They were roaring in Cole Field House last night.
The biggest roar came when Georgetown's loss was announced.
The second-biggest roar came when Chuck Driesell drove for a layup -- and missed.
And the most delighted roar came when freshman Adrian Branch pulled off a spectacular, spinning, 360-degree, behind-the-head dunk in the first half.
It was that kind of night, the 7,750 fidgety fans looking for something to keep them busy as Maryland destroyed Lafayette, 82-58, in the second of Coach Lefty Driesell's six-game, victim-for-a-night series of warmups, also known as "How to guarantee six victories when you aren't sure about your talent."
There were bright spots for the Terrapins (2-0). Herman Veal, Driesell's new favorite player, had 16 points and nine rebounds and was his usual aggressive, Hungry Herman self. Charles Pittman, whom Driesell would like to see as aggressive as Veal, hit all seven of his shots from the field, scored 14 points and had seven rebounds.
Pete Holbert, the team's only legitimate zone-busting possibility, hit five soft jumpers from outside and had 12 points in 22 minutes. And Branch, despite playing only 17 minutes because of an upset stomach, had 10 points, tossed some slick passes and made it look easy. Fellow freshman Jeff Adkins again had the look of a savvy guard who will be able to handle the pressures of the ACC.
"I know this wasn't really a test, but I thought we played pretty well," said Driesell, sipping a diet drink in his continuing quest for slimness. "We were aggressive on defense, ran the offense pretty well. I liked that.
"I know they weren't real tough competition but I need some nights like this. There'll be plenty of tough ones later."
Lafayette (1-1) is a small school, but has a solid basketball tradition, one that includes a 72-71 victory over Virginia in the 1972 NIT, the victory coming on a miracle shot at the buzzer by Tracy Tripucka. Over the years it has produced solid teams and solid players.
But apparently that is not so this year. The Leopards had only one player in double figures last night, guard Mike Whitman with 12 points, and threw up enough horrid shots to convince the crowd that its new fight song is Pink Floyd's, "Another Brick in the Wall."
In short, the visitors never even put up a fight. They were down, 11-2, before the game was four minutes old, trailed, 21-8, midway through the first half and 25-14 before Maryland put on its clinching spurt.
A Steve Rivers jumper and Branch's dunk made it 29-14 with 7:33 left and the Terrapins did not score another field goal the rest of the half. But they didn't need to because they made 15 free throws and watched Lafayette finish the half shooting 43 percent and a lovely three for nine from the foul line.
It was 44-21 at the break and the only question was the final margin: the Terrapins led by as many as 30 before it was over.
Statistics tell much about the quality of this game. There were 54 turnovers and 56 fouls.
"It got sloppy the second half and that's what bothers me," Driesell said. "We did that Friday, too. But, like I said, we're still learning out there and we got to play everybody."
He especially got to play Holbert, a frustrated bench warmer as a freshman who is hoping to find a sixth-man shooting-specialist role this year. "Coach told me I would be like the sixth man, coming in at big guard and small forward, so I knew I would get to play some," Holbert said. "Last year, whenever I came in during practice I would shoot as soon as I touched the ball. This year he knows I'm going to work more into the flow of the offense before I shoot. I just want a chance to play. I'm not worried about shots. They'll come."
They will also come, hopefully, for young Driesell, who missed twice last night as the crowd implored him to "SHOOT!" each time he touched the ball, evoking memories of Brian Magid.
"I wish they wouldn't do that," Driesell Sr. said. "They should treat him like everybody else. But I guess I can't control that."
That was about all he couldn't control last night. Everybody played and it was a nice, leisurely evening.