Marshall feels like a winner

November 28, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Even after a blowout loss in his first college game in his home state, Zeke Marshall was smiling.

Marshall, a 6-foot-4 senior forward for Cornell and The Sun's 1990 Player of the Year, missed seven of his first eight shots but came back to score 12 points with a team-leading six rebounds and three assists in the Big Red's 92-41 defeat to Maryland.

"Regardless of the outcome, I was just real excited to play in front of the home fans and family," said the former St. Paul's star, who had 150 friends and family members in attendance.

Marshall, a second-team All-Ivy League performer last season, was hampered by a cast on his left, non-shooting hand. He

fractured a bone in it on the second day of practice.

"It's too bad Zeke couldn't demonstrate how good he really is," first-year coach Al Walker said. "He could hardly catch the ball out there."

"I don't feel it playing out there. It's just something I'm conscious of," Marshall said. "I don't want to hurt the healing process."

By being in the Ivy League's top 10 in seven categories last season, including No. 1 in steals with 2.0 a game, Marshall is a preseason first-team All-Ivy by Street & Smith's. Marshall, who has started 59 games dating to the end of his freshman year, averaged 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds last year.

Marshall, who is enrolled in the School of Hotel Administration as a marketing and management major, plans to graduate in May 1994. He worked as an assistant manager for the Orioles this summer at the Camden Club, but wants to keep his options open after graduation.

"I first want to see if I can play professional ball somewhere," Marshall said. "This season will be the determinant of that."

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