Montana State basketball scrimmage

Montana State junior Jamie Stewart drives to the basket against junior Xavier Johnson-Blount during Tuesday night's scrimmage.

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There was some miscommunication.

There were some missed shots.

There were a couple "wow, that was impressive" plays.

To summarize, Montana State's first official live action of the 2011-2012 season was "kind of about what I expected," according to men's basketball head coach Brad Huse.

The Bobcats held their Blue & White scrimmage Tuesday night at Worthington Arena in front of a small crowd and, as Huse and his players noted, came out a little less sharp than they hope to be on game days.

Several players switched between the blue and white teams after each quarter of play, as did the coaching staff, in a mix-and-match effort to see who works well with whom.

In addition, both sides knew each play - offensively and defensively - which made for a handful of steals, contested shots and threading the needle passes towards the basket. In the end, MSU had 19 assists and 15 steals. Each team won two of four quarters: White 16-14, 1st; 11-8, 3rd; Blue 27-21, 2nd, 18-16, 4th.

"It was just a little test playing against each other," senior point guard Rod Singleton said. "We all know each other's tendencies and stuff, but we just tried to put it in a game-type simulation.

"Got some things to clean up, but for the most part we did pretty good."

"Main purpose was to come out here, go hard and get a little run in," added Xavier Johnson-Blount, one of four junior college transfers. "Execute plays, try to get better at them against ourselves and go hard. It was a good run, fun playing and we move on."

Johnson-Blount and fellow transfer Jaime Stewart matched up each other most of the night, one of a handful of one-on-one matchups that looked deliberately set up. Another was the point guard battle between Singleton and freshman Mike Dison, who started slow against the Bobcat veteran but began heating up as the scrimmage progressed.

Dison scored a team-high 26 points, netting 15 in the second 10-minute frame, and hit five 3-pointers. He was 8-for-12 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range.

"Mike has a big heart, he's not afraid," Johnson-Blount said. "It's good that he came out here and tried to go hard and everything. We're definitely going to need him."

Johnson-Blount scored 17 points while Stewart netted 14 and Tre Johnson had an efficient double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Budinich also scored 11.

"I wouldn't really say so much surprise - you see how much potential we have," Singleton said in response to who surprised him at the scrimmage. "We just see it as, ‘OK, he's finally doing exactly what he should be doing.' We all look towards each other as if we have the utmost potential... sky's the limit."

Johnson-Blount agreed.

"This doesn't define us," he said. "We still have a lot more things to work on. Just move forward, get ready for the next step."

MSU plays next in an exhibition game against Colorado Christian at home on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Gidal Kaiser can be reached at or 582-2670.

Blue & White scrimmage

Scoring - Jamie Stewart 6-10 2-5 14; Blake Brumwell 3-6 0-0 6; Danny Desin 2-5 0-0 5; Rod Singleton 1-3 0-0 2; Mike Dison 8-12 5-6 26; Mitchell Schwab 1-1 0-0 2; Tor Anderson 0-2 0-0 0; Mohammed Fall 3-5 1-2 7; Shawn Reid 6-14 0-0 13; Jourdain Allou 1-4 3-6 5; Xavier Johnson-Blount 6-16 3-4 17; Tre Johnson 6-9 0-1 12; Steven Davis 0-1 1-2 1; Christian Moon 3-11 0-0 6; Jeff Budinich 4-9 1-2 11; Andrew Costello 1-1 0-0 2; Jeremiah Trady 0-1 0-0 0.

FG - 51-110 FT 16-28 131.

3-pointers: 12-28 (Dison 5-7, Budinich 2-3, Johnson-Blount 2-4, Desin 1-2, Reid 1-4, Moon 1-5, Stewart 0-1, Anderson 0-2). Rebounds: 64 (Johnson 9, Allou 8, Fall 6, Reid 6, Brumwell 5, Budinich 5, Moon 5, Stewart 4, Desin 3, Dison 3, Johnson-Blount 3, Costello 2, Davis 2, Singleton 2, Schwab 1, Tardy 1). Assists: 19 (Singleton 3, Allou 2, Dison 2, Johnson-Blount 2, Moon 2, Stewart 2, Budinich 1, Brumwell 1, Davis 1, Desin 1). Steals: 15 (Singleton 2, Stewart 2, Allou 1, Anderson 1, Brumwell 1, Budinich 1, Davis 1, Desin 1, Dison 1, Johnson 1, Johnson-Blount 1, Moon 1, Reid 1).

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