Towson State hoping to catch holiday break against Maryland

December 23, 1992|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- On the surface, at least, they appear to b headed in opposite directions. Maryland is rolling. Towson State is reeling. But neither team has played a game for 12 days.

schedule," said Boyd, who leads the Tigers with 21 points a game. "Butas a team, I don't think we have any chemistry right now. We need to get it together."

Though the Tigers have four starters back from last season's 17-13 team, they seem to be adjusting to Boyd's return. More significantly, Boyd is not yet the player he was before suffering the fractured elbow that sidelined him all of last season.

Some have blamed Boyd's 37 percent shooting and lackadaisical defense (only six steals in four games) on the extra weight he put on while not playing. But since a 79-74 loss to Coppin State on Dec. 12, Truax has been encouraged by Boyd's play in practices.

"In Devin's defense, we're asking a lot of him," Truax said of the 6-foot-2 senior. "We're asking him to guard the other team's best backcourt scorer, we want him to be a leader out there and we want him to score. It's not only him. We're not playing good defense as a team."

Said Boyd: "I don't think it's a big problem. We lost to Coppin State and a lot of people started to panic. Coppin State was the only loss we had that we probably should have won. If it went the other way around, I don't think people would be talking this way about us."

Although his team has won three in a row, Williams said he doesn't know what to expect from the Terps tonight. Two freshmen in the starting lineup, and five in the regular rotation, still make Maryland unpredictable.

For that reason, Williams has had his team practicing during most of its exam break. A year ago, after they took a couple of days off during exams, it was almost a month before the Terps found the cohesiveness they had exhibited earlier in the season.

This time, Maryland had only one day off after a 93-76 victory over La Salle on Dec. 12 in Philadelphia.

Though Cole Field House has been unavailable the past couple of days because of graduation, the Terps have worked out at Catholic University.

Williams wants to make sure the great equalizer doesn't come into play tonight.

"You never know what will happen," he said. "Maybe we'll come out and play great. I've seen it happen both ways."

* This begins a five-game homestand for Maryland. The Terps will play Morgan State on Saturday and Louisville on Monday. Maryland ticket manager Jack Zane said the Louisville game is just about sold out. Zane said that as of yesterday afternoon, there were about 500 tickets remaining. He also said that there are no tickets remaining for public sale to the Duke, North Carolina and Florida State games, and only a limited number of tickets left for Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

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