- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 5, 2003


Seen and heard yesterday at Comcast Center:
JUMPING JAMAR Maryland forward Jamar Smith is a leaper. Sometimes it seems like his hips are near the rim. Smith's athleticism both thrills and puzzles the Terps, though. Sometimes he sparkles, and sometimes he sputters.
The junior college transfer started slowly against Wagner but still finished with nine rebounds and six points in the Terps' 79-57 victory.
"Jamar has to understand that when he comes off the bench, he has to pick us up," coach Gary Williams said. "He's probably our quickest guy on the floor and we need that the first time, not the second time."
MATCHING THE WIZARD Guard Chris McCray tied Walt Williams' 1989 freshman record with seven steals. McCray's four turnovers trying to force plays didn't dampen Williams' praise.
"All you want is for guys to play [hard] like that," Williams said. "Everybody makes mistakes, but he stayed really active. I think all of our players weren't as active as they could have been."
McCray scored eight points with two rebounds and two assists over 21 minutes, his longest stretch this season by nine minutes.
"I've gotten my confidence back from high school," he said. "Coming in as a freshman is hard. Now I'm playing a little more comfortably and getting my shot off."
NICE FINISH Sophomore walk-on forward Darien Henry delivered a beauty of a dunk during his sole minute. The second basket of his career came off forward Mike Grinnon's assist on a fastbreak that wowed fans who stayed to the end.
FRIDGE IN THE HOUSE The biggest cheer was for Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen, who sat courtside. The standing ovation overshadowed the resumption of play.
Rick Snider


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