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Maryland men’s basketball to start Hakim Hart in place of injured Darryl Morsell at Indiana

Maryland men’s basketball sophomore guard Hakim Hart will start in place of injured senior guard Darryl Morsell for Monday night’s road game against Indiana, coach Mark Turgeon said Sunday.

Morsell, a former Mount Saint Joseph star, fractured a bone in his face during Thursday night’s 84-73 loss to No. 16 Michigan and is expected to miss one to two weeks after undergoing surgery. He took an inadvertent elbow from Wolverines guard Franz Wagner in the paint, and the ESPN broadcast showed a visible dent on the left side of his face.

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After leaving the game near the end of the first half, Morsell went to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore for further evaluation.

Turgeon said Sunday that Morsell is doing well and has been at both practices since his surgery Friday. Turgeon added that the senior’s face is still swollen but that he’s continuing to help coach the team. Morsell will not travel to Bloomington.

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Morsell is averaging 7.7 points per game this season and is the team’s top perimeter defender.

The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Hart is averaging 9.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season. He scored 32 points in a 90-57 win over visiting Saint Peter’s early last month, tied for the most by a Terps player since Melo Trimble hit that total against Northwestern in 2017.

After playing Indiana, Maryland (6-4, 1-3 Big Ten) has games against No. 10 Iowa and No. 15 Illinois over the next two weeks. Six of Maryland’s next seven games are against teams ranked or receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

MARYLAND@INDIANA

Monday, 8 p.m.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 105.7 FM, 1300 AM

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