Morris ankle iffy for Tigers

Terps' All-American turned it in Wake rout

Williams is hopeful

Shooting dip continues

Holden could get start after 17-point outing

January 21, 2000|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

Terence Morris missed Maryland's basketball practice yesterday with a second-degree sprain of his left ankle, and coach Gary Williams declined to speculate on the availability of his star junior forward for tomorrow's Atlantic Coast Conference game against Clemson at Cole Field House.

"We'll see how it looks [today], and re-evaluate it then," Williams said. "Hopefully, he'll be able to go some in practice then. He walked in this morning, and is receiving treatment. Whatever happens, happens. If we have to play without him, we play without him. I hope he can play Saturday, obviously."

Morris turned his ankle during a Terps' possession and hopped off the court with 5: 16 left in Wednesday's 73-51 rout of Wake Forest.

Morris made his first shot against Wake Forest, but missed his next seven field-goal attempts en route to a 3-for-11 line that dropped his shooting percentage to .375 (21-for-56) in the ACC. Morris did contribute seven rebounds, and tied his career high with seven blocked shots.

"I didn't talk to Terence about it when I saw him [yesterday morning], but he knows he's better than that," Williams said of a slump that has seen his shooting percentage worsen with every ACC game (8-for-18 vs. N.C. State, 6-for-15 vs. Duke, 4-for-12 vs. Georgia Tech). "It's like anything else. One good game, and he'll be right there."

Tahj Holden picked up some of the offensive slack Wednesday with career highs of 17 points and six rebounds.

In the event that Morris could not play, the 6-10 freshman from Little Silver, N.J., would most likely start at Morris' forward spot against Clemson (6-11, 0-4 ACC) for 24th-ranked Maryland (12-5, 1-3).

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