- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 19, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:

BELTWAY BLUES — There were patches of empty red seats as the game began because of the early start and rush-hour traffic. Maryland prefers to start weekday home games at 8 p.m. to avoid added traffic as night school begins at 7 p.m., but began earlier for television.

SIGN OF TIMES — The new politically correct Maryland students have taken a new approach to opponents. One sign read “Go to Heck Georgia Tech.”

THE ADAMS (BASKETBALL) FAMILY — New Washington Mystics coach Mike Adams played in college for Gary Williams at Boston College in the early 1980s. The Maryland coach believes it is a good move for his former player to be on a WNBA bench.

“You look at [former Detroit star Bill] Laimbeer and those guys. It certainly hasn’t hurt their career to coach in the WNBA,” Williams said.

Adams’ former coach also expects his pupil to add a new wrinkle to the women’s game. “You look at that league and all of a sudden Michael comes out there with some pressure defense or something,” Williams said. “It is going to be interesting.”

LEWIS’ SENIOR MOMENT — Georgia Tech senior guard Marvin Lewis made his final visit as a college player to his home state. The Germantown resident played for Stu Vetter at Montrose Christian in Rockville. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard has averaged 11.9 points and made 43.1 percent of his 3-pointers in conference play before last night.

Jon Siegel

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