- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at MCI Center:
COLE MEMORY Former Maryland star Steve Francis reflected on the soon-to-be-closed arena in which he starred for one season.
"The main thing I remember is playing without air conditioning," Francis said. "But the fan support was great. It was fun to be there. The first time I saw the floor I knew I wanted to play there, for Maryland."
The Silver Spring native first saw the Cole Field House floor when he was 11 years old.
TRUE BAROMETER Want to know the best indicator of how the Wizards are going to do in any given game? Just check the score at the end of the third quarter and you'll have a really good idea, especially if they are leading. This season the Wizards are 26-0 when they are leading or tied after three quarters.
EVEN-STEPHEN The Rockets are one of the few teams that have given Jordan trouble over his career. With Houston's victory it is 12-12 all time against Jordan.
MILESTONE The Rockets' Rudy Tomjanovich earned his 450th career victory as a coach.
John N. Mitchell

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