- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 18, 2004

Seen and heard last night at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta:

OLD FRIENDS — Former Maryland coach Bud Millikan attended the game. The Terrapins’ coach from 1950 to 1967, who now lives in nearby Stone Mountain, Ga., was current Maryland coach Gary Williams’ mentor when the latter played guard for the Terps. Meanwhile, former Maryland center Lonny Baxter dined with the team on Friday night. Baxter now plays for the Toronto Raptors, who played Atlanta last night.

NUMBERS GAME — Four Terps are among the ACC’s top five players who have most increased their scoring over last season. Guard John Gilchrist (14.2 points) is tops with 9.8 points more this year while center Jamar Smith (14.9) is second at 9.0 points and forward Nik Caner-Medley (14.8) third at 8.9. Wake Forest’s Eric Williams (17.2) is fourth at 8.4 and Maryland guard Chris McCray (10.6) fifth at 7.5.

THEY’VE GOT SPIRIT — There’s usually something big happening when Maryland visits Georgia Tech. Last year the NBA All-Star game paralyzed Atlanta. This time there were 18,000 cheerleaders from 800 schools in 34 states for the Cheersport National Championship. Let’s just say the streets were a lot cheerier this time.

BOTTLED BLOND — Center Will Bowers is sporting a new hairstyle. The 7-foot-1 freshman has traded his dark locks for blond, but no word on whether he’s having more fun.

Rick Snider

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