- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 21, 2001

Chris Wilcox now has an outside shot. Lonny Baxter showed flashes of his MVP performance at the NCAA West regional last season. And Ryan Randle suggested he might be ready to help Maryland run toward a second consecutive Final Four this season.
The Terrapins held their annual red-white men's basketball scrimmage yesterday morning at Cole Field House. Maryland has a compact preseason schedule before opening against Arizona on Nov. 8 at Madison Square Garden.
Wilcox spent most of the morning playing alongside the returning four starters, including preseason All-American guard Juan Dixon.
Wilcox displayed newfound range from the top of the key and the corner, though it probably won't be a large part of his game as the 6-foot-10 sophomore battles junior Tahj Holden for the only open spot in the starting lineup at power forward.
In addition, the Terps, a consensus top-five pick in preseason polls, may have found another big man to come off the bench in Randle.
"He's done a good job," coach Gary Williams said of the transfer from Allegany College in Cumberland, Md. "He's a big person. He's 6-9, 260. Losing [seniors] Mike [Mardesich] and Terence Morris, we need another big guy. He's shown he can play with our inside guys."
The inside-out game of Dixon and Baxter looked sharp for this stage. The senior guard showed he can draw the defense on the wing and dish to Baxter low, where the 6-8 senior center can utilize his nimble moves and soft touch around the basket.
"He's built a little better," Williams said of Baxter's offseason conditioning. "The weight [260] is the same; the shape is a little different."
The game ended with a bit of intensity when point guard Steve Blake was blocked on an entry pass and got so frustrated that he kicked the ball 15 rows into the stands, drawing a technical.
The junior did close with a flourish. He brought the ball downcourt slowly with less than 10 seconds left and his team down by two. The assist specialist pulled up from just past the top of the key and drained a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left. Dixon missed a halfcourt shot off a designed curling pass to end the scrimmage.
Maryland's only exhibition game will be Nov. 3 at Cole.

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