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Terps gain first in ACC

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 18, 2003


COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- A strange afternoon worked out perfectly for No. 13 Maryland, which stormed past 10th-ranked Wake Forest to take over first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Steve Blake had 21 points and nine assists, and Drew Nicholas scored 19 as the Terrapins handed the Demon Deacons their most lopsided loss of the season, 90-67 Monday in a game delayed by a day because of a blizzard.

Fearing that most fans would be unable to attend because of a storm that dumped more than two feet of snow in the area, Maryland athletic director Debbie Yow spent much of the morning trying to push the game back to next month.

But the Terrapins were eager to avenge an 81-72 loss at Wake Forest last month.

"I woke up this morning and I wanted to play," Maryland guard Calvin McCall said. "When Coach said the game was on, I was excited."

Ryan Randle had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Maryland (16-6, 8-3), which took the top spot in the ACC from Wake Forest (17-4, 7-3).

The Demon Deacons, who led the nation in rebounding differential (plus 12.5), were outrebounded for the first time this season 44-24.

"The weather (delays) made a lot of difference," Wake Forest center Eric Williams said. "It took a toll on us."

NO. 3 TEXAS 77, TEXAS TECH 65: Brandon Mouton hit five 3-pointers in the first half for the Longhorns (18-4, 9-2 Big 12), who are 12-0 at home. The Red Raiders (14-8, 4-7) played without benched guard Andre Emmett, the Big 12's leading scorer.

Emmett and forward Nick Valdez didn't play after teammates voted to bench them because of a poor effort against Oklahoma. Coach Bob Knight said he didn't know when they would return.

Mouton finished with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. T.J. Ford added 15 points and seven assists as Texas won for the 12th straight time over the Red Raiders.

NO. 23 UTAH 86, UNLV 80 (OT): Tim Frost scored 22 and converted a pair of three-point plays in overtime as the host Utes won their Mountain West-record eighth straight conference game. Tim Drisdom was 4-for-4 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line as the Utes (20-4, 8-1) made eight free throws in a row in the last minute. UNLV's Marcus Banks made two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to force OT. The Rebels are 15-8, 4-5.

State

B-CC 57, MD.-EASTERN SHORE 48: Pape Ba scored 14 for the visiting Wildcats (6-16, 5-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Maryland-Eastern Shore is 3-20, 3-11.

LIPSCOMB 87, STETSON 64: The visiting Hatters (6-17) made their first fours shots in the second half to lead by seven, but the Bison (8-19) went on a 29-7 run in the last nine minutes.

Gators drop to No. 7

A loss at Tennessee dropped Florida from No. 4 to No. 7 and Arizona was No. 1 in the poll for the fourth time in five weeks. Kentucky is second, its highest ranking since No. 2 in 1996.

ACC

CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Point guards Blake and Clemson's Edward Scott were honored. Blake scored Maryland's final seven points in a victory over FSU. Scott averaged 23.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in two games.

CLEMSON: Power forward Chris Hobbs, 6-7 and 245 pounds, is considering trying out as a tight end after basketball season. He last played football in middle school.

Nation

Martin admitted he gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Webber and other former Wolverines. Martin, 69, had been expected to testify in Webber's case. But he died Friday

Webber, his father and aunt were indicted on charges of lying to a federal grand jury about his dealings with Martin in 1988-93. Federal prosecutors may not be able to use Martin's grand jury testimony in Webber's trial, scheduled to begin July 8, because Webber's lawyer would be unable to question Martin, legal experts said.

Weather-related postponements

MIAMI AT PROVIDENCE: Rescheduled for 7:30 tonight because of concerns for fan safety and to keep the streets clear.

PITT AT GEORGETOWN: Rescheduled, 7 tonight.

VILLANOVA AT SETON HALL: No makeup date has been set.

FAMU AT HOWARD: The men's and women's games were rescheduled for tonight.

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