State Division II and III previews

November 22, 1991

BOWIE STATE

Coach: Tyrone Hart

1990-91 record: 7-19 (1 year)

Home court: Jordan Arena (3,000)

Key players: Junior G Aquila Matthews, 6-6, 14.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg; senior G Duane Harper, 6-0.

Outlook: The state's only Division II program is still in the rebuilding stage, but the Bulldogs expect to be much better than a year ago when they were only 2-17 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Last season's 7 wins equaled the combined victory total of the previous 2 seasons. Five players from last season's 14-man squad return, and will work with 3 junior-college transfers and 4 freshmen. Roger Tabb, a 6-7 transfer from Camden CC, and 6-6 sophomore Kevin Purnell (Carver) are the team's tallest players.

FROSTBURG STATE

Coach: Oscar Lewis (6 years, 69-69)

1990-91 record: 9-17

Home court: PE Center (3,600)

Key players: Senior F Scott Kerr, 21.7 ppg, with 76 3-point goals; senior F Carlos Wicker, 12.1 ppg, and 8.0 rpg; senior G Will Liggins, 9.4 ppg.

Outlook: There are 5 returning starters and 4 reserves, and Lewis believes the team has strengthened the positive aspects from last year. The group includes the top 5 scorers and top 4 rebounders. Talented depth gives the coach flexibility in using a strong inside game or working the perimeter.

GOUCHER

Coach: Leonard Trevino (1 year, 3-18)

1990-91 record: 3-18

Home court: Sports & Rec Center (1,200)

Key players: Junior G Corey Garner, 20.2 ppg and 9.1 rpg for 9 games; junior G Tom Rose from Anne Arundel CC; and sophomore F Rob Zmarzly, 12.3 ppg, and 7.7 rpg.

Outlook: A conference affiliation (Capital Athletic Conference) is expected to be a motivating factor for this second-year team. At the beginning, 3 new players are expected to mesh with Garner, academically sound after missing the last 12 games a year ago, and Zmarzly. However, Trevino, whose program still has growing pains, has senior Mike Hootner, out with a broken hand, and a solid recruiting class with which to work. "Our style changes day-to-day, as sometimes the players dictate what they want to do." Regardless, the result should be marked improvement.

JOHNS HOPKINS

Coach: Bill Nelson (11 years, 178-108)

1990-91 record: 19-10

Home court: White Center (1,200)

Key players: Senior F Jay Gangemi, 6-3, 10.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg; sophomore F Frank Grzywacz, 6-4, 57.6 percent from the field; sophomore G Michael Rotay, 6-0 54 percent from the field; 54 percent 3-point shots.

Outlook: Gangemi is the lone returning starter from an NCAA entry, although 3 sophomores who saw a lot of time are expected to fill starting roles. The fifth spot is a toss-up, as Nelson seeks the right combination. A rugged schedule, the result of belonging to the University Athletic Association and the Middle Atlantic Conference, should help make this a tougher team by year's end. The personnel will likely dictate more balanced scoring and better defense than a year ago, but at the start, a positive outlook would be based on potential.

ST. MARY'S

Coach: Jay Gardner (6 years, 63-87)

1990-91 record: 13-13

Home court: Somerset Gym (1,400)

Key players: Senior F Greg Cain, 6-7, co-captain, Capital Athletic Conference rebounding leader, 9.6; senior F Alex Robling, 6-8, 7.4 rpg, 3.4 blocked shots a game; junior G Quentin Hillsman, 8.6 ppg, 4.5 apg.

Outlook: The Seahawks, who won 8 of their past 10, and took the first formal CAC tournament championship last season, are the coaches' choice to repeat, as Gardner has the tallest team in school history. Cain and Robling will be joined by 6-9 sophomore Sean Keehan (Calvert Hall), and 2 other players are 6-5. Six front-liners, including Navy veteran Mike Robinson, 31, give Gardner "by far the strongest front court lineup I have worked with. They have the ability to really dominate inside."

SALISBURY STATE

Coach: Ward Lambert (21 years, 276-274)

1990-91 record: 21-6

Home court: Maggs Center (2,400)

Key players: Senior F Andre Foreman, 6-6, 31.5 ppg, 12.4 rpg; senior F Jamie Gosweiler, 6-4, 10.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg; sophomore G Dameon Ross, 6-3.

Outlook: Foreman, returning Division III scoring leader, and first team All-American, is 1 of 4 starters back from a 22-7 NCAA team. He is also 1 of 8 lettermen who helped the Sea Gulls average 98.9 points (fourth in Division III). The missing ingredient is a fifth starter, as the coaches try to integrate the newcomers without disrupting the cohesiveness achieved last season. Ross, transfer student, could make the quickest impact, with a scoring ability to offset the loss of graduated guards Bill Lewit and David Byer. Talented depth up front and in the backcourt makes the goal of bettering last season's team performances a realistic one.

WASHINGTON

Coach: Tom Finnegan (21 years, 268-234)

1990-91 record: 9-14

Home court: Cain Center (1,200)

Key players: Junior C Darren Vican, 15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg; senior F Tim Liddy, 6-5, team captain, 12.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg.

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