Terps' Petrovic has stress fracture

January 20, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

University of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams extended a dubious streak yesterday when it was determined that freshman forward Nemanja Petrovic had sustained a stress fracture of the right leg. He originally was thought to have shin splints, but a bone scan showed the fracture.

It marks the fourth straight year that Williams has lost a player because of a serious leg injury. Senior Kevin McLinton suffered a similar injury as a freshman. Walt Williams broke his leg two years ago and Garfield Smith sustained a season-ending fracture.

"It's unbelievable," said Williams, who also lost his point guard, Jay Burson, with a broken neck during his last season at Ohio State. "I feel bad for Nemanja. He's been having pain since December and he tried to come back a few times."

Petrovic, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center from the former Yugoslavia, had been one of the team's top frontcourt reserves until sitting out most of the past three games.

Williams said Petrovic will be out "from two to six weeks." He was averaging 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while playing nine minutes a game.

"It's frustrating," said Petrovic.

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