Score aside, Rupert wins return game

December 11, 1992|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Geoff Rupert had a little bit of a homecoming on Saturda night.

Rupert, a former basketball star at South Carroll, traveled to UMBC as a member of the Washington College men's basketball team.

Rupert, whose father, Gary, worked in the UMBC athletic department for 12 years, played in front of his family and friends ++ as the Retrievers topped Washington College, 88-76.

Rupert spent a lot of time at UMBC while growing up. He played basketball in the UMBC Fieldhouse, attended camps at the school and went to numerous sporting events.

Rupert said that, while he was there to play basketball Saturday, he enjoyed everything else.

"I was kind of nervous," said Rupert, a junior. "I hadn't really been around in five or six years. I had been looking forward to the game."

Rupert's father, who is now the associate director of alumni affairs at UMBC, and his mother, Nancy, who works in the office at South Carroll, said they enjoyed watching their son.

The Ruperts try to attend each of their son's games for the Chestertown school. Still, playing at UMBC was special.

"It's fun," said Nancy Rupert. "It's always a big night when you can play local."

As fun as it was to watch her 20-year-old son, Nancy Rupert still had plenty of motherly thoughts.

"I just get nervous for him," she said. "I just want him to do well and the team to win."

She got one of her two wishes. Rupert, playing small forward, finished with eight points and 13 rebounds, but the Shoremen (2-3) lost.

The 6-foot-5 Rupert broke into the starting lineup for Washington College halfway through his freshman year and has been there )) since.

At the start of this season, Rupert had been penciled in as the starting point guard. Rupert later was shifted to small forward, but he, in fact, plays a type of point forward, often bringing the ball up court.

"On defense, I feel I've become much smarter," said Rupert, who is averaging 15 points. "[When] rebounding, I'm going to the basket[harder]."

Rupert spent a lot of time going to the basket in high school. He played a large part in South Carroll's Class 3A state final appearance in his junior year and its regional final appearance in his senior year.

South Carroll's offense was similar to the one run at Washington College, and Rupert said that eased his transition to college ball.

Rupert is working on a degree in business management and hopes to become involved in coaching.

Rupert's father sat in the stands looking much like a coach. His hand was cupped under his chin as he watched his youngest son play basketball on the floor where he spent much of his childhood.

Gary Rupert said, "He had a lot of people there who watched him grow. I was very, very happy for him and very, very proud of him."

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