Injuries team up against Hopkins in rebuilding season


January 05, 1995|By GARY LAMBRECHT

After losing all five starters from last year's 20-7 team, which qualified for its fifth straight NCAA Division III tournament, the Johns Hopkins men's basketball team figured to fall back into a rebuilding scheme this season.

The Blue Jays have done just that. Throw in a few injuries to go with the Blue Jays' tough schedule and youthful roster -- 11 of their 12 players are freshmen or sophomores -- and it's easy to understand their 1-7 start.

Sophomore forward Matt Gorman, who was averaging seven points and 5.5 rebounds, suffered a medial collateral ligament injury in the season's second game, and should return this month. Sophomore forward Wes Unseld (Loyola) wasn't as fortunate. He is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last month in the fourth game. At the time, Unseld was leading the team in scoring and rebounding.

On the bright side, the injuries have allowed freshman forward Greg Roehrig to step forward and average a team-high 14.8 points. Combine that with the emergence of players such as freshman guard Isiah Sandlin (9.1 ppg) and sophomore Billy Black (6.0 ppg), and the future doesn't look so bleak after all.

Morgan reeling

Speaking of bleak, the basketball season is 6 weeks old, and Morgan State is looking for its first victory. The men's and women's teams are a combined 0-15. They have been outscored by an average of 32 points.

The men's team, faced with a brutal nonconference schedule under interim coach Lynn Ramage, is 0-9 and has given up 96.7 points a game.

The women's team (0-6) opened the season with a 107-27 thrashing at Connecticut and is generating only 50.3 points a game.

Terps women swimmers 4-1

Maryland's women's swimming team no longer is treading water.

Coming into the season, the Terps were 9-25 in their previous three seasons, and had won only one of their previous 13 Atlantic Coast Conference meets.

This season, Maryland has won four of five meets, including a 171-128 victory over North Carolina State that marked the Terps' first ACC win in more than three years.

Senior Christina Burch, the team's lone senior -- 23 of Maryland's 28 women are freshmen -- has set quite an example by setting a Maryland pool record of 23.91 seconds in the 50-yard --. Sophomore Sara Borst has one-upped her teammate with a 23.90 performance. They own the second- and third-best 50-yard times in the ACC.

The Terps also are doing well in the classroom. The team has attained national academic All-America honors for 12 straight semesters, posting a 3.424 grade-point average during that run, highest among the nation's Division I programs.

Coppin opens MEAC play

After completing its toughest nonconference schedule ever with a 3-7 record, Coppin State's men's basketball team will be licking its chops as it opens its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule at North Carolina A&T on Saturday.

The Eagles are the strong favorites to repeat as MEAC regular-season champions, and they are expected to erase last year's MEAC tournament loss to Morgan State by winning the tournament and going to the NCAAs. And the sooner that senior guard Keith Carmichael snaps out of his shooting doldrums, the better off the Eagles will be.

Since scoring 32 points at Kansas last month, Carmichael has gone 18-for-64 in seven games, 14-for-52 from three-point range.

Stoffey honored

Patty Stoffey, who has led Loyola's women's basketball team to an 8-2 start and became the state's all-time leading Division I women's scorer, has earned her second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor of the season.

In four games, including Loyola's first victory over Maryland, 73-68, Stoffey averaged 21.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as the Greyhounds went 3-1.

Stoffey needs nine points on Saturday against George Mason to become the third Loyola player, men's or women's, to reach 2,000 career points.

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