Feb. 27, 2002
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Maryland coach Gary Williams didn’t talk about any other team in getting the second-ranked Terrapins to play well at Florida State.
He didn’t say anything to his players about Duke losing in Tallahassee last month.
“We wanted to win this game for us,” Williams said after the 96-63 win over the Seminoles on Wednesday night. “We don’t use Duke to get ready for us to play.”
Juan Dixon scored 25 points as Maryland (24-3, 14-1) won its 11th straight game and clinched at least a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship and showed why it could well be one of the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament next month.
“They’re as good as advertised,” Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. “The way they played tonight they sure convinced me they’re playing just as good as anybody in the country.”
The Terrapins used a 16-2 run to take a 22-9 lead were never in trouble, holding leads of 30 points or more for much of the second half.
Drew Nicholas added 15 points for Maryland, which shot 55.2 percent from the field, including 9-of-16 from 3-point range, while Byron Mouton added 12 and Calvin McCall 10.
“We took this game seriously,” Williams said. “We had to be intense tonight. I thought the crowd could get into the game if we let them hang around.”
The Terrapins can clinch the ACC title outright on Sunday with a victory over Virginia in the final game at Maryland’s Cole Field House.
“We’re playing great basketball right now,” said Dixon, who was 8-of-13 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. “This is definitely the right time to peak.”
Robinson, who is winless in five home games against Maryland, was disappointed with his team’s performance.
“You don’t need to give them any advantages,” Robinson said. “They’re like racehorses. That’s exactly what they looked like getting up and down the floor.”
Florida State closes out its fourth straight losing season Saturday against Georgia Tech.