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A trip down memory lane

While walking through Comcast Center during the semifinals of the Maryland high school tournaments, I bumped into former Terrapins forward Tahj Holden , now an assistant coach at Monmouth but soon to be looking for another job after his former boss resigned after the season.

As we chatted for a few minutes, another key player from the Terps’ 2002 national championship team bounded down the corridor, Byron Mouton . His nephew, Edward Mouton , plays for second-ranked North Point, which advanced to its first state title game.

Holden talked about keeping in touch with some of his former teammates, including guard Drew Nicholas , who is still playing in Europe. I told Holden that Nicholas’s name had come up earlier this week when my former editor mentioned seeing a montage of great NCAA tournament buzzer beaters, including Nicholas’s coast-to-coast three-pointer that beat North Carolina-Wilmington in the first round in 2003. (Maryland then beat Xavier in the second round before losing to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen, the last time it advanced that far.)

Holden had seen the clip, too, and remembered the play vividly.

”I was open,” said Holden, a career 40 percent shooter from three-point range.

”You weren’t getting the ball,” I said.



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