UMBC's Green working long and hard to fulfill prediction

ON COLLEGES

December 07, 1996|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF

Among the reasons freshman forward Isaac Green once listed for choosing UMBC was the chance to make "a very positive impact."

He's done that by playing a lot of minutes -- 103 in three games before last night, easily the most on the team -- while averaging 11.3 points and 7.6 rebounds. He also was named the Big South Conference's Rookie of the Week after totaling 26 points and 16 rebounds against local rivals Loyola College and Towson State.

Those challenges paled in comparison to the one Wednesday night at Cole Field House, when Green, 6 feet 6 and 225 pounds, often went head-to-head with Obinna Ekezie, Maryland's 6-10, 260-pound sophomore center.

Green had eight points, seven rebounds and a block and made seven turnovers while playing a game-high 37 minutes in UMBC's 67-31 loss. Ekezie had two points and three rebounds against UMBC's matchup zone.

Coach Tom Sullivan said he thought Green played "all right for a freshman. Some of the mistakes he made, if we played the game tomorrow, he wouldn't make them."

Welch is back

Coppin State basketball coach Fang Mitchell reinstated senior forward Reggie Welch, and he traveled with the Eagles to Lincoln, Neb., for the Ameritas Classic, which began last night. Welch missed Coppin's 88-64 season-opening loss at Oklahoma last Saturday after being suspended for violating a team academic rule.

"Our first concern is that he has his academic situation straight, and he has taken it upon himself to do so and improve his performance in that area. We feel he's made satisfactory progress," Mitchell said.

Welch, 6-6, who made the All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference first team last season, had been practicing with the Eagles during the week-long suspension.

UMES recruits guard

Kindel Oxilous, a 6-2, 220-pound guard from Portland (Ore.) Community College, signed a letter of intent to attend Maryland-Eastern Shore. A native of Spring Valley, N.Y., Oxilous averaged 22.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists for PCC last season.

"He is very strong, quick and can shoot the basketball," said first-year UMES coach Lonnie Williams. "He can play the 1, 2 or 3 positions. Most guards are too weak to handle him and forwards are too slow to guard him.

"What I like most about him besides his basketball talent is that he is very verbal on the floor. That is what we are lacking in the backcourt right now."

Unbeaten Terps swimmers

The Maryland men's and women's swimming and diving teams are 5-0 entering the semester break, including victories over Duke in their lone Atlantic Coast Conference meets.

After qualifying for the NCAA national championships last season, junior Scott Grayson has maintained his winning ways, breaking his Cole Field House Pool record in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.12) against George Washington. He has won at least one individual event in all five of the Terrapins' meets, capturing two against La Salle and George Washington.

Sophomore Kim Piotro has wasted no time making an impact after transferring from Cal State-Northridge. Against West Virginia, she broke the Cole Field House Pool record in the 200 freestyle (1 minute, 53.22 seconds) and joined junior Dawn Josephson, senior Cori Hudock and freshman Sarah Solomon in breaking the pool record in the 200 medley relay (1: 48.38). Solomon has won the 50freestyle in all five meets.

Miscellaneous

Towson State's men's and women's indoor track teams will return to varsity competition after four years of club status when they play host to the Holiday Relay Meet next Saturday at 10 a.m. In two games against Vanderbilt, Towson State senior guard/forward Trinette Tucker has scored 42 points, including 19 to go with a career-high 12 rebounds last week. Through six games, junior forward Damion Keyes was Bowie State's leading scorer (20.2 ppg) and rebounder (7.7 rpg). The Bowie State women's basketball team was honored with a Sweet 16 banner before Thursday's home game against St. Augustine's College, commemorating last season's first NCAA tournament berth. Johns Hopkins senior forward Wes Unseld (Loyola High) is shooting 24-for-33 through four games. Through three games, Washington College's Derek Cuff was leading the Centennial Conference in scoring at 20.0 ppg. Guard John DeRichie's three-pointer with 13 seconds left gave Salisbury State a 77-74 win over Catholic on Wednesday night. Washington College freshman Cineva Kline twice has broken school records in the 100 backstroke this season, and her 1: 01.51 time met the NCAA B national standard, making her the first female swimmer at Washington to make the cut in five years.

Pub Date: 12/07/96

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