- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 14, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Cole Field House:
DEVILS MADE HIM DO IT Gary Williams was adamant with his players not to look ahead to Sunday's game with top-ranked Duke. But students were already gearing up for the high-powered clash. Many slept outside Cole over the weekend to be in line for tickets. One student apparently got there late and held up a sign that read "WILL WURK FOR DUKE TIX."
LAUNCHING LONNY It's a rare sight to see Lonny Baxter attempt a 3-pointer and it is easy to see why. The burly 6-foot-8 center was left alone at the top of the key late in the first half, held the ball for a second and let a trey fly. The ball clanked so hard off the rim it bounced off a Georgia Tech player, over the sideline and into the Yellow Jackets' bench. It is no surprise it was Baxter's first 3-point try of the season. Baxter, however, is three of five from long distance in his career. He made both his attempts as a freshman, and was one of two as a junior.
INCONSPICIOUS 'FRIDGE' Ralph Friedgen was in the arena, but not in the front-row seat where he often sits. The Maryland football coach, who Monday met with officials from the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers about their coaching vacancy before withdrawing his name when the media learned about the meeting, was spotted watching the game in the first half from just in front of the tunnel behind a baseline. The coach is currently dealing with a new problem as the Terps look to add another game for next season since Troy State has backed out of its game at Byrd Stadium for Sept. 28. The Alabama school paid Maryland $150,000 to get out of the deal, and will play Missouri on that date instead.
Jon Siegel


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