Seen and heard yesterday at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta:
RYAN’S HOPE Maryland reserve center Ryan Randle quickly is becoming a major asset. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound junior college transfer blocked a layup attempt by Marvin Lewis with just over a minute to play to preserve a four-point lead. The Texas product finished with five rebounds while playing just nine minutes. Randle played well after Lonny Baxter got into foul trouble in the first half, and the reserve held his own in the second half.
“He was great,” Maryland coach Gary Williams said. “He had a great block at the end of the game. He’s earning playing time. I have to figure out how to get him and Lonny on the court at the same time sometimes.”
PASSING THE POLITICIAN Juan Dixon moved into fifth place on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with his 26-point effort. The senior shooting guard needed 11 points to pass former Terps star and former Congressman Tom McMillan, who had 1,807 points from 1971 to ‘74. Dixon has 1,823 points. John Lucas (1973-76) is fourth on the list with 2,015.
ALMOST PERFECT Dixon has been “money” from the foul line. The smooth shooter made seven of eight free throws, and has made 90 percent (54 of 60) on the season. Maryland’s Mr. Automatic made all four of his second-half free throws in the final 10 seconds to ice the win.
A SECOND-ROW ASSIST Former Maryland point guard Greg Manning cheered the Terps on from the second row behind the Terps bench. Manning is the athletic director at Georgia State, where former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell leads the basketball team.