25, J. D. Green 16, Henry Turner 15, Agee Ward 12, Sean Williams 12, Brian Wood 3, Greg Vernon 2, Wayne Williams 2, Gary Davis 2.

Playing but not scoring: David Ng, David Moody, Chris St. Clair
In attendance: Rodney Anderson, Greg Bunch, Andy Hinkle, Jason Kerian, Eugene Jackson, Marc Stein (ESPN).

Scoring by Quarters:
White Alumni 25 - 13 - 26 - 21 -- 7 -- 92
Blue Alumni 20 - 15 - 24 - 28 -- 4 -- 89