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A night to remember in College Park

It was one of the great scenes in college basketball: jubilant students rushing the court, ecstatic players being hoisted on shoulders, a giddy, emotional coach searching for the right words to describe his feelings in a courtside interview while the joyous mayhem raged all around him.

This was Comcast Center last night after Maryland's thrilling 79-72 win over Duke, a win that tied them for first place in the ACC, a win on Senior Night, the last time the three luminous seniors, Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne, would play there.

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Post-game scenes I'll remember: Vasquez, weaving through fans and climbing over chairs to get to a post-game with a comely TV sideline reporter. Juan Dixon, the Terps' all-time scoring leader, beaming and accepting congratulations outside the media room as if he had just played in the game himself.

Vasquez, the Venezuelan native, bounding into the post-game interview and mischievously declaring he would only answer questions in Spanish, then shaking his head and declaring over and over (in English) "This was a dream come true . . . it means the world to me."

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And coach Gary Williams, defiant to the end, talking about his three seniors and saying: "Those three guys are special because they all came through some things. They all heard last year that they weren't good enough."

It was a wonderful night in College Park -- the best they've had there in a long time.

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