Terps' Morris ready to go

Forward tests ankle in practice, expects to play at Carolina

Senior missed one game

Fill-in Holden earns ACC top rookie honors

January 25, 2000|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland basketball team got good news from the power forward position yesterday.

Junior Terence Morris, the preseason Player of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, practiced for the first time since he sprained his left ankle Wednesday, and freshman Tahj Holden, his replacement, was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

"Terence did some drills, looked OK and we'll see how he feels tomorrow," coach Gary Williams told a school spokesman after practice at Cole Field House.

Williams expects Morris to be ready to play tomorrow at North Carolina. A first-team All-ACC choice last season, Morris was injured late in a 22-point rout of Wake Forest. He sat out a 12-point win over Clemson, when Maryland improved to 13-5, 2-3 in the conference.

In Morris' absence, Holden got his first start against Clemson, and responded with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound player from Red Bank, N.J., scored 17 points and had three three-pointers in the win over Wake Forest, and made nine of his 13 field-goal attempts in a 2-0 week.

While Maryland moved up two spots to No. 22 in the Top 25 yesterday, a fourth straight loss dropped North Carolina (11-8, 2-3) out of the rankings for the first time since the 1990-91 preseason poll.

Next for Terps

Opponent: North Carolina (11-8, 2-3 ACC)

When: Tomorrow, 7 p.m.

Where: Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

TV/Radio: ESPN/WBAL (1090 AM)

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