Halloween and Hoops provides preview of Mizzou basketball teams

MU’s annual Black and Gold basketball scrimmage took place on Oct. 30 at Mizzou Arena. This was basketball fans’ first look at how both the women’s and men’s teams are shaping up in their first scrimmage for the public.

“I enjoy the game of basketball and I wanted to see how the new team was looking for this year,” said Jacob Ruboneka, MU freshman. “I especially wanted to see how all the new freshman would play, since I’ve been following them since they committed.”

Doors opened at 5:30 p.m. with athletes from both teams in the arena signing autographs, taking pictures and passing out candy. The women’s scrimmage took place an hour after doors opened. After the first scrimmage there was a dunk contest, hot shot contest and a chance for one student to shoot a half court shot for free tuition. The event closed with the men’s team scrimmage.

“I liked the scrimmage the most,” Ruboneka said. “I thought I would like the dunk contest best before I went in, but it was really cool to see the teams playing together before the season actually starts.”

The stand out performance was from MU freshman Kevin Puryear who shot 5-5 with 13 points during the scrimmage according to the official box score.

“I was really impressed with Kevin Puryear shooting 100 percent,” Ruboneka said. “Especially with three three-point shots. That was something I didn’t expect to see from one of the freshman.”