- The Washington Times - Monday, December 3, 2001

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
WHERE IS EVERYBODY? The arena was barely half full as the Maryland game started. While one side of MCI quickly filled up with Terps' faithful, the stands behind the players' benches were scattered throughout the afternoon. Perhaps playing the game the same afternoon the Dallas Cowboys were visiting the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens also played host to a game with playoff implications had an effect.
DISHING 500 Steve Blake's eight assists give him 504 in his career. The junior point guard is one of only four players in Terps' history to record 500 dishes, and is easily on pace to become the program's all-time leader. Keith Gatlin (1984-88) has the record with 649. Terrell Stokes (1996-99) is second with 590, while John Lucas totaled 514 assists from 1973 to '76.
STEALING ON UP Juan Dixon's six steals give him 258 in his career and moved him into sixth place all-time in ACC history, passing Duke's Jim Spanarkel, who had 253 steals from 1976 to 1979.
LITTLE JOHN Princeton coach John Thompson III paced the sideline like his father, the former Georgetown coach, but that was about the only sideline similarity. The son does not wear a towel draped over his shoulder, and no expletives were heard coming from the bench. Plus, the younger Thompson is much smaller and not nearly as intimidating as "Big John."
SARCASTIC APPLAUSE There was a mock cheer when Maryland's Lonny Baxter made a free throw late in the first half, largely a response to the Terps' troubles at the line. In the second half, Drew Nicholas received another sarcastic cheer when he made a free throw with 10:36 left. The crowd gave him a standing ovation when he made the second free throw, although the reaction probably had something to do with Maryland rallying to cut Princeton's lead to six.
RIP CITY The Washington Wizards' Richard "Rip" Hamilton was on hand to watch his alma mater, Connecticut, win. Hamilton, who was a member of the Huskies' 1999 national championship team, wore a blue sweatsuit and a gray winter cap during the game.
Jon Siegel

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