- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 14, 2004

Seen and heard yesterday at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C.:

STRAWBERRY’S STRAWBERRY — Maryland’s D.J. Strawberry hurt his right ankle when he leaped onto the second row of tables on press row trying to save a ball. The freshman guard, who had nine points and made all six of his free throws, is expected to play today. “It’s a bruise,” Terrapins coach Gary Williams said. “He should be able to play with that.”

DID HE OR DIDN’T HE? — John Gilchrist claimed he purposely missed his final foul shot with 3.7 seconds left in Friday’s 87-86 upset of Wake Forest. The ploy worked as the teams battled for the rebound and the Demon Deacons missed a 70-footer as time expired.

“I wanted to make the ball hit the rim, so we could get a scramble situation,” said Gilchrist, who had made the first free throw to give his team the lead. “We didn’t want them to be able to roll the ball up and get a good shot.”

Williams thought missing wasn’t a bad idea, but he didn’t tell his point guard to intentionally miss.

“We are not that experienced a team,” he said. “If you start messing around a little bit there, you could get in trouble.”

TWENTY YEARS AGO — The last time Maryland won the ACC title was 1984 when Len Bias scored 26 points in the title game to lead the Lefty Driesell-coached Terps to a 74-62 victory over Duke in Greensboro.

Jon Siegel

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