- The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2002

Seen and heard last night at Cole Field House:
A FLASH OF HISTORY The way camera flashes were going off at the tip you might have thought Cal Ripken was breaking the record for playing in consecutive games. Thousands of lights flickered as Chris Wilcox won the final opening tap at Cole and sent it to Juan Dixon. The possession ended with Lonny Baxter making a soft, left-handed layin.
JUAN FOR TWO It took awhile, but Dixon's first field goal moved him into second place on Maryland's all-time scoring list. The senior sniper, who was the focus of Virginia's defense early on and was closely guarded by Adam Hall, missed his first five shots and didn't score until 6:40 left in the first half. Dixon got free from Hall off a baseline screen by Tahj Holden and converted a layup off a Byron Mouton feed. Dixon, who came into the game with 2,058 career points, moved past former Maryland star Albert King (1978-81). Dixon only trails Len Bias (2,149 points, 1983-86) on the all-time list. With his sixth point last night, Dixon joined Adrian Branch as the only players to score 1,000 points at Cole.
'PULL YOUR SOCK DOWN' The most creative chant of the day came with Virginia's Adam Hall at the foul line with 15:41 left in the first half. Hall had his right sock pulled up to his knee and the left one topped off just below his ankle. A handful of Maryland students began shouting "Pull your sock down" before the arena quickly picked up the chant and bellowed the phrase. Hall ignored the humor and made both free throws to tie the game at 8-8.
CAVALIER BOOKENDS It was fitting the final at Cole was against Virginia. Maryland christened the then-state-of-the-art facility with a 67-55 victory over the Cavaliers on Dec. 2, 1955. The Terps enjoyed an overall 486-151 record at Cole.
Jon Siegel


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