- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 23, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at Comcast Center:
LUCKY 13 Maryland didn't wait until the final seconds to play reserves in the blowout. They were part of the 14-0 run midway through the second half that extended the Terrapins' lead to 76-47.
Seldom-used guard Andre Collins (eight points) and forwards Mike Grinnon (three) and Darien Henry (two) combined for 18 minutes as all 13 Terps played.
"It's hard for those guys because they've been dominant high school players and to have a different role this year has been very difficult," coach Gary Williams said. "But it's really going to help them for next year when they get more of an opportunity.
"I wanted to give Andre a chance to play because he's been playing really well in practice. Its nice to see somebody get a chance and come through like Andre did for us."
NO LUCKY BOUNCES Guard Drew Nicholas misses the intense atmosphere of Cole Field House, but the Terps' leading scorer found the rims at Comcast much more forgiving.
"I didn't like Cole's rims at all," Nicholas said. "They were stiff. Hit the rims and you didn't have much of a chance. Here, anything that hits the rim has a chance to go in."
Nicholas also found a welcoming sign in the crowd. "My friend has a crush on Drew," has been a regular banner in the student section. Nicholas has yet to meet the young woman, though.
"My friends ask me about it all the time," he said.
CELEB SIGHTINGS Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge watched from courtside. Former Terps Brad Davis and Walt Williams were honorary captains.
LATE START The game began five minutes late after North Carolina needed 1 hours to travel from the Watergate Hotel because of snow removal on the roads.
Rick Snider


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