Fall on ice sidelines UMBC's Saunders

January 21, 1994|By Paul McMullen

Just when it thought its season had taken a turn for the better, the UMBC men's basketball team suffered a blow earlier this week, as senior guard Skip Saunders slipped and fell while leaving his on-campus apartment and will miss two to four weeks with a knee injury.

Saunders strained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Tuesday morning after helping the Retrievers the night before to their second straight win, over Coastal Carolina.

Saunders, who led UMBC in scoring last season with a 15.6 average, is averaging 12.7 this season, making more of his shots outside the three-point arc than within. Saunders has 1,096 career points.

Saunders' absence is the second major personnel loss for the Retrievers (3-9), who had lost nine straight before beating Charleston Southern on Jan. 13. Two weeks ago senior center Sonique Nixon was declared academically ineligible.

Sophomore Felton Scott will replace Saunders in the lineup tomorrow, when the Retrievers resume their Big South Conference schedule at UNC-Greensboro.

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