Many people, including several Maryland players, were grumbling about the slow pace of the Terrapins' 40-36 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Duke Saturday night.

"We do need a 30-second clock in college basketball," said Maryland Coach Lefty Dreisell, agreeing to a point. "But until they put it in, I'll do what I have to do to win. I don't know why they (his players) would complain. This is the happiest I've seen them in three weeks."

One Terrapin who apparently is not happy is senior guard Reggie Jackson, who was suspended indefinitely for missing the team's newly imposed midnight curfew on Wednesday night.

A reporter contacted Jackson by telephone yesterday afternoon at his dormitory. While Jackson was in midsentence, the connection was abruptly cut off. Seconds later, someone answered the same phone and said Jackson was not in the dorm. Driesell said he will have a talk with Jackson, probably today, before deciding whether the senior from Philadelphia will travel to Charlottesville for Tuesday night's game against Virginia.

American University's 81-75 loss to Drexel in Philadelphia Saturday night broke the Eagles' East Coast Conference regular-season winning streak at 12. Poor defense by AU overshadowed point guard Gordon Austin's best collegiate performance. His 24 points, 13 assists and six steals all were game highs. Austin leads the ECC in shooting (64 percent), assists and steals. Forward Mark Nickens' 21.2 scoring average leads the ECC. Despite the impressive statistics, AU is 5-5, 1-1 in the conference.

At Howard, Coach A.B. Williamson's 100th career victory, a 95-77 win over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe South Carolina State, broke the Bison's three-game losing streak and prevented Williamson's victory cigars from getting any staler.

There is a freshman center in town who is dominating opponents and has drastically improved his team. No, not Patrick Ewing. It's George Washington's Mike Brown, who scored a career-high 25 points in the Colonials' 72-55 victory over Colgate.

That other freshman center, Georgetown's Ewing, is fifth in the nation with a 70 percent field goal shooting mark. Ewing also is blocking 3.4 shots per game.

Recruiting note: North Carolina appears slightly ahead of Duke and North Carolina State for the services of Curtis Hunter, a 6-foot-5 swingman, Michael Jordan-type, from Southern Durham, N.C.