Maryland's Albert King was checking his head for gray hairs after the Terp's emotional 82-75 overtime victory Saturday night over North Carolina State, their first foe in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Coach Lefty Driesell called the winning rally the greatest comeback by one of his teams in 25 years of coaching.
Georgetown meanwhile, could stage no such second-half flurry in Des Moines and lost, 73-57, to Drake, snapping the Hoyas' five-game success streak.
"That game really gave me a few gray ones," said King, who scored 29 points and made 11 of his 16 shots from the field, including the first overtime basket. That gave the Terps the lead for good at 68-66.
"It just got too close down the stretch. State is a very smart team. We learned a lot. We played a little sloppy at times in the second half but the way we came back showed we're a good team. We played our hearts out."
The ninth-ranked Terrapins shot 80 percent the first half and 73 percent for the game. Yet it took Buck Williams' three-point play with 51 seconds left in regulation, creating a 66-66 tie, for Maryland to avoid its second straight loss.
Williams, good on nine of 10 field goal attempts, rebounded a missed King jumper, scored a layup and added a free throw after being fouled by State center Craig Watts. State Coach Jim Valvano said it didn't appear to him that Watts even touched Williams.
The 6-foot-8 Williams is shooting 73 percent from the field for the season and leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game.
"When everything is up for grabs I know the ball is coming inside," Williams said. "My teammates get the ball to me because they know I'll put it in."
The effort by Williams and King overshadowed a spectacular game by Wolfpack guard Sidney Lowe, a De Matha alumnus. Lowe knifed through the Terps' man-to-man defense at will, scoring 14 second-half points (12 on layups) and collecting 11 assists for the game.
With the 6-foot Lowe running the offense, State came back from nine points down at halftime and led, 61-51, with less than seven minutes remaining. p
"I noticed we were a little sullen and quiet in the locker room at halftime," Driesell said. "Maybe I should have said something to them. I don't like to have to come from behind like we did to prove we're a good team, but that is the mark of a good basketball team."
Williams said the Terps' inside defense was not as good as in other games this season.
Georgetown is going to have to work a lot harder on rebounding if the Hoyas (5-3) are to regain the national prominence they enjoyed last season. Drake, a team that has had rebounding trouble all season, captured 53 missed shots to Georgetown's 38. Drake forward Lewis Lloyd, the nation's third-leading scorer although still recovering from an ankle injury, scored only 16 points but pulled down 13 rebounds.
Sleepy Floyd led the Hoyas in scoring with 14 and rebounding with eight. Center Ed Spriggs was forced to the bench midway through the first half after picking up his third foul and Drake led, 29-24, at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored the Hoyas, 33-10, in the first 12 minutes of the second half and that was that.
Drake (4-2) was led in scoring by former Baltimore prep star Pop Wright, who totaled 24 points and ignited the early second-half rally.