Last year FSU celebrated on Maryland's court. Juan Dixon made sure that didn't happen again in an 84-63 rout.
January 27, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- This time, there were no jeers. Only cheers.
Instead of sulking, Juan Dixon had reason to celebrate.
Playing one of the finest all-around games of his standout career, Dixon had 25 points, 11 rebounds and 8 steals as No. 3 Maryland defeated Florida State 84-63 Saturday.
Byron Mouton scored 18 and Chris Wilcox had 15 for the Terrapins, who won their 13th straight at home since dropping a 74-71 decision to Florida State in February.
After that game, the last-place Seminoles pumped their fists, and Florida State guard Delvon Arrington jumped onto the scorer's table as the Terrapins left the court to boos from the home crowd.
Dixon spent several hours alone in the team weight room that day, pondering the ramifications of the loss.
So, before tipoff Saturday, Maryland coach Gary Williams wrote on the board in the locker room: REVENGE.
"It's something that happened. I didn't like it," Williams said of the hostile Cole Field House crowd a year earlier. "It really helped us, the booing at the end of the game. The players heard it, too. We realized if we were going to turn it around it would have to be us."
Maryland went on to its first Final Four and is 26-5 since that defeat.
The Terrapins pulled away in the second half behind Dixon, who finished 10-for-19 from the field and tied his career high in rebounds and steals.
Dixon's eight steals -- one short of the school record -- gave him 307 for his career and made him the first player in ACC history with 1,800 points and 300 steals.
Anthony Richardson scored 14 and Monte Cummings had 13 for the Seminoles, who are 0-4 on the road in the ACC this season.
The Seminoles held the early lead, but Maryland took its first lead with 7:26 left and pulled away after halftime.
"For the first 10-15 minutes, I thought we played pretty well. I thought we did some good things, and our execution was there," Florida State coach Steve Robinson said. "But we just couldn't sustain it over the course of 40 minutes."
Not against a Maryland team bent on revenge.
"It was really important, considering what happened here last year," center Lonny Baxter said. "It was still in the back of our minds today, to come out and take care of business. We don't want to send a message, we just wanted to win."