- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 26, 2003

Seen and heard last night at Comcast Center:

FINAL BOW Guards Steve Blake and Drew Nicholas, forwards Tahj Holden and Calvin McCall and center Ryan Randle were honored during Senior Night ceremonies. Each received a framed jersey.

The traditional honor of starting seniors was an unnecessary formality given all but McCall opened regularly this season with the latter starting 11 games. Blake started his team-record 130th game.

"To see them go is going to be tough," coach Gary Williams said, "but at the same time as a coach what you like to see is guys have their careers fulfilled and I think the seniors have had great careers here."

HOME SWEET HOME The Terrapins finished 14-2 in their first season at Comcast. The Terps averaged 17,566, 3,066 more than Cole Field House capacity. Williams thought fans warmed to the new arena over the season.

"You heard the buzz all summer, 'What's it going to be like at Comcast?' " he said. "There were some people that were coming here for the games that were just sitting back and [thinking], 'I'll see if other people make it a great home court and then I'll get into it if it's really good.' Typical D.C. type crowd. Now they're into it. They realize how much better it is in terms of fans. They really like it and understand you can have a nice building and still have a great home court. You don't have to have a pit as Cole became. We all miss Cole, but we all miss a lot of things."

SCOREBOARD WATCHING Freshman guard John Gilchrist confessed to watching replays atop the large screen at Comcast.

"At the beginning of the season I was guilty of that a couple times," he said, "but the more the season goes on you don't find yourself looking up because you're trying to focus. I'm totally in tune to the team and trying to win the game and in the huddles I try to keep my eyes on Coach Williams."

FOOTBALL STARTS Spring football practice begins April 2 with the intrasquad game on April 26. Plans to begin Feb. 23 were cancelled because of poor field conditions.

Rick Snider

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