NORFOLK, FEB. 6 -- The Maryland Terrapins ran short of crutches for all their injured bodies, but they stood up to several surges by Old Dominion and walked out of the Scope tonight with a 70-65 victory in front of 10,253.
Maryland played without sophomore guard Steve Hood, who sprained his left ankle Friday night and walked onto the court tonight with the help of crutches. Hood, whose foot was in a special boot to relieve the pressure on the ankle, had to walk to the locker room at halftime without crutches. That was because freshman center Brian Williams sprained his left ankle with 12:10 left in the first half. After trainer Bill Saylor and Coach Bob Wade looked at Williams, he was helped to the bench. Then, with about a minute left in the half, Williams borrowed Hood's crutches (though they were a bit short) and hobbled to the locker room. He was taken to nearby Norfolk General Hospital for X-rays.
After the game, the team bus picked up Williams at the hospital. A hospital spokesman declined to detail Williams' condition.
"It's unreal," said Wade of the injuries. "I thought we had done a good job avoiding Old Man Injury. But now they're coming in bunches."
Hood said he thought there was a "50-50 chance" that he would be able to play Monday night against Georgia Tech at Cole Field House.
The Terrapins (12-6) will take a two-game winning streak into the game against the Yellow Jackets, who beat De Paul, 71-70, Saturday when freshman Dennis Scott hit a three-point shot at the buzzer.
Maryland's victory here was not that close, but it was close enough.
The Terrapins led most of the game, but Old Dominion (14-7) led by as much as five in the second half, and had a 54-50 lead with less than seven minutes to go. But a 7-0 spurt gave the lead back to Maryland and another 7-0 spurt sealed the victory.
"I was very pleased with that," Wade said of the Terrapins' stand in the face of the Monarch run. "We did a lot of talking at halftime. We had done a poor job pressuring the ball and we did a better job in the second half. We stopped their second and third shots and we executed real well."
Old Dominion Coach Tom Young, who is a 1958 Maryland graduate, had talked before the game about just staying close. But when the smoke cleared and the game was over, Young was disappointed that his team had not come through with the upset.
"We were up 54-50 and we made some bad turnovers," Young said. "I told them that we walk out of here with our heads high because we played a good ball game. But when you lose that close, it's tough. We had a legitimate chance to beat their tails and we let them out of here with a 'W.' That irritates me."
Derrick Lewis led Maryland with 18 points and Rudy Archer had 15. Keith Gatlin, who hit three-point shots in both of the 7-0 runs, had 13 points. Baltimore's Bernard Royster gave Maryland fits in the second half and finished with 19 points for Old Dominion, which also got 18 from Anthony Carver.
Just before Williams was injured, Lewis had dunked off a lob feed from Dave Dickerson to begin a 7-2 run that gave the Terrapins their biggest lead of the game, 19-10.
The Monarchs cut the lead to 24-22 with 5:10 left in the half. Though they have more weapons this season than last, the Terrapins still go to Lewis -- and Lewis goes harder to the ball -- when they need a basket. He got himself open for a dunk to momentarily stop the Old Dominion surge. Then, after Carver had cut the lead to 30-29, Lewis scored with 40 seconds left to put Maryland ahead, 32-29, at the half.
"With Brian out, we lost a lot of rebounding, and some scoring and defense," Lewis said. "This was the first time I played the whole game and I knew I had to stay out of foul trouble."
Dickerson, who hadn't started since the fourth game of the season, started at small forward with Hood out. Dickerson scored twice to open the second half and give Maryland what would be its largest lead of the half, 36-29.
After Carver and Lewis traded baskets, the Monarchs outscored Maryland, 8-0. Carver started and finished the run with 17-footers, and Old Dominion had its first lead, 39-38, with 13:17 left in the second half.
Tony Massenburg, who is from nearby Sussex, Va., had got two of his 10 points to end the Old Dominion run, but Royster then came up with back-to-back three-point plays for a 45-40 Monarchs lead with 11:42 left.
The Monarchs led, 54-50, with 6:45 left when Archer scored. Lewis dunked and, after a timeout, Gatlin hit a three-pointer for a 57-54 Maryland lead.
Carver cut the deficit to 59-58 with 2:56 left, but Gatlin answered again with a three-pointer. Archer hit once more and Teyon McCoy made two free throws for a 66-58 lead.
"The difference was Keith Gatlin," Archer said. "We didn't have that much going. They were sagging on Derrick, and Keith hit some good shots."
In the last two games, the Terrapins have made those shots and made those plays down the stretch.
"Now, as opposed to say December," said Lewis, "we feel more comfortable. We lost at LSU and at Missouri, but now we're starting to hold on to our composure in close games."