- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 8, 2005

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Maryland freshman forward James Gist is questionable for tomorrow’s game against Clemson in the first round of the ACC tournament after bruising his knee.

Gist was injured Monday when he dived for a loose ball in practice. Team doctor J.J. Bush said there was no ligament damage. Gist is considered day-to-day.

“We will evaluate his progress over the next two days and determine whether he will be able to play in the ACC tournament,” coach Gary Williams said in a statement yesterday.

Losing Gist would be significant for the Terrapins, who have been unable to stop Clemson center Sharrod Ford. The Suitland native averaged 24.5 points and 10 rebounds in two victories over Maryland this season.

Gist (6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds) had a career-high 18 points against Virginia Tech on Saturday in his second start of the season. With forwards Travis Garrison and Ekene Ibekwe slumping at the end of the regular season, the Terps needed Gist to provide more inside scoring.

“Hopefully, that’s our future,” guard Chris McCray said of Gist. “He did all the little things [against Virginia Tech] ” rebounds, blocked shots and made free throws.”

Gist was one positive Williams saw in the current three-game losing streak.

“For a freshman to play like that is good to see,” Williams said. “That helps me get through this.”

Rick Snider

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