- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 26, 2003

Seen and heard yesterday at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C.:
WELCOME BACK Maryland forward Travis Garrison is suddenly back in the rotation. After playing only two minutes in two games since losing his starting job, Garrison scored two straight baskets in the Terrapins' key first-half run. The freshman finished with seven points and two rebounds, and his consecutive buckets that cut Clemson's lead to 21-16 proved the catalyst during the 15-0 streak.
"I'm not easy on Travis," coach Gary Williams said. "He's one of those talented guys that in high school there were very few times he was pressured to play his best. Now we're trying to get him to play defense. He's learning. We probably don't win the game without him."
THE WAVE Maryland forward Drew Nicholas didn't score for nearly the first 18 minutes before getting eight points in 45 seconds for a 22-21 Terps lead.
The crowd went ballistic, knowing the Tigers had blown their chance for an upset. The fans went after Nicholas, who stood alone at midcourt waiting for play to resume after a timeout. The chants were profane and Nicholas finally responded with a simple wave.
Sometimes class speaks loudest.
ROCK 'N' ROLL II Clemson fans stole Maryland's theme song but showed no passion for it.
Unlike the Comcast Center faithful who lustily sing the intimidating lyrics of "Rock 'n' Roll II" before tipoff, the Tigers' supporters could barely be heard.
Rick Snider

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