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Men's basketball injury update

Sophomore forward Steve Goins did not play last night because of a lingering knee injury that has kept him out of practice for much of the past two weeks. Goins underwent surgery in August to clean out some loose particles in the knee, but the pain has persisted. Maryland Coach Gary Williams said after last night's win over Indiana (Pa.) that no timetable had been set on when Goins might return to action.

"The doctors make those decisions," Williams said. "I wish I could say we’ll get him back right away, but I don’t know that. It still bothers him. He says it still hurts. So that’s where it is. I wish I could give you a more definite answer than that, but that’s where it is."

Goins absence, if prolonged, could amplify a front-court depth issue for the Terrapins in light of developments regarding junior forward Dino Gregory, who sat out last night's game because of what the team described as a violation of team rules. If Gregory misses an extended period of time, Maryland will need Goins to get healthy as soon as possible.

The 6-foot-10, 245-pound sophomore played in only four games last season, and he averaged only three minutes in those contests. Still, Goins's size alone would come in handy for the Terrapins.

As for Sean Mosley, who went down two separate times during last night's game, the sophomore guard said afterward that he was fine. He got the wind knocked out of him in the first half and then was elbowed in the throat during the second half. He resumed play following both incidents and finished tied for the game high with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

By Steve Yanda  |  November 4, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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do not want to think about the possibility of no Dino G. or no Goins. Do not know much about goins but that is a big body which could be an asset. No Dino G.? That would be devastating and make February as interesting (in a bad way) as last season. We need four contributing bigs - not including Milbourne playing out of position.

Posted by: HughGRection | November 4, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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