- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 17, 2005

Last night at RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.:

KEY NUMBER

3 Consecutive games in which N.C. State has taken a 20-point lead on the Terps. Maryland erased a 21-point deficit to win in an ACC tournament semifinal last year, and the Wolfpack led by as many as 28 points in an 85-69 win last month.



QUOTABLE

“There’s going to be ups and downs this season, but you can’t get too down.”

” Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley

SEEN AND HEARD

CHEER SHEET RIPOFF: N.C. State fans distributed a cheer sheet that was a poor imitation of Duke and Maryland antics. The sheet proposed yelling “Sweat, Gary, sweat” when Maryland coach Gary Williams was upset ” just like Duke fans. They yelled “Won’t get drafted” at Terps guard John Gilchrist because Maryland fans chanted it to N.C. State forward Julius Hodge earlier this season. Fans even pretended to ignore Maryland starter introductions by reading newspapers, as Terps fans have done for years.

BRICK HOUSE: Fans behind the baskets waved “brick” signs (courtesy of a local home builder) during Maryland free throws. How long before that gimmick comes to Washington?

PINK SLIPS: It was a solemn day at RBC Center, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hours after the NHL season was canceled, arena and team employees were buzzing over layoffs.

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