Maryland holds starter search to find replacement for Booth Elliott may get the call, but Williams undecided


COLLEGE PARK -- It has been two weeks since the Maryland basketball team started practice, and yesterday was the second of the team's two Red-White scrimmages. After seeing his players go against each other, now Gary Williams is eager to see how his team fares against an opponent.

"You have to wait for the games," Williams said yesterday. "Certain guys play better in games than in practice."

The wait for Williams will be until Wednesday, when the Terrapins face Athletes in Action at Cole Field House. Yesterday a handful of fans got a chance to see Williams vary his lineups as the team played two halves. There was no final score.

At least they got to see Maryland score, something that didn't happen across the street at the football stadium. Senior forward Rodney Elliott (Dunbar High School) had 19 points and 10 rebounds in the scrimmage. Laron Profit also scored 19. Other numbers that stood out: guard Sarunas Jasikevicius had 16 points and 11 assists, freshman center Mike Mardesich had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and freshman forward Terence Morris of Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick had 10 points and nine rebounds.

With less than two weeks remaining until the start of the season, Williams is still unclear as to who will replace forward Keith Booth as a starter. Elliott, who has played well off the bench in his career, might be the choice, but Williams said he is a long way from determining that.

"Rodney plays well off the bench, and some guys are like that," Williams said. "I'd like to see Rodney start since he's a senior. I don't know yet. I do know that we'll try to be intense against other teams and keep it up. We have enough players to make that happen.

Maryland's season opener is Nov. 14 against South Carolina in Minneapolis.

Pub Date: 11/02/97

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