- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 8, 2002

Dan Miller was greeted by boos from the fans who used to cheer him. But the Notre Dame forward left with hugs from new teammates and left his old ones and much of the crowd devastated.
The fifth-year senior, who transferred from Maryland after helping the Terrapins reach the 2000-01 Final Four, scored 17 points and made four of seven 3-pointers against the Terps yesterday. It was the latest big game for Miller, who has gone from being Maryland's sixth man to a captain for the Fighting Irish.
"It's a game I have been looking forward to for a year and half," said Miller, who had seven rebounds and played 38 minutes as Notre Dame upset No.9 Maryland 79-67. "It wasn't just another game. I just wanted to make sure I approached it like any other game."
Miller anticipated the harsh treatment from the pro-Maryland crowd. He didn't respond to the taunts and did not gloat about his personal victory. The former McDonald's All-American left College Park to pursue a bigger role and has proved comfortable handling it.
"Yeah, he has been thinking about it," Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said. "That performance, given the dynamics of the situation, really was fabulous. There is no one else that could have done that after transferring. There is no way. I always said Danny was a mentally and physically tough guy. I probably underestimated him. He was even tougher than I thought."
Miller still is friendly with several Maryland players and speaks with them on a regular basis. He only shook hands after the game but expects to talk to them again once the emotion of the game dies down.
He had a brief moment with Terps coach Gary Williams, whom he has rarely spoken with since he transferred.
"He did a lot of things he did with us," Williams said. "He shot the 3 well."
Miller, who is from Mount Holly, N.J., said the only odd moment was when he first looked at the Maryland bench and saw the uniform he wore for three seasons. In the end, he proved completely at ease in his new colors. Teammate Chris Quinn gave him a hearty embrace to celebrate Miller's sweet homecoming.
"They told me this one's for me," Miller said. "They know how much this game meant to me."
Brey loves D.C.
The Notre Dame coach couldn't walk into MCI Center without getting stopped by a security guard.
"He said, 'Don't let that man in. He was my history teacher,'" Brey said of the man, Xavier Redd. "We talked for a while. I hadn't seen him in 10 years."
Brey taught Redd at DeMatha High School in the late 1980s when he coached the junior varsity and was an assistant to Morgan Wootten. Brey, 43, grew up in Bethesda and played for Wootten before later going to George Washington and then returning to work at DeMatha for five seasons.
Most of Brey's family still lives here, and his parents, in-laws and sister were in attendance. Wootten will be on hand today to see his former pupil.
Brey is now 3-0 at MCI Center, including wins over Georgetown in his first two seasons as Notre Dame coach. The most memorable was last season's four-overtime thriller against the Hoyas.
"We just kept playing," Brey said. "We love MCI. D.C. has been great to me."
Brey has done well not only in MCI but at other area venues. When he was an assistant at Duke from 1987 to 1995, the Blue Devils won seven of eight games at Cole Field House.
New shooter
Maryland freshman forward Nik Caner-Medley started over Calvin McCall for the first time as Gary Williams sought a more experienced sixth man.
"It gives us a chance to bring in a veteran in Calvin instead of always bringing freshmen off the bench," Williams said. "I'm sure Nik was a little nervous in his first start."
Caner-Medley scored Maryland's opening and closing baskets, stripping the ball from Miller to score on a dunk with one second remaining. Caner-Medley finished with eight points, seven rebounds and four steals in 22 minutes.
"I take it as a sign of confidence," Caner-Medley said. "I didn't know what to expect [coming to Maryland]. Anytime you come into a situation, you just go to practice every day."
Caner-Medley has been pressing for more time after a strong start. He scored 12 points against The Citadel and eight against Duquesne before hitting both of his shots for four points against Indiana.


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