Maryland freshman guard Darryl Morsell suffered a slight hamstring strain during the Terps' 76-45 win against Jackson State Nov. 20 and is considered day-to-day, according to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.
Morsell got hurt about halfway through the first half. Morsell stole the ball from Jackson State senior guard Charles Taylor Jr. and started a fast break the other way. But Morsell had to pull up with his hamstring tugging at him, and then committed a foul that halted play. He tried to limp off the court but instead sat down next to the scorer's table and waited for attention.
Morsell was helped to the end of the Terps' bench, where he stayed for a few minutes before eventually limping to the locker room while favoring his right leg. Morsell came out of the locker room for the second half but stayed on the bench.
"I was worried; I was concerned because he's a tough kid," Turgeon said. "He'll twist an ankle and just tighten the strings up and keep playing, so I was a little concerned. He told me at halftime he wanted to play. I don't know if he could have, but he said he wanted to. Four days will help, but he's pretty important to us. We've got to get him back."
Maryland's next game is against St. Bonaventure in the Emerald Coast Classic Nov. 24, part of a stretch in which the Terps will play three games in four nights.
Morsell has quickly become a vital cog on both ends of the court for Maryland. He has the athleticism to run the break and play above the rim, the versatility and toughness to guard multiple positions on defense and the energy to get the Terps out of a rut --
like he did against Bucknell Nov. 18
Morsell, who was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week Nov. 20 for his efforts against Butler Nov. 15 and Bucknell, is also Maryland's secondary ball-handler behind sophomore point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. Sophomore Kevin Huerter ran the point when Cowan was on the bench in the second half.
"We've had a lot of people hurt over the last couple years," Huerter said, "and when you see a guy come up limping, I think anyone would worry about him right away. I didn't know if it was a cramp or something more. Right now, he's in good spirits. I think he'll be alright for us."
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