Shultz trips, takes Hoyas with him

November 27, 1993|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Kurtis Shultz officially began his junior season at the University of Maryland by falling flat on his face -- and that was before he entered yesterday's game against Georgetown at USAir Arena.

"I tripped on Coach's [Gary Williams'] foot," Shultz said with a laugh. "Coach Williams started yelling at me to get in the game. It was pretty funny. Little Matt Raydo [a freshman walk-on] started joking, 'You know that was on ESPN.' "

Shultz's first-half pratfall might not have made last night's "Sports-Center," but his steal with 18 seconds left in overtime had a chance. It set up the winning basket in Maryland's 84-83 upset of the 15th-ranked Hoyas.

The play by the 6-foot-5 forward from Randallstown was the biggest in his career at Maryland, eclipsing the six straight free throws he made to help beat Clemson in the preliminary game of the 1992 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

"Hopefully it'll help [get playing time]," said Shultz, who stepped in front of a pass by Joey Brown to make the steal. "To win it like this was great, but I know that the guys in front of me like Mario [Lucas], Keith [Booth] and Joe [Smith] are going to get most of the minutes. You want to help whenever you can."

Shultz was officially credited with a minute yesterday and his line of stats was remarkable: no points, no rebounds, no shots attempted, no free throws taken. And one very large steal. It didn't surprise Maryland coach Gary Williams.

"Kurtis is amazing," said Williams. "He can come in after sitting the whole night and throw a length-of-the-floor inbounds pass. He does whatever we ask him to do."

Now if only he can work on his entrances.

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