Anyone remember this huge Terps win on Dec. 7, 1997?
Sarunas and No. 23 Maryland beat No. 2 Kansas, 86-83, in the Franklin National Bank Classic at the then-MCI Center in Washington D.C. for the Jayhawks' first loss of the year. Sarunas scored 21 points with four boards and three assists. He hit two free throws with 1:45 to go to give Maryland the lead for good.
In his time as a Terp (1995-98), Sarunas scored 929 points and dished 273 assists. He helped lead the Terrapins to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two Sweet Sixteens. As a senior, he averaged 12.4 points per game and a team-high 39.7 percent from outside the arc.
In Ekene Ibekwe's four years (2004-07), he helped bring home Gary Williams' first ACC title and two NCAA Tournament appearances. In his senior year, the Terps went 3-0 vs. Duke and North Carolina in a three-week span in February. Throughout that stretch, the Terrapins remained unranked.
Check out this clip from the Terps' win over No. 14 Duke at Cameron on Feb. 28, 2007.
Ekene finished this game with 17 points, four rebounds, two blocks and two assists. He scored six of his points in the last two minutes to help hold off the Blue Devils. The Terrapins would go on to earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Davidson, 82-70, in the First Round.
Ekene finished his career in the top 45 of all Maryland scorers with 1,107 points. He is No. 11 in rebounds with 781 and No. 5 all-time in blocks with 230. In his senior year, he led the ACC in blocks with 88 on the year.
Check out Sarunas' Lithuania team taking on Ibekwe's Nigeria team Tuesday LIVE at 9:30 a.m. ET on the NBC Sports Channel. For more info on where to watch, log on to http://www.nbcolympics.com/get-local/tvlistings.html. All games are broadcast online at NBCOlympics.com.