Two days ago, the third annual Beltway Classic looked to be as wide open as its predecessors, but Mount St. Mary's chances took a tumble when backcourt standout Kevin Booth suffered a serious knee injury in a 116-98 loss at Navy Monday.
Seven minutes into the game, Booth hurt himself breaking free for an inbounds pass. It was originally feared that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg, but an examination near his West Chester, Pa., home yesterday found that was not the case. Booth was to undergo further tests today, but he will return no earlier than January, and could miss the entire season.
"We'll miss him," Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan said. "He's really a top-notch guard. We'll downplay his absence as best we can, and try to go on."