Krywonis takes knocks, wants more shots


Ex-Dulaney star works hard on boards at Citadel


February 27, 2002|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Romas Krywonis likes the nightly battles on the boards for The Citadel basketball team.

But the 1998-99 Baltimore County Player of the Year from Dulaney High would prefer to be involved more in the team's offense.

When asked what his biggest disappointment has been at The Citadel, the 6-foot-7, 219-pound junior power forward said: "I'd like to shoot more often. I loved those days at Dulaney when I could take any kind of shot I wanted. There's much more structure here."

"Structure" for Krywonis means sticking primarily to his bruising, blue-collar style inside and leaving the three-pointers and other fancy shots to someone else. Krywonis averages 4.9 points and 5.0 rebounds in 19.3 minutes a game.

He has started 13 of 27 games for the Bulldogs (16-11), who open play in the Southern Conference tournament tomorrow. The Citadel has never won the tournament and never been to the NCAA tournament.

Krywonis, who averaged 25.5 points at Dulaney his senior year and was a second-team All-Metro choice, has been seeing a lot of red lately because of his blue-collar habits on the court.

"I had four cuts in four nights," he said. "I split my lip one night, and the next night I was playing with stitches when I busted my head open while diving on the floor. I needed 22 stitches for my head."

Krywonis gets the itch often to score more because of nights like Feb. 16, when he scored 16 in a 95-86 loss to league power Georgia Southern on the road. He hit five of eight from the field and six of eight from the foul line.

"That was my biggest thrill here," Krywonis said.

Et cetera

Senior right-hander Justin Nash (Calvert Hall) was chosen Big Ten Pitcher of the Week last week for Penn State.

Nash tossed the first nine-inning complete game of the season for the Nittany Lions (2-2) in an 8-2 victory over Norfolk State in his first start of the season. He didn't fare as well in his second start Sunday against James Madison, losing, 11-8.

Freshman Kristen Gimmel (North Harford) and senior Bridget Young (John Carroll) have been instrumental this season in the rise of Ursinus College to the No. 1 gymnastics ranking in NCAA Division III. Ursinus has lost one of its top gymnasts this season, Amanda Busher (Friends School), who is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Freshman Mahatma Jackson (Calvert Hall) placed seventh in the 55-meter dash two weeks ago in the Atlantic 10 indoor track and field championships.

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