Gymnast Dopp blossoms at MichiganRich Dopp (Oakland Mills...

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February 19, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Gymnast Dopp blossoms at Michigan

Rich Dopp (Oakland Mills) and Raul Molina (St. Paul's) have tumbled their way into the University of Michigan gymnastics team rotation.

Last Saturday at Syracuse, Molina, a sophomore from Lutherville, scored a 9.45 on the floor exercise to place third. The Wolverines (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) finished second overall as they beat Southern Connecticut, 269.50-232.65, but fell to the host Orangemen, 274.85-269.80.

Dopp, a sophomore from Columbia, holds team-best scores in the floor exercise (9.70) and the high bar (9.70).

MA Molina has a team-best all-around competition score of 54.65.

Men's basketball

With the Big South men's basketball tournament less than two weeks away, there is a chance Douglass alumnus Darnell Sneed, a 6-foot-4 senior guard for Charleston Southern, may get another shot at playing against Towson State.

The Buccaneers are in eighth place in the Big South and thTigers are ranked No. 1. If Charleston Southern wins its "play-in" game against the No. 9 seed (possibly UNC-Asheville), it most likely will meet Towson State in the quarterfinals.

In the last meeting against the Tigers, Sneed, who is averaging 23 points, was held to 17 points.

Sneed has been named the Big South Player of the Week twicthis season and received honorable-mention honors for his three-game totals last week (91 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists).

Last Saturday against UNC-Asheville, Sneed, a transfer from Baltimore City Community College, scored 36 to help the Buccaneers end a nine-game losing streak.

On Feb. 2 against Big South opponent Coastal Carolina, Sneed surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark.

* Lake Clifton graduate Ron Lucas has moved into the seven-man rotation at Kansas State (15-6). Lucas, a 6-7, 210-pound junior forward, has played in all of the team's games, averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 20 minutes.

He had a career-best 20 points against Sam Houston State and has scored in double figures against Ohio University (13 points) and Colorado (12).

* Poly graduate Ian Smith, who is at Miford Academy (Conn.), has signed with Central Connecticut State for a four-year basketball scholarship. Central Connecticut, located in New Britain, is an independent Division I program.

Smith, a 6-3, 200-pound shooting guard, is the captain of Milford's team and leads the team in scoring (18 ppg.). Milford upset the 1992 New England Prep School champion, St. Thomas More, 75-62, and Maine Central Institute, 93-82.

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