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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Steve Blake has carved together what is now a nine-year NBA career by feeding the ball to a list of All-Stars - from Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas in Washington, to Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony in Denver, to LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland and, for the past two seasons, to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Though the lights are much brighter now and Blake, as a steady and much sought-after point guard, has parlayed his skills into his current four-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, it is not much different than the role he played during his four seasons at Maryland . Back then, the stars were named Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter and Chris Wilcox.
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Sports Digest | February 21, 2014
Colleges Former Mount St. Mary's star Talley dies Dick Talley , the captain of Mount St. Mary's 1962 College Division men's basketball national championship team, has died, the university announced. Talley scored a team-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting from the field and added eight rebounds in the Mount's 58-57 overtime victory against Sacramento State in the title game. Talley averaged 14.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 1961-62, his senior season. He's 17th on the Mount's all-time scoring list with 1,390 points and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame with the entire 1961-62 team in 1978.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
There's not been a lot to cheer about for Maryland basketball fans the past couple of years -- most notably two seasons without a postseason invitation and Terrell Stoglin's misguided decision-making off the court that recently ended the college career of last season's top scorer in the ACC. Things are going to get better in College Park , but for those Terps fans trying to get their fix of hoops and happiness, Steve Blake is providing a...
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July 5, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Of the Maryland players drafted in the NBA between Joe Smith in 1995 and Alex Len in 2013, whose career has been the most surprising and whose has been the most disappointing? Don Markus: There have been more than a dozen former Terps to have played in the NBA in the past 18 years, and only one - Steve Francis - has been an all-star.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 4, 2004
WASHINGTON - After a Washington Wizards practice last week, Steve Blake stepped to a spot where a group of television, radio and newspaper reporters could interview him about his transition from Maryland floor leader to NBA rookie. As he stepped in front of the cameras, Blake was wearing a white jacket trimmed in sky blue, the colors of North Carolina, one of the Terps' hated rivals. After reporters apprised him of the grief he would endure if he were seen in public wearing Carolina blue, Blake took off the jacket to reveal a shirt with black and red, colors more palatable to Maryland fans.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | January 9, 2001
COLLEGE PARK - Drive hard. What Steve Blake does for the Maryland basketball team, his father specializes in on Interstate 95. The pertinent statistic for the Terps' sophomore point guard is his 7.7 assists per game. For Richard Blake, it's the 1,150 miles from his home in Miami Lakes, Fla., to Cole Field House, a drive he has unflinchingly made more than a dozen times to see his son play. The elder Blake has had a fear of flying since a company plane he was in had to make an emergency landing in the Everglades a decade ago. He's traded the convenience of a $200 airfare for a series of marathon drives, and is in the midst of a seven-day stretch that will rack up about 4,600 miles on the odometer of his Dodge conversion van. "If you've ever taken that drive before, you understand how long it is," said Steve Blake, who was able to jet home to spend Christmas morning with his family.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2002
COLLEGE PARK - Steve Blake remains hidden among the stars, and that's fine with him. Think of second-ranked Maryland, and the scoring and defensive gems of guard Juan Dixon spring to mind. So does the thought of center Lonny Baxter pounding away on the blocks, or forward Chris Wilcox soaring over everyone to grab one of those majestic rebounds or slam home a dunk. Blake? He is merely the junior point guard who delivers the spark that makes so much of it happen. He is merely the guy with the buzz cut, the game-face scowl and the nasty competitive streak who has kept the offense humming and kept the bigger names happy throughout this magical season in College Park.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2000
COLLEGE PARK -- Midway through its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule, a young Maryland basketball team continues to forge its identity. The Terps are in a great race -- albeit for second place -- and they could force a four-team logjam there with a victory over North Carolina State today at Cole Field House. Terence Morris is still adjusting to life as a marked man, Lonny Baxter has become the ACC's top producer in the low post, and Juan Dixon will find a way to score. Another obvious observation: Freshman point guard Steve Blake is one resilient teen-ager.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | July 21, 2005
Steve Blake wonders where his next NBA home will be. So does Juan Dixon, his former backcourt mate with the University of Maryland and the Washington Wizards. Former Terrapins guard John Gilchrist, who recently left Maryland early, after an uneven, three-year stay, just wants to break into the professional ranks. These days, each of the former Terps is dealing with his own version of career limbo. Dixon, Maryland's all-time leading scorer, who led the Terps to their only NCAA title in 2002, is an unrestricted free agent after the Wizards declined to pick up the option on his fourth season.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2003
COLLEGE PARK - Senior point guard Steve Blake waited for three years to inherit the kind of freedom he has enjoyed in the Maryland Terrapins' offense. Senior shooting guard Drew Nicholas waited for three years to become a starter who expected to play at least 30 minutes every night. Together, the backcourt of Blake and Nicholas represents the backbone of Maryland, as the Terps begin the defense of their first NCAA championship. On a team that has gotten sometimes wildly inconsistent play from its frontcourt, Blake and Nicholas are the closest things to go-to guys on the Maryland roster.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Since Steve Blake went to the Los Angeles Lakers three years ago, the former Maryland point guard had rarely been much of a factor - first playing behind Derek Fisher, then Ramon Sessions and finally this season behind Steve Nash. Many Lakers fans felt as if the team had spent way too much when it signed Blake to a four-year, $16 million contract. There were times when Blake's looked like he was playing in the Bermuda Triangle rather than the Triangle offense under Phil Jackson and later Mike Brown.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
There's not been a lot to cheer about for Maryland basketball fans the past couple of years -- most notably two seasons without a postseason invitation and Terrell Stoglin's misguided decision-making off the court that recently ended the college career of last season's top scorer in the ACC. Things are going to get better in College Park , but for those Terps fans trying to get their fix of hoops and happiness, Steve Blake is providing a...
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2012
Steve Blake has carved together what is now a nine-year NBA career by feeding the ball to a list of All-Stars - from Antawn Jamison and Gilbert Arenas in Washington, to Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony in Denver, to LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland and, for the past two seasons, to Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. Though the lights are much brighter now and Blake, as a steady and much sought-after point guard, has parlayed his skills into his current four-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, it is not much different than the role he played during his four seasons at Maryland . Back then, the stars were named Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter and Chris Wilcox.
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By Paul McMullen and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Whether it was beating Illinois and Duke when he was a sophomore or Connecticut in the East Regional final to keep his college career alive, Juan Dixon always had a flair for the dramatic, and the final three-pointer of his magnificent run at the University of Maryland went down as the biggest shot of the 2002 Final Four. There was no doubt that the senior from Calvert Hall would be named the Most Outstanding Player at the climax of the college basketball season, not after he cooled off a surging Indiana team with two clutch baskets that seemed to soften the hardened Hoosiers.
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November 6, 2009
Spurs@Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. [ESPN] Steve Blake, left, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 assists for Portland, is one of three former Terps active in the NBA. The others? The Pistons' Chris Wilcox and Hawks' Joe Smith.
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By From Sun staff and news services | March 22, 2009
Cavaliers top Hawks; Suns rout Wizards nba Any ideas the Atlanta Hawks had of extending their seven-game winning streak ended quickly yesterday. LeBron James and the host Cleveland Cavaliers took a 24-point lead early in the second quarter in winning their eighth straight game, 102-96 over the Hawks. "That's what we wanted to do," said James, who scored 22 points as the Cavaliers (56-13) improved to 32-1 at home. "We wanted to first protect home court like we've been able to do." The Hawks were hoping to prove a point against the team with the best record in the NBA. Instead, it turned into a day of frustration for Atlanta (41-29)
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November 6, 2009
Spurs@Trail Blazers 10:30 p.m. [ESPN] Steve Blake, left, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 assists for Portland, is one of three former Terps active in the NBA. The others? The Pistons' Chris Wilcox and Hawks' Joe Smith.
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January 4, 2002
Cole Field House highlight 8 Games remaining Jan. 14, 1998: Unranked Maryland stuns No. 1 North Carolina in over time, 89-83, led by Laron Profit's 19 points. Cole finale: March 3 vs. Virginia He said it "He won't take a shot for most of the game. Then, he makes the biggest shot of the game." Gary Williams, Terps coach, on Steve Blake
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By From Sun news services | February 23, 2009
Steve Blake (Maryland) tied an NBA record with 14 first-quarter assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge scored 28 points as the Portland Trail Blazers rolled to a 116-87 win over the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday. Blake matched the record set by the San Antonio Spurs' John Lucas (Maryland) during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on April 15, 1984. Blake finished with 17 assists. The Blazers (35-20) won their eighth consecutive home game. Eric Gordon led Los Angeles (13-43) with 21 points.
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By From Sun news services | December 8, 2008
Ray Allen scored a season-high 35 points, and the Boston Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers, 122-117, in overtime last night to increase their winning streak to 12 games. Kevin Garnett had 17 points, 20 rebounds and five steals, Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Eddie House had 15 points for Boston (20-2). The visiting Celtics are on their longest winning streak since 1986, when they won 14 straight on their way to the NBA title. Marquis Daniels led Indiana with a season-high 26 points.
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