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Webster predicts young Morgan cubs will grow into Bear of a basketball team


Marvin Webster, who will be inducted in the State of Maryland Athletic Hall of Fame at a luncheon Feb. 17 at Martin's West, can see a ray of light in Morgan State basketball.

That's not easy to do. Morgan is 2-18, and plays host to Florida A&M; tonight.

Webster, now working in real estate in Irvington, N.J., is Morgan's all-time greatest player. Recently he came back and saw the Bears play Howard. He's convinced better things are just ahead under second-year coach Michael Holmes.

"Morgan starts four freshmen," says Webster, who was known as The Human Eraser because of his shot-blocking ability. "I saw a lot of rookie mistakes but I think he has done a lot of recruiting. Eventually, you get the right combination and things jell. I think they'll be a pretty good team."

In 1973-74 the 7-foot Webster led Morgan to the NCAA Division II championship. He played pro two years with Denver of the late ABA, and nine years in the NBA with Seattle and the New York Knicks.

Entering the Hall with Webster will be pitcher Moose Haas, soccer's Nick Kropfelder and the late ice dancing champion, Lois Waring McGean. Tickets are available from D. Chester O'Sullivan at 333-6315. The public is invited.

* Irate Orioles season-ticket holders continue to complain about seat locations in the new ballpark, but only one letter writer, Neil Dorsey of Columbia, has sent this disturbing message:

"Tell you what I'm doing -- not going to Oriole Park in Rip Off Stadium. I'm going to Frederick or watch on TV and save money. I have been a ball fan, growing up with the Brooklyn Dodgers and now the O's . . . attending these past how many years when the O's were rotten. Maybe D.C. will get a team."

* Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner Gene Corrigan will miss the league's football banquet here at the Hyatt Regency on Feb. 14. He is recuperating from successful prostate surgery. The program features all the ACC head football coaches (including Maryland's Mark Duffner), members of the all-conference team and ACC Alumnus of the Year Don McCauley, a Tar Heel who went on to play for the Colts. Tickets are available through John McGeehan of the Quarterback Club at 296-7500.

* Ed Kowalewski, who was a star for Lefty Reitz's Loyola College basketball teams in the '50s, shared my reaction after Towson State's exciting 66-64 win at Loyola this week. Said Kowalewski, who attends all Loyola home games:

"It's a shame all these local Division I teams aren't in the same conference so they could meet twice every year."

Last year I attended no basketball game anywhere more exciting than Loyola's 85-84 win at Towson State (on Tracy Bergan's short jumper with 12 seconds left). This year I've not seen a better crowd pleaser than Towson's win at the buzzer Monday at Reitz Arena. Kowalewski is right. You can't beat local rivalries.

* I've never seen an athlete who plays harder every time he suits up than Towson State guard Terrance Jacobs. If you know a youngster who wants to play basketball, take the kid to a Towson game and advise him or her, "Play just like Terrance Jacobs. If you do, every coach you ever have will love you." Towson is at home tonight (7:30) against Hofstra.

* The 4-0 Detroit Turbos, with the fabulous Gait twins, Gary and Paul, are still the best team in the Major Indoor Lacrosse League. But attendance is off in the Motor City and the franchise could be moved to Toronto or Montreal. The Detroit players are Canadians anyway.

The Baltimore Thunder (2-1) plays its next MILL game Saturday in Boston. The Thunder returns to the Arena Feb. 29 against Detroit.

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