UTC men's basketball: Three observations from Blue & Gold scrimmage

Photo by Angela Foster / The Blue team's Silvio De Sousa passes the ball over the Gold team's Tada Stricklen during the UTC men's basketball team's Blue & Gold intrasquad scrimmage Thursday night at McKenzie Arena.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball team held its Blue & Gold intrasquad scrimmage Thursday evening at McKenzie Arena, a game won 43-35 by the Blue team.

Malachi Smith scored a game-high 16 points for the Blue, with teammate Darius Banks right behind him with 15, including 10 in the first half. KC Hankton had 12 to lead the Gold team, while University of Central Florida transfer Avery Diggs added 10 with six rebounds.

David Jean-Baptiste missed the game due to illness, while fellow senior Joshua Ayeni was present but didn't play as he works his way back from injury.

The Mocs are preparing for their fifth season under coach Lamont Paris. They will host the College of Wooster in an exhibition on Nov. 4, then open the regular season Nov.