Simpkins' collapse prompted by flu

March 09, 1996|By Ken Murray

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Duane Simpkins collapsed on the court in the closing seconds of Maryland's 82-69 victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament yesterday, but said later he would play in today's semifinal round against Georgia Tech.

The senior point guard said he has been fighting the flu, and had a fever when he arrived in Greensboro on Wednesday. He had not practiced with the team the previous two days because of his illness.

Simpkins said he grew dizzy and "was trying to signal somebody help me off the court" when Keith Booth went to the foul line for two free throws with 20 seconds left. Simpkins slumped to the floor near midcourt, and was helped to the Maryland bench.

"We'll try to get a lot of fluid in him," coach Gary Williams said. "He's been taking medicine. It was kind of a pressure situation, and sometimes you feel it."

Pub Date: 3/09/96

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