The Sun remembers: Feb. 17-Feb. 23

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Feb. 22, 2003: Matching its most one-sided Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball win in history, defending NCAA champion Maryland wallops North Carolina, 96-56, before nearly 18,000 at Comcast Center. "If you beat anybody by 40, you're happy," says guard Steve Blake, whose 18 points lead the No. 13 Terps (17-7).

Feb. 18, 2002: In a salary cap move, the Ravens say they will cut Shannon Sharpe, their Pro Bowl tight end who, on his way out, rips the club for exposing linebacker Jamie Sharper and kick returner Jermaine Lewis in that day's NFL expansion draft. The Houston Texans took both.

Feb. 20, 2001: Spurred by a 14-minute pep talk from Brian Billick, coach of the Super Bowl champion Ravens, Maryland's men's basketball team routs North Carolina State, 95-66, in College Park. The Terps, who had lost three of their past four, will go on to reach the Final Four.

Feb. 19, 1974: Enjoying their best American Hockey League season, the Baltimore Clippers defeat the Springfield Kings, 13-0, to move within one game of the division lead. It's the first shutout for Clippers goalie Denis DeJordy who, in midgame, picks up a hat thrown onto the ice and wears it for the rest of the night.

Feb. 20, 1972: Stan Smith, the world's No. 1 tennis player, defeats Ilie Nastase of Romania in four sets in the final of the Sunpapers-sponsored U.S. National Indoor championships at the Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury.

Feb, 23, 1957: Loyola College hits 41 free throws, a school record, in a 97-72 victory over American. The Greyhounds go to the line 58 times and get 23 points from Paul Dodd, who makes 11 of 12 free throws.

Feb. 22, 1954: Amid dry heat and dust storms, the Orioles begin their first spring training in Yuma, Ariz. "We're gonna concentrate on getting our pitchers ready, so we can get somebody out," manager Jimmie Dykes says of the team that finished 54-100 last year as the St. Louis Browns.

Feb. 20, 1940: It takes awhile — 141/2 minutes — but Johns Hopkins finally scores its first basket en route to a 49-41 loss to American. Bud Tannenbaum's 18 points lead the Blue Jays (5-7).

Birthday

Feb. 22, 1938: Steve Barber, the modern Orioles' first 20-game winner. The left-hander from Takoma Park went 20-13 in 1963 and four years later teamed with Stu Miller to pitch a no-hitter in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Barber died in 2007.

mike.klingaman@baltsun.com

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