A game-by-game look at Maryland's games in the NCAA...

April 07, 2002

A game-by-game look at Maryland's games in the NCAA tournament:

First round

Maryland 85, Siena 70

Date: March 15, 2002.

Recap: Juan Dixon had a game- and season-high 29 points and the top-seeded Terps opened the second half with a 15-4 run to turn back the pesky, 16th-seeded Saints at MCI Center in Washington.

During the decisive half-opening run, which ended with the Terps leading 67-42, Dixon made two jumpers and a layup, Steve Blake hit a three-pointer, and Lonny Baxter and Ryan Randle made layups.

The Saints hit eight of their first 10 shots to hang with Maryland, before the Terps turned up their pressure defense and relied on Dixon to forge a 52-38 halftime lead.

Record: 27-4.

Second round

Maryland 87, Wisconsin 57

Date: March 17, 2002.

Recap: On a day when Dixon became the leading scorer in school history, the Terps took control late in the first half and then put away the eighth-seeded Badgers with a 17-3 run to open the second half at MCI Center.

Dixon, who needed only seven points to pass Len Bias on Maryland's all-time list, scored 29 for the second straight game, going 10-for-19 from the field, grabbing five rebounds and adding three assists and two steals.

Chris Wilcox scored 18 points for the Terps, who held Wisconsin's leading scorer Kirk Penney to nine points on 3-for-14 shooting.

Record: 28-4.

Regional semifinals

Maryland 78, Kentucky 68

Date: March 22, 2002.

Recap: Dixon had 19 points, Baxter 16 and Wilcox 15 as the Terps achieved a single-season record for victories by beating the fourth-seeded Wildcats at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Maryland made 21 of 24 free throws, including 14 of 15 in the second half. They put away the Wildcats with a game-closing 12-5 run after Kentucky had crept within 66-63 with 5:05 left.

Byron Mouton had 14 points and pressured Wildcats star Tayshaun Prince into 6-for-16 shooting.

Record: 29-4.

Regional final

Maryland 90, Connecticut 82

Date: March 24, 2002.

Recap: The Terps rode the inside power of regional Most Valuable Player Baxter, who had a season-high 29 points and a game-high nine rebounds, and the clutch shooting of Blake and Dixon straight into the Final Four.

In one of the tournament's most exciting games, featuring 24 lead changes and 21 ties, Dixon tied the game at 77 with a three-pointer with 3:43 to play.

After Dixon's three, Maryland scored on its final eight possessions and connected on all eight of its free throws to overcome the second-seeded Huskies, who got an extraordinary effort from sophomore Caron Butler (32 points).

Blake sealed the deal for the Terps, hitting a three-pointer, his only basket of the game, with 25 seconds left.

Record: 30-4.

National semifinals

Maryland 97, Kansas 88

Date: March 31, 2002.

Recap: After falling behind 13-2 early, being forced to play without Baxter for much of the game and almost squandering a 20-point lead, the Terps, thanks to terrific performances by Dixon, Wilcox and Tahj Holden, won the chance to play for the first national championship in school history.

At the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Dixon scored a career-high 33 points, including 19 in the first half, where Maryland turned an 11-point deficit into a 44-37 halftime lead. Dixon also scored six points in the game's final 1:11 to help turn aside a spirited comeback by Kansas, which trailed 83-63 late in the second half, but crept within 92-88 with 20 seconds to play.

Wilcox and Holden combined for 31 points to compensate for Baxter's foul problems, and the Terps held All-America center Drew Gooden without a field goal until 7:22 remained in the game.

Record: 31-4.

National final

Maryland 64, Indiana 52

Date: April 1, 2002.

Recap: As he had all season, Dixon hit the big shots for the Terps, enabling them to repel an Indiana rally - overcoming their own sloppy play - and pull away to Maryland's first national championship.

Maryland jumped out to a 23-11 lead, but accurate three-point shooting and tight defense brought Indiana back.

Dixon, held scoreless by the Hoosiers' Dane Fife for 20 minutes, made a three-pointer to put the Terps back in front, 45-44, after Indiana had taken its only lead of the game, with 9:53 left in the second half. After Baxter made two free throws and Fife hit a field goal, Dixon scored on a spectacular, 18-foot fallaway. That gave Maryland a three-point lead with 8:11 left and was part of a 17-3 run to close the game.

Dixon, named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored a game-high 18. Baxter had 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Record: 32-4.

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