While the Maryland basketball team still is waiting to see if it will add players for tonight's game, Navy announced it is losing one.

Maryland (5-2) practiced yesterday for its game tonight at 8 against South Carolina at Cole Field House with Keith Gatlin and Tony Massenburg working with the first group of seven players. Gatlin and transfer Rodney Walker had not practiced until last week while trying to meet Coach Bob Wade's academic requirements.

Massenburg had practiced but was not allowed to play in the first seven games. Gatlin and Massenburg worked yesterday with the group that included Derrick Lewis, Brian Williams, Rudy Archer, Steve Hood and Teyon McCoy.

"I have no comment," Wade said when asked if Gatlin, Massenburg or Walker would play tonight.

The Midshipmen will be without 6-foot-9 freshman center Darren Morningstar tonight when they play the University of Toledo in the first round of the Toledo Blade Classic. The Naval Academy announced yesterday that Morningstar has been suspended indefinitely for administrative reasons.

Navy sports information director Tom Bates released a statement that read: "Coach Pete Herrmann indicated that because of administrative action at the Naval Academy, center Darren Morningstar will not play in the Toledo Blade Classic. This is an administrative matter and not related to basketball. As a matter of policy, the Naval Academy does not discuss administrative matters involving Midshipmen."

Bates would not comment further, but a source indicated that the matter did not involve drugs or any breach of the law.

Herrmann said by telephone from Toledo that he was told of the situation about a week ago, so his team has practiced a couple times without Morningstar.

Morningstar, who was the Washington state high school scoring champion last year while playing for Stevenson High, had started all five games this year and was averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds.

"His absence is obviously going to take its toll," Herrmann said. "He was the third-leading scorer. He will be missed.

"For the last few years, our offense has revolved around bigger players. I don't mean to say he is David Robinson, but the focus of our offense has always been inside."

Herrmann will move 6-7 forward Derric Turner to center and insert 6-5 Matt Nordmann at power forward. Sophomore Byron Hopkins, the other 6-9 player on Navy's roster, has a sore knee.

"When you don't have two 6-9 players you've got to change something," Herrmann said. "In regard to scoring, we'll have to get the ball in the hands of {Cliff} Rees and {Bobby} Jones. But we're still going to need production out of Derric."

The Gamecocks (5-1) will play at Cole Field House for the first time since they quit the Atlantic Coast Conference after the 1970-71 season. The rivalry was heated at the time, with several skirmishes and many close games. The last meeting was in the first round of the 1971 ACC tournament. South Carolina won that game, 71-63, and beat North Carolina, 52-51, in the championship game.

This South Carolina team was 5-0 before losing last week to sixth-ranked Temple, 63-50, in Philadelphia. In that game, South Carolina had trouble scoring against Temple's zone defense. Defensively, the Gamecocks tried to use their quickness to deny the entry pass to Temple's big men.

The Terrapins have not played since Dec. 12, when they lost in the last seconds to LSU. They may be without freshman Cedric Lewis, who has flu.

Elsewhere, American will meet Miami (Fla.) in the first round of the West Palm Beach Classic, with the winner to meet Purdue or Wake Forest. Howard will play North Carolina-Charlotte tonight in the WLKF Classic at South Florida. George Mason will play at St. Bonaventure.