- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 20, 2004

DENVER — Maryland coach Gary Williams passed the Syracuse locker room yesterday afternoon at Pepsi Center, spotted a few reporters talking with coach Jim Boeheim and said, “Keep talking about me.”

So Boeheim did.

The two are friends from when they coached together in the Big East (Williams at Boston College from 1982 to 1986). The pair are also golfing buddies and go to the British Isles every few years to play on some of the world’s most famous courses with friends like former Seton Hall coach P.J. Carlesimo and former Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt.

Boeheim shared a golf story about Williams.

“I get him by saying, ‘You should have hit a 7 iron here,’ when he’s hitting like a 6. Then he hits a 6 and it’s long, and that’s it — he’s done for the day.”

Boeheim then recalled a classic outburst by the volatile Williams.

“A caddy quit on the second green at St. Andrews — the first time in history that ever happened,” he said of a trip to the famed Scotland course seven years ago. “[Williams] yelled at him for something. It’s like he fires [assistant coach Jimmy] Patsos during the game. Patsos just doesn’t walk off. This kid walked off. He fired him on the second green, and the caddy left.”

Not surprisingly, Williams remembers the incident differently: “The caddy was upset at somebody else,” he insisted. “It was about something else, which is the truth, unlike what Boeheim told you.”

Boeheim said Williams plays golf just as intensely as he coaches. The Terps coach claims he’s more relaxed and his counterpart agrees.

“On a scale of 100, he used to be 100,” Boeheim said. “Now he’s probably a 98.”

Strawberry ripens at line

D.J. Strawberry is among several Terps who have figured out how to shoot free throws. The guard made six of six in the ACC semifinal against Wake Forest and has hit eight of 11 since the beginning of that tournament.

“I feel more confident and am a little calmer,” said the freshman, who has improved to a 52.7 percentage at the line. “Most of the time, I rushed my free throws a little bit earlier in the season. Now I am just relaxed and going up there and shooting a regular shot.”

Strawberry made three of four foul shots in the win over UTEP, including two pressure-packed ones with 47 seconds left to give Maryland a 3-point lead.

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