- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Maryland coach Gary Williams wanted to see if the Terrapins could handle a taller opponent. Instead, outside shooting proved Maryland’s undoing.

The Roanoke Dazzle used 12 3-pointers to beat Maryland 81-72 last night in an exhibition at Comcast Center. It was Maryland’s first exhibition loss since 1993 to an Australian all-star team.

“There’s nobody upset or worried — it’s an exhibition game,” Williams said. “Every team in the country has to work on things. … To ask [Maryland] to play guys that are 28 years old, that’s tough. You couldn’t do better than that game to learn some things.”

The National Basketball Development League team overcame a 16-2 opening deficit to lead 58-57 with 11:05 remaining. Former Virginia guard Curtis Staples led Roanoke with 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Center Jamar Smith’s 19 points topped Maryland.

Maryland wanted to use its final tuneup before opening against visiting American on Saturday for solidifying combinations. However, center Will Bowers and forward Ekene Ibekwe started over Smith and Travis Garrison, respectively, when the latter two were withheld five minutes for arriving late to a team meeting. Still, Maryland held Roanoke scoreless on its first 12 possessions.

Roanoke’s height advantage and experience finally wore down Maryland during a 37-16 second-half run that gave the Dazzle a 76-63 lead with 3:11 remaining.


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