Smith's 5th 'Rookie' award is record

February 15, 1994|By Don Markus

COLLEGE PARK -- Joe Smith has set a number of marks for freshmen at the University of Maryland, and yesterday he reached another milestone: most Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week selections.

The 6-foot-10 center from Norfolk, Va., was honored for the fifth time in eight weeks this season, eclipsing the mark set by former Terrapins All-American Tom McMillen during the 1972-73 season.

Smith scored 36 points, pulled down 23 rebounds, blocked five shots and made six steals as Maryland split road games at North Carolina (95-89 defeat) and Florida State (69-66 victory).

Only one other ACC freshman -- North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse -- has won the award twice. Smith is third in the league in scoring (19.8), second in rebounding (11.0) and tied for the lead in blocked shots (3.4) with Wake Forest freshman Tim Duncan.

Smith and Duncan, a 6-10 center from the Bahamas, will meet tomorrow night when the Terps (13-7, 6-5) play host to the Demon Deacons at Cole Field House. Wake Forest (16-7, 6-4) is coming off an upset of then-No. 2 Duke on Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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