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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 24, 2003
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Terps keep rolling with win over Xavier

ASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - No need to beat the
buzzer this time. Maryland is off on another run in
the NCAA Tournament.
The defending national champion Terrapins, who
got a game-winning 3-pointer from Drew Nicholas
in the most exciting finish of the first round, shut
down David West early and beat Xavier 77-64 yes-
terday to reach the round of 16 for the third straight
year.
"That shot gave us a lot of confidence coming
into this game," Maryland coach Gary Williams
said. "But this was a totally different game, and we
were playing great defense and turning it into
offense."
Nicholas and Ryan Randle scored 17 points
apiece for sixth-seeded Maryland, which will play
the winner of last night's Florida-Michigan State
game in the South Regional semifinals Friday at the
Alamodome in San Antonio.
Steve Blake, the most experienced player in the
tournament, had nine points and nine assists as the
Terrapins (21-9) shot 51.7 percent (30-of-58) from
the floor.
"We're the only team in the tournament who's the
defending champs," Blake said. "We want to prove
how good we are and make a name for ourselves."
West, the three-time Atlantic 10 player of the
year, finished with 22 points and nine rebounds for
No. 3 seed Xavier (26-6), but most of it came way
too late.

"If Maryland is a sixth seed in this tournament,
man, they're the best one I've seen," Xavier coach
Thad Matta said.
Just making the NCAA Tournament was the chal-
lenge Williams gave his Terrapins this season after
losing four starters - including Lonny Baxter, Juan
Dixon and Chris Wilcox - from last year's champi-
onship squad.
The Terps came in with their lowest seed since a
No. 7 in 1996. Now, they're in the round of 16 for
the 13th time, and they want much more.
"We felt like the Sweet 16 wasn't a really high
expectation," senior Tahj Holden said. "The Final
Four isn't a really high expectation. The national
championship is our goal."
Why not when Williams has plenty of experience
left? He started four seniors with a combined record
of 12-2 in tournament games Sunday.
The Musketeers scored the first five points, but
Maryland answered with a 19-4 run and led by as
many as 20 points in the first half. Then Xavier
almost made it interesting as West, held to 2-of-8
shooting in the first half, got going in the second.
He hit the boards hard on the defensive end, start-
ed driving to the basket and got Randle, Jamar
Smith and Travis Garrison in foul trouble. West
scored nine straight points to trim the lead to 54-44
with 12:21 left.
The Musketeers kept whittling away as West
either shot or passed off to teammates who could

score. Romain Sato hit the first of two free throws at
6:06 to get Xavier to 60-57.
That was as close as they got.
Nicholas, whose fall-away 3 at the buzzer against
North Carolina-Wilmington got the Terps into this
game, answered with a 3-pointer from the top of
key.
"It was huge," Blake said. "They were making a
great run at us, putting us on our heels. Drew came
up and gave us a lot of confidence with that shot.
We just went from there."
That started Maryland on an 11-4 run, and
Smith's layup with 3:20 to go made it 71-61.
"We did a tremendous job getting back in the
game, but we weren't sharp," Matta said. "Against
Maryland, you have to be clicking every possession
of the game."
Sato finished with 17 points on 4-of-14 shooting,
and Lionel Chalmers had 12.
Xavier was trying for the school's second trip to
the regional semifinals and first since 1990. The
Musketeers shot themselves out of the game early,
hitting 28.6 percent from the floor in the first half
(8-of-28).
"We dug ourselves a grave early," West said. "We
let them get out and get going."
With the early lead, Williams was able to rest his
starters and liberally substitute from the bench,
playing 10 of his 13 players. All but two had at least
one basket in the first half.

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Maryland guard Steve Blake scored nine points and had nine assists In the Terrap-
Ins' 77-64 rout over Xavier to advance to the NCAA round of 16.

McNamara leads Syracuse in victory

BOSTON (AP) - Gerry McNamara
never took his eye off the goal. His good eye,
anyway.
Bloodied by a blow to the head that sent
him to the locker room in the second half, he
returned to hit three big 3-pointers as Syra-
cuse overcame a disastrous start and beat
Oklahoma State 68-56 yesterday.
"I don't think my right eye was working
too good," McNamara said. "So I used the
left eye to shoot. I had to concentrate a little
more."
The win achieved another goal - a berth
in the round of 16.
The Big East also came back from a shot
- to its prestige - and went 8-0 in the first
two rounds after only four of its teams were
picked for the NCAA tournament.
"Our players are playing with a chip on
their shoulders," conference commissioner
Mike Tranghese said. "No one had to say
anything to them. They felt the league was

second half until McNamara's 3-pointer
made it 40-39 with 14:26 left.
He was hit as he shot, left the game, and
returned with a bandage above his nose. He
went back into the game with 8:36 to go and
Syracuse leading 47-43, and hit a 3-pointer
that made it 50-43.
Coach Jim Boeheim wanted him back
even sooner - and told that to Syracuse per-
sonnel on the bench - as sixth-seeded Okla-
homa State (22-10) took a 43-40 lead a
minute after his departure.
"I'm not very patient with medical peo-
ple," Boeheim said. "If he can walk, he's get-
ting back in the game."
McNamara and Carmelo Anthony, two of
Syracuse's three talented freshmen, each
missed all six of their shots in the first half.
But McNamara finished with 14 points and
Anthony added 13.
McNamara hit three 3-pointers in the last
8:08, giving Syracuse leads of 50-43, 59-50

coach Eddie Sutton said. "The last half may
have been one of the worst we've had all sea-
son."
Searching for a way to get back in the
game, Boeheim shifted to "a desperation
press" on defense. It worked as the Orange-
men scored the last seven points of the half
to trail by six.
Oklahoma State could have had a much
bigger lead if it didn't commit 13 turnovers
and miss 17 of 30 shots in the half.
"We just didn't convert easy baskets," said
Melvin Sanders, who did a decent job guard-
ing Anthony. "We ended up with 22
turnovers."
Syracuse freshman Billy Edelin, who is
overshadowed by Anthony and McNamara,
had two outstanding halves - scoring 12
points in the first and eight in the second for
a game-high 20.
The Cowboys were led by Ivan McFarlin
with 14 points and Victor Williams, whose

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