Kevin Green, it appears, is not going to break the career basketball scoring record (2,199) at Loyola College set by Jim Lacy from 1945-49.
Green had 16 points yesterday as Loyola beat Fairfield, 74-58, running his career total to 2,099. Loyola, which has four straight wins, has two games left, with La Salle Wednesday and Iona Saturday, both at home, and then its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament in Albany, N.Y., March 5-8.
"We'd have to win the tournament [three games] for Kevin to break the record," says Loyola athletic director Joe Boylan.
Says coach Tom Schneider: "Whether he breaks the record or not, Kevin has had a great career here and he's a great individual."
What impressed me yesterday about Kevin, the individual, was the way, in the final minute, when Schneider left him in to close the gap on Lacy, the Dunbar High grad passed off to open teammates who had played little all year.
"Give somebody else a chance," the soft-spoken Green said with a shrug. You have to love the guy for that.
* Phil Lohrey, one-time University of Baltimore wrestling coach, says Saturday's Army-Navy contest at Annapolis was a sight to behold:
"Alumni Hall was packed with 2,300 spectators," he says, "and both academies had bands there. The heavyweight match was going to decide the winner, and the two bands played simultaneously before the match. The plebe from Navy [Dan Hicks] decisioned the plebe from Army [Bill Sjolinder] and Navy won [22-18]. It was a great event to watch."
* Hofstra, which ended Towson State's 10-game basketball winning streak Saturday (89-87), has the most quotable coach in the country in Butch Van Breda Kolff. Says VBK, who once coached Princeton (with Bill Bradley) and the Lakers:
"You tell young athletes about a Bill Bradley and how hard he worked and they don't want to hear that, but that's how he became a great player. He was quite limited in physical skills but he was an unbelievable worker.
"That's very, very rare today. They don't want to be told things like how to play without the ball, screen, do things like that. They want to talk about spinning and dunking."
* Joe Durham, the ex-Oriole who's now a Hagerstown Suns coach, says the playing field there, which is the responsibility of the city, is the worst-kept in Double-A ball. Imagine how bad it'll be now that the O's have announced the club is leaving Hagerstown after this year. The infielders may need face masks.
* The Blast is not having a great year artistically -- the team is struggling to climb over .500 -- but home attendance is up 21 percent over last year. Owner Ed Hale's team is averaging 7,840 at the Arena and could still average above 8,000 for the first time since '89-'90.
* It looks as if Jim Gallagher, Loyola College '39, has lost his title as the oldest grad to play in a local alumni basketball game (the 73-year old will be suited up again when Greyhound alums play at Reitz Arena Saturday before the Iona game). Saturday night, before Hopkins' 85-76 win over Washington College in front of an overflow crowd of 1,311, there were 55 former Blue Jays basketballers on hand for an alumni game. Among them was Caleb Kelly Jr., Class of '33.
* College lacrosse coaches have been saying for months that Duke will be the most improved team in the country this year. Saturday coach Mike Pressler's Blue Devils demonstrated that with an impressive, though losing, 16-10 effort in a scrimmage at Hopkins.
Hopkins has not been impressive in preseason scrimmages. Says Lloyd Bunting, Lacrosse Hall of Famer who starred for Hopkins' great '50 team: "I've seen every scrimmage. Hopkins looked awful in losing to UMBC. They lost to Mount Washington. They looked a little better against Duke. I'm afraid it's going to be a long season."
* Also Saturday, Princeton's lacrosse team came to town and scrimmaged Loyola College (Loyola won, 12-11). Both teams are ranked in the top five and are expected to contend for the NCAA title. Princeton, coached by Bill Tierney and buoyed by the addition of freshman defenseman Josh Miller from Gilman, opens Hopkins' regular season here March 7. Coach Dave Cottle's Greyhounds open Sunday at Rutgers.