- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at Cole Field House:
JULIUS THE INSTIGATOR N.C. State freshman Julius Hodge had an interesting afternoon with the Maryland's student section. The forward, whose final college choices came down to the Wolfpack and the Terrapins, got normal jeers before the game. After he made the game's first basket on a 17-foot jumper, the Bronx, N.Y., product strutted downcourt as he put a finger to his lips, suggesting the crowd should be quiet. The freshman then completely missed the basket on a 3-pointer and immediately was greeted with a chorus of "air ball." It didn't stop there. After Hodge fed teammate Josh Powell on an alley-oop, he celebrated by flailing his arms in the air. Hodge finished with 12 points but fouled out after drawing a technical when he elbowed Steve Blake in the head in the final minute.
STEALING INTO THE TOP 20 Juan Dixon had four steals, giving him 311 in his career. The senior is now all alone at No.20 on the NCAA's all-time list. He passed a trio of players, including ex-George Washington star Shawnta Rogers, who had 310 steals.
PASSING VIC Gary Williams moved into sole possession of seventh place in ACC wins. Williams captured his 107th league win, passing former Duke coach Vic Bubas. The 13th-year Maryland coach needs five more ACC wins to pass Terry Holland, the former Virginia coach. Ex-North Carolina coach Dean Smith tops the list with 364 ACC wins.
Jon Siegel

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