- The Washington Times - Monday, March 15, 2004

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

A MAGIC MOMENT — Maryland coach Gary Williams called the title game victory one of the most gratifying of his 26-year career.

Williams recalled only the national championship game defeat of Indiana in 2002 as being more significant but also remembered another important victory in his program’s development.

“But the day we beat Georgetown when Joe Smith and Keith Booth were freshmen [in 1993-94] was pretty special. That was our first game off of sanctions. To be able to play on television and qualify for the NCAA tournament meant a lot to us.”

GRINNON TIME — Maryland forward Mike Grinnon played a total of three minutes in the previous 17 games before playing 10 minutes yesterday because of Nik Caner-Medley’s foul trouble and D.J. Strawberry’s sprained ankle. The only player left from the 2002 national title team held his own and hit two vital free throws in overtime.

“I am just happy to be part of it and come through like I did,” the junior said. “I wasn’t shocked. Coach always tells you to get ready. You never know when you are going to get your opportunity. Today was my opportunity.”

Jon Siegel

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