- The Washington Times - Monday, March 18, 2002

As he has so many times in the last four seasons, Maryland's Juan Dixon gathered himself for his pure jump shot behind the 3-point arc late in the first half of yesterday's second-round game against Wisconsin. The shot was vintage Dixon: He had good balance, a sweet release and perfect rotation on the ball before it splashed through the net.
But the shot was hardly like any other it was one no Maryland player had ever made.
With the 3-pointer from the left wing 4:05 before halftime, Dixon punctuated his bountiful list of personal milestones yesterday by becoming Maryland's all-time leading scorer, passing Len Bias, who amassed 2,149 points in his illustrious career in College Park from 1983 to '86.
"It's a great accomplishment, especially considering my situation. Coming to Maryland, a lot of people knocked Gary Williams for recruiting me," Dixon said. "I just wanted to go out there and prove a lot of those critics wrong. I just went out there and worked hard for the last four years."
Dixon chalked up his second straight magnificent game yesterday, pouring in 29 points two days after torching Siena for 29. He finished the game with 2,172 points overall, and his 197 points in NCAA tournament play broke another school record, also held by Bias.
Dixon drew within seven points of the record with Friday's effort. Yesterday, he made his second attempt at the 16:31 mark, then missed two straight attempts and didn't take another shot from the field for the next 10:55. He knocked down two free throws with 6:50 left in the first half to get within two points of the record.
Dixon broke the record in his 137th game, needing just six more games than Bias. Dixon averages 19.9 points this season and 15.9 for his career. Bias averaged 16.4 points for his career and 23.2 his senior season, when he was a nearly consensus All-American.
"I didn't get a chance to watch Len Bias play much, but I know he was a great player," Dixon said.
Earlier this season, Dixon became the first player in ACC history to rack up 1,800 points and 300 steals. He is the only player in NCAA history to accumulate at least 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 3-pointers.

Long time to wait
Until this season, Connecticut junior Tony Robertson was a heavily utilized reserve. Robertson's stretch as a reserve is second in UConn history in both minutes and games. He played in 65 games and a total of 1,260 minutes in his first two seasons before making a start in the season opener against Vanderbilt, scoring 16 points.
Yesterday, the 6-foot-2 guard from Providence, R.I., was a big reason why the Huskies beat N.C. State to advance to the Sweet 16. Entering the game, Robertson averaged 11 points. He bettered that in the first half alone, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Robertson finished with 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting.
With UConn trailing 20-17 with 9:38 left before halftime, he scored all of the Huskies' points in a 10-0 run including back-to-back 3-pointers that lasted 2:23.
"I was able to score under pressure," Robertson said. "I was in the wide-open court, and I got a couple of easy layups. They left me open for a couple of 3-pointers, and I was able to hit. I took advantage of what the defense gave me."
Robertson excelled at both ends of the floor. His defense in the first half on Anthony Grundy, N.C. State's leading scorer, was key. Grundy entered the game averaging 17.8 points, but Robertson's tight coverage held Grundy to three points on 1-for-8 shooting in the first half. Grundy finished with 17 points, most of which came after UConn coach Jim Calhoun switched defenders on Grundy.

Refs are human, too
While a referee's whistle may have affected the game's outcome, N.C. State senior guard Anthony Grundy knows it's a thankless job. In what turned out to be Grundy's final game in a Wolfpack uniform, he was sympathetic to what referees go through.
"Myself, I kept playing until I saw the referee stop the play," Grundy said. "It happens in basketball. Referees are human just like us. They're going to make mistakes, or they're going to make the right call. You just have to live with it and accept it."

Good answer
When asked what it means to be Wisconsin's all-time leader in career games played at 128, Badgers forward Charlie Wills replied, "I'm always sore."


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