- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Last night at Comcast Center:

KEY PLAY

There’s nothing like a good alley-oop pass to make the “SportsCenter” highlights. Guard D.J. Strawberry tossed one high to forward Nik Caner-Medley for a slam that wowed the fans. That gave Maryland a 41-31 lead with 3:41 remaining in the first half, and the Terps followed moments later with two blocked shots that left pesky Mercer reeling.

QUOTABLE

“We have to be a little more consistent offensively and defensively. It’s a matter of deciding what we want to be, how tough we want to be.”

— Terps coach Gary Williams

SEEN AND HEARD

It is a kinder, gentler Comcast Center. Profane T-shirts have given way to standard Terps gear. “Rock and Roll, Part II” has been replaced with an alternate selection by the band. Fans still rattle newspapers, pretending to ignore the opposing starting lineup and uttering commentary on their players, but it’s a bit more mellow. At least it should be until the Terps play Duke on Feb. 12. … It was inevitable — the “Protect This House” theme from football commercials with coach Ralph Friedgen has spread to courtside basketball banners.

Rick Snider

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