Bumps few on Terps' record road

April 02, 2002

Arizona 71, Maryland 67

Date: Nov. 8, 2001

Recap: Jason Gardner scored a game-high 23 points, including a four-point play with just over three minutes left that gave the Wildcats the lead for good, as the Terps' season got off to a disappointing start with a loss in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. Senior guard Juan Dixon led Maryland with 21 points, five assists and five steals, but played only 25 minutes because of foul trouble.

Record: 0-1

Maryland 82, Temple 74

Date: Nov. 9, 2001

Recap: Showing few ill effects from their loss to Arizona a day earlier, the Terps ended the first half with a 14-2 run and blistered the Owls' trademark matchup zone defense, shooting 59.1 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from three-point range to take the Coaches vs. Cancer consolation game. Temple point guard Lynn Greer scored 27 points and made three consecutive three-point shots to cut the Terps' lead to 78-74 with 13.6 seconds left, but the Owls fell short against a Maryland team that got 25 points from Dixon and 20 from Steve Blake, who was 6-for-7 from the field.

Record: 1-1

Maryland 83, American 53

Date: Nov. 17, 2001

Recap: Lonny Baxter scored a game-high 25 points and had nine rebounds and Dixon pitched in with a 22-point performance, as the host Terrapins routed the Eagles. Maryland scored the game's first 10 points, and led by as many as 33 early in the second half.

Record: 2-1

Maryland 77, Delaware State 53

Date: Nov. 24, 2001

Recap: The Terps had little trouble with the Hornets, coasting to victory at Cole Field House behind Baxter (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Chris Wilcox (16 points, 10 rebounds). Maryland manhandled the Hornets inside, out-rebounding them 31-7 in the second half.

Record: 3-1

Maryland 76, Illinois 63

Date: Nov. 27, 2001

Recap: Facing a serious threat to their 79-game winning streak at Cole Field House against nonconference opponents, the Terps turned aside the second-ranked Illini's challenge, thanks to a superb defensive effort and strong performances from their backcourt. Dixon had 25 points and Blake had 10 points and nine assists, easily out-dueling Illinois' heralded backcourt of Frank Williams and Cory Bradford.

Record: 4-1

Maryland 61, Princeton 53

Date: Dec. 2, 2001

Recap: Struggling against a deliberate and disciplined Tigers squad, the Terrapins trailed by 13 at halftime before turning it up defensively and holding Princeton to 17 points in the second half to earn a hard-fought victory in the opening round of the BB&T Classic at MCI Center. Maryland ended an early-season slump by making 14 of its last 17 free throws, and also got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Baxter.

Record: 5-1

Maryland 77, Connecticut 65

Date: Dec. 3, 2001

Recap: Tournament MVP Baxter scored 14 of his game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Terrapins to the BB&T Classic title. Tahj Holden had a season-high 15 points and, along with Baxter, was a major factor in an 18-6 Maryland run at the start of the second half that gave the Terps a 54-40 advantage.

Record: 6-1

Maryland 79, Detroit 54

Date: Dec. 9, 2001

Recap: The host Terps won their seventh straight, relying on balanced scoring and a stifling man-to-man defense in their easy victory over the Titans. Back with the team after missing a week of practice to deal with his older brother's death, Byron Mouton scored 13 points and was one of four Maryland players in double figures.

Record: 7-1

Maryland 91, Monmouth 55

Date: Dec. 11, 2001

Recap: In its eighth straight win, Maryland shot 52.5 percent from the field and was paced by Dixon's 18 points. After making eight of their first 12 shots in the first half, the visiting Hawks missed 17 of their first 19 attempts in the second half, and were held to a 6-for-26 performance from the field after intermission.

Record: 8-1

Oklahoma 72, Maryland 56

Date: Dec. 21, 2001

Recap: Ebi Ere scored 19 points, Aaron McGhee had 16 and the host Sooners out-rebounded the Terps 44-36 in a matchup between two future Final Four teams. Maryland struggled all night long at the Lloyd Noble Center, committing 21 turnovers and scoring just 22 points in the second half. Wilcox had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Record: 8-2

Maryland 103, William and Mary 75

Date: Dec. 27, 2001

Recap: The host Terrapins took out their frustrations from the Oklahoma loss on the Tribe by going up 15 at halftime, and extending the lead to as many as 30 in the second half. Mouton and Dixon had 19 each, and Drew Nicholas came off the bench for 14 points.

Record: 9-2

Maryland 72, N.C. State 65

Date: Dec. 30, 2001

Recap: In the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams, Dixon and Blake combined to score the team's final 21 points over the game's last 5:37, as the visiting Terps pushed aside the Wolfpack's upset bid in Raleigh, N.C. Blake hit a baseline jumper and then a three-pointer to give Maryland a 60-54 advantage with 1:42 left, and Dixon had a basket and eight consecutive free throws to preserve the win.

Record: 10-2

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