= Senior forward Gil Brown didn’t play with a hamstring injury that will sideline him indefinitely. Brown is expected to return in time for the opener with Rhode Island on Nov. 8, but he looks unlikely for the Oct. 31 exhibition against Northwood (Fla.) University.
= The Blue defeated the Gold, 66-52, in a game that showed the Panthers’ defense is way ahead of the offense. A crowd of 4,295 fans came to the Pete for the scrimmage.
Here are the statistic leaders.
Blue – Ashton Gibbs 22, Talib Zanna 15, Lamar Patterson 11, Gary McGhee 10; Gold – Brad Wanamaker 19, Travon Woodall 10.
Blue – McGhee 9, Zanna 9; Gold – Nasir Robinson 10, Dante Taylor 7
= Brandin Knight and Pat Skerry coached the winning Blue team. Pat Sandle and Brian Regan coached the Gold team. Jamie Dixon, who was doing color commentary on Panthers TV, stopped by each huddle during halftime and some timeouts to give some input, but the head coach mainly let his assistants run the show.
= Redshirt freshman Talib Zanna, playing power forward for the Blue team, shot 7 of 10 from the field, and Gibbs was 8 of 10 with 22 points and five assists. McGhee had 10 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. It was only a pair of 16-minute halves, but McGhee looks much more polished offensively.
= On the Gold team, Robinson had eight offensive rebounds – mainly because the Gold shot 19 of 48 (39.6 percent) from the field — while Travon Woodall had more turnovers (2) than assists (1) in 24 minutes.
= J.J. Moore is as good as advertised. The 6-foot-6 true freshman forward scored nine points, but they came in a variety of ways. An alley-oop dunk from Woodall, a sweet 16-footer, a driving layup past Lamar Patterson and a wicked one-handed throw-down baseline dunk.
= The best of Moore was yet to come. In the first ever Throwdown Showdown dunk contest, the South Kent (Conn.) Prep stole the show. The guest judges were Steelers LaMarr Woodley, Jeff Reed and Lawrence Timmons. Moore’s first dunk was a through-the-legs one-hander that drew all 10s. The second dunk, he leapt over three standing students with ease for a slam.
Nasir Robinson and Cameron Wright each had a couple of good dunks, but nothing to top Moore. Gilbert Brown was scheduled to participate and would have been good competition, but perhaps not enough to beat Moore, who as a dunker seems more effortless than even some of Sam Young’s legendary slams. And he’s a 19-year-old freshman.