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ACC basketball report: Terps to name court for Williams

BY ADAM HIMMELSBACH

For Maryland fans, many of the fondest memories of former coach Gary Williams involve games against Duke.

It is only fitting, then, that the Terrapins will dedicate the Comcast Center court to Williams prior to their game against the Blue Devils tomorrow night.

Williams retired last May after his 22nd season at Maryland. He won 668 career games, including 461 with the Terrapins.

“I just always knew that [Williams] did it right and worked hard and was an excellent coach,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said during yesterday’s Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference. “You respect those things from the outside.”

In the early 2000’s, Williams helped make the Duke-Maryland rivalry perhaps as contentious as Duke-North Carolina.

Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said he enjoyed coaching against Williams. He added that he doesn’t expect the atmosphere at the Comcast Center to be any more hostile than usual.

“They have a great crowd all the time when they’re playing us,” Krzyzewski said. “So whether the court was named after him before the game or not, I would expect them to give us their best shot.”

HOKIES CLAMP DOWN

Virginia has thrived with a relentless defense so far this season. But on Sunday night, the Cavaliers were beaten at their own game.

Virginia Tech held Virginia to 32 percent shooting—including 1 for 14 on 3-point attempts—as it eked out a 47–45 victory.

The Hokies slowed Virginia star Mike Scott, who was held to 10 points and six rebounds, well below his season averages in both categories.

“It’s hard for us to simulate Mike Scott in practice,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said. “But once we got a feel for how they were getting on the ball and how he was catching it, it made us get better angles on where we were coming from with our help.”

It was the first conference win for Virginia Tech. Virginia (15–3, 2–2) fell into a tie for fifth place in the conference with the loss.

WOLFPACK RISING

North Carolina State took its lumps during the non-conference season, suffering losses against Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Stanford and Indiana. But that rough stretch seems to have toughened the Wolfpack, which is improbably sitting in a tie for first in the conference after its win at Miami on Sunday.

“I think what’s good about our team right now is we’re well aware that we have a lot of room to improve,”

North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried said.

The Wolfpack (15–5, 4–1) visits North Carolina on Thursday.

Adam Himmelsbach: 540/374-5442

ahimmelsbach@freelancestar.com

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