- The Washington Times - Monday, February 3, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at Comcast Center:
THE SIREN Among the handful of Loyola fans was a young woman who shrieked when the Terrapins were at the foul line. It worked the first two times before students started heckling her.
"I didn't hear her, but I heard the crowd telling her to shut up," said center Ryan Randle, who missed his first of two foul shots when the fan yelled. "It didn't bother me. Coach [Gary Williams] does the same thing at practice. He screams to see if we lose our concentration."
EMPTY SEATS There were wide gaps in the student section for the first time this season, especially behind both baskets, despite the crowd of 17,578. The rare nice weather must have lured some students outside.
"Once in a while you get reminded you're in a metropolitan area," Williams said.
YAWN The crowd had trouble getting up for the expected rout. The chants were lukewarm. The traditional "Rock 'n' Roll, Part II" lacked any energy. The only passionate fan waved a sign, "My friend has a crush on Drew [Nicholas]."
Rick Snider

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