Freshman Morris comes up big in Terps' intrasquad scrimmage

October 26, 1997|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- As it was, the half hook attempted by Maryland 6-foot-10 center Obinna Ekezie in the closing seconds of yesterday's Red-White scrimmage was insignificant -- his team trailed by three at the time. What was significant was the message sent by 6-8 freshman forward Terence Morris, who was defending the play.

Morris partially blocked the shot, one of his eight blocks in the game. He also scored 24 points, demonstrating three-point range and aggressiveness in the paint, in helping the Red team to a 71-68 win.

"That boy, he can play," said an impressed Ekezie, who last season had little help on the inside in the Terps' 21-11 campaign. "He can hit the three-pointer if he gets a good look, and he's so tall that when he cuts, you can lob it and he'll be able to catch anything."

This was an outing that gave Maryland fans a look at the taller, stronger 1997-98 team. Those who showed up at Ritchie Coliseum witnessed a squad that will be able to go nine or 10 players deep this season. With the expected contributions of Morris and 6-11 freshman Mike Mardesich, coach Gary Williams will be able to go with a lot of big combinations.

Yesterday, Williams had enough flexibility to play 6-8 Rodney Elliott at small forward.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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