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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

Maryland 92, Norfolk State 69

Date: Jan. 3, 2002

Recap: Playing without the injured Baxter, the host Terps got a lift from the forward trio of Holden, Ryan Randle and Wilcox, who combined for 37 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks in the decisive victory. The win extended Maryland's home winning streak over nonconference opponents to 84 games.

Record: 11-2

Maryland 112, North Carolina 79

Date: Jan. 9, 2002

Recap: Dixon scored 20 of his then-season-high 29 points in the first half, Baxter recorded the 1,500th point of his career and Blake just missed a triple double in the Terps' 33-point blowout at Cole Field House, the worst road loss in Carolina history. Maryland forced 25 turnovers and tied a school record by making 13 three-point shots, including eight from Dixon and Blake.

Record: 12-2

Maryland 92, Georgia Tech 87

Date: Jan. 13, 2002

Recap: With his team in danger of blowing a 16-point, first-half lead and a 12-point, second-half advantage, Dixon came to the rescue, getting a steal with the Yellow Jackets looking for the game-tying basket and feeding Wilcox a 40-foot alley-oop pass, which gave the Terps a four-point lead. Dixon would then connect on four straight free throws in the final 10 seconds to put the cap on a 26-point, 10-rebound effort in Atlanta at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Record: 13-2

Duke 99, Maryland 78

Date: Jan. 17, 2002

Recap: Jason Williams, Carlos Boozer and Mike Dunleavy combined for 75 points and the host Blue Devils pulled away from the Terps with a game-ending, 26-8 run. With Dixon held to a season-low 10 points by the Blue Devils' Dahntay Jones, Maryland did not score a field goal over the game's final 7:55, failing in an effort to win its third consecutive game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Record: 13-3

Maryland 99, Clemson 90

Date: Jan. 20, 2002

Recap: The Terps overcame 15 three-pointers by the Tigers to close the game at Cole Field House on a 17-7 run. Maryland compensated for a subpar defensive effort by getting 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds from Wilcox and 14 points from Nicholas, who scored all eight of his second-half points in the final three minutes.

Record: 14-3

Maryland 85, Wake Forest 63

Date: Jan. 23, 2002

Recap: Holden broke a recent slump to score 11 points and the Terps turned in one of their finest all-around efforts of the season in dominating the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C. Five other Terps were in double figures, including Nicholas (10 points) and Dixon, who had 19 points and five steals.

Record: 15-3

Maryland 84, Florida State 63

Date: Jan. 26, 2002

Recap: After scoring only nine points in the game's first 10 minutes, the host Terps were revived by Dixon, who had game highs of 25 points, 11 rebounds and eight steals, becoming the first player in ACC history to record 1,800 points and 300 steals. Dixon, who was two steals away from the first triple double during coach Gary Williams' tenure, spearheaded a 14-0 run early in the second half that finished the Seminoles.

Record: 16-3

Maryland 91, Virginia 87

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Recap: The Terps erased a seven-point deficit over the final three minutes to get what was their most improbable victory of the season, in Charlottesville, Va. After going scoreless for more than 37 minutes, Nicholas hit two three-pointers to trim the Virginia lead to 87-86. From there, the Cavaliers did not score again, as Maryland ran off five straight points with Dixon's baseline jumper proving to be the game-winner.

Record: 17-3

Maryland 89, N.C. State 73

Date: Feb. 3, 2002

Recap: In College Park, the Terrapins turned a close game early into a comfortable win, with Dixon scoring 16 of his 27 points in the second half and Mouton scoring 11 of his 13 points after halftime. With Baxter (16 points) on the bench with three fouls and Maryland trailing by two with 10:10 left, the Terps outscored the Wolfpack 34-16.

Record: 18-3

Maryland 92, North Carolina 77

Date: Feb. 10, 2002

Recap: Showing far from the form that led to a 33-point drubbing of the Tar Heels at Cole Field House in January, Maryland took down North Carolina at the Dean Smith Center, as five Terps scored in double figures, highlighted by Dixon's 18. Maryland led 47-30 at halftime, then held off the Tar Heels' second-half charge, spearheaded by Kris Lang's 19 second-half points.

Record: 19-3

Maryland 85, Georgia Tech 65

Date: Feb. 13, 2002

Recap: Struggling from the outside, the host Terps relied on their inside game and a 53-34 advantage on the boards to down the overmatched Yellow Jackets. Baxter had a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, Wilcox added 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and Mouton chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds for Maryland.

Record: 20-3

Maryland 87, Duke 73

Date: Feb. 17, 2002

Recap: In front of a sellout crowd at Cole Field House, the Terps overwhelmed the No. 1 team in the nation and their chief rivals, leading by as many as 25 in the second half, thanks to a blanketing defense and a huge advantage inside. Wilcox scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Blake contributed 13 assists and a superb defensive effort on Duke's Williams.

Record: 21-3

Maryland 84, Clemson 68

Date: Feb. 20, 2002

Recap: The Terps erased a four-point halftime deficit by making seven of their first nine shots in the second half at Littlejohn Coliseum. Dixon led Maryland with 21 points and became the first player in NCAA history to produce 2,000 points, 300 steals and 200 three-point field goals.

Record: 22-3

Maryland 90, Wake Forest 89

Date: Feb. 24, 2002

Recap: After the Demon Deacons' Josh Howard took a timeout that his team did not have, Dixon hit one of two technical free throws with 1.3 seconds left to help Maryland escape with a win at Cole Field House. The Terps trailed nearly the whole way, mostly because of the hot shooting of Wake's Craig Dawson, who scored 22 first-half points on 6-for-7 three-point shooting.

Record: 23-3

Maryland 96, Florida State 63

Date: Feb. 27, 2002

Recap: Dixon made eight of 13 shots and scored 25 points as the Terps blew out the Seminoles in Tallahassee and clinched a share of the ACC regular-season championship. Maryland shot 55.2 percent from the field and had four players in double figures. The game was all but decided in the first half when the Terps went on a 22-4 run to take a 28-11 lead.

Record: 24-3

Maryland 112, Virginia 92

Date: March 3, 2002

Recap: In their last game at Cole Field House, the Terps went out in style, riding the emotion and the play of Dixon (23 points) and Baxter (20 points) to a convincing win, completing the greatest regular season in school history. A Duke loss days before had assured Maryland of its first outright regular-season ACC title since 1980. The Terps, buoyed by a double double from Blake (15 points, 10 assists), would lead by as many as 24 in a second half in which they scored 69 points.

Record: 25-3

Maryland 85, Florida State 59

Date: March 8, 2002

Recap: After the Seminoles crept within 42-41 with 15:10 left to play, the Terps went on a 21-0 run and cruised the rest of the way in the ACC tournament quarterfinal game in Charlotte, N.C. Mouton scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half, to go along with seven rebounds, and Blake had 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and five steals.

Record: 26-3

N.C. State 86, Maryland 82

Date: March 9, 2002

Recap: One game away from a much-awaited third meeting with Duke in the ACC tournament final, the Terps were derailed by the Wolfpack, which got an off-balance three-pointer from Julius Hodge to take an 84-78 lead with 1:17 left, before nearly giving the game away from the free-throw line. N.C. State missed eight of its final 12 free throws, but Maryland, which was kept afloat by Blake's career-high 21 points, could not capitalize and fell for the first time since Jan. 17.

Record: 26-4

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