Absence of Booth dims Mount's view

November 28, 1990|By Paul McMullen

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."

Booth was Mount St. Mary's leading scorer last season, and poured in 29 in a season-opening loss at Xavier. Compounding his absence, reserve guard Doug John will miss all of December with a back injury.

In the first round of the Beltway Classic Friday (6:30 p.m.) at the Towson Center, the depleted Mount will be after its 10th straight win over Loyola. The 8:30 p.m. game has defending champion Towson State meeting UMBC, and that is also the East Coast Conference opener for both. The consolation and championship games will be played Saturday.

Tickets are $5, $4 and $2, and can be purchased at the participating schools.

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