Top Terp: Dixon surpasses Bias' career scoring record

29-point day makes guard No. 1 on UM list with 2,172

Ncaa Tournament

March 18, 2002|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

WASHINGTON -- The moment came with 4:09 left in the first half, and Juan Dixon was too busy sizing up Wisconsin to notice.

All season, Dixon had been chasing the late Len Bias on the University of Maryland's all-time scoring list. When Dixon made his first three-pointer yesterday to give the Terps a 32-25 lead in an 87-57 rout of the Badgers, he had reached 2,150 career points and stood alone.

"Coming into this school, a lot of people knocked Coach [Gary] Williams for recruiting me. I had a lot of critics," Dixon said. "I had a gift of putting the ball through the hoop, and I just kept working on it and kept trying to have fun doing it for four years. It's a tremendous feeling and a great accomplishment."

In his last college performance in front of a local crowd, Dixon converted 10 of 19 shots, and made four of his last five three-point attempts to finish with 29 points. For the weekend, Dixon made 20 of 36 shots and scored 58 points. For his career, he has scored 2,172 points. Dixon also eclipsed Bias' school record for career NCAA tournament points, scoring 197 in his four trips.

"Guys should keep shooting as high as they can go. Juan certainly has set high goals, and he's reached them," Williams said. "The thing is, Juan still isn't satisfied. He's always trying to figure out ways to get better."

Dixon also showed a sense of history. When told by a Washington television reporter to "forget Len Bias, you are the scoring champion," Dixon bristled.

"We can't forget Len Bias," Dixon said. "He was a great player and a great person. Even though I didn't know him personally, I've heard a lot about him from [Terps assistant] coach Dave Dickerson, who was one of his teammates."

All-time UM scorers

Player ...................... Years .................. Pts.

1. Juan Dixon .......... 1999-02 ............. 2,172

2. Len Bias .............. 1983-86 ............ 2,149

4. Albert King ........... 1978-81 ............. 2,058

3. Adrian Branch ...... 1982-85 ............. 2,017

5. John Lucas .......... 1973-76 .............. 2,015

6. Tom McMillen ....... 1972-74 .............. 1,807

7. Keith Booth .......... 1994-97 .............. 1,776

8. Johnny Rhodes .... 1993-96 .............. 1,743

9. Terence Morris ..... 1998-01 .............. 1,733

10. Walt Williams ..... 1989-92 ............... 1,704

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