Booth has 31, Elliott 22 in scrimmage


COLLEGE PARK -- Keith Booth scored 31 points and Rodney Elliott added 22 to power the White team past the Red, 94-68, in a Maryland intrasquad basketball scrimmage at Cole Field House yesterday.

Coach Gary Williams placed an emphasis on conditioning, and got the dividends he sought in the 40-minute, five-on-five workout that was ragged at times.

"Conditioning- and effort-wise, we were good," Williams said. "Like everybody else, we're looking to get better execution."

Exree Hipp and Terrell Stokes were held out of the scrimmage with injuries, leaving the Terps with just one extra player for the scrimmage. Hipp sprained his right ankle and Stokes suffered a back injury in a previous scrimmage.

The White team pulled away in the second half when 6-foot-9 Obinna Ekezie scored 14 of his 18 points and Sarunas Jasikevicius 12 of his 16.

"It was like a quiz with officials," Williams said. "Sarunas, Obinna and [LaRon] Profit showed they can play with us. They can step up and give us the bench we need."

Mario Lucas led the Red team with 21 points. Duane Simpkins scored 14, Johnny Rhodes 12 and Brian Watkins, a transfer from Notre Dame who must sit out this season, had 11.

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