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Maryland guard Darryl Morsell undergoes surgery for fractured bone in face, expected to miss 1-2 weeks

Maryland men’s basketball guard Darryl Morsell underwent surgery for a fractured bone in his face and is expected to miss one to two weeks, the team announced Friday.

Morsell, a senior who played high school basketball at Mount Saint Joseph, suffered the injury toward the end of the first half of Thursday night’s 84-73 loss to No. 16 Michigan at Xfinity Center. He took an inadvertent shot from Wolverines guard Franz Wagner in the paint. The ESPN broadcast showed a visible dent on the left side of Morsell’s face.

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Morsell left the game and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said team doctors did not allow Morsell to reenter the game. Morsell rejoined his teammates on the bench in street clothes for the second half and often held an ice pack to his left cheek. After the game, he went to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for further evaluation.

Morsell is averaging 7.7 points per game this season, but more importantly, he is the team’s top perimeter defender and has been asked to guard bigger players as Maryland has shifted toward smaller lineups.

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Maryland (6-4, 1-3 Big Ten) has upcoming games against Indiana, No. 10 Iowa and No. 15 Illinois over the next two weeks.

“Everything changed when Darryl got hurt. Everything changed,” Turgeon said after the game. “We were a thin team before, we became even thinner.”

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