Although several Maryland basketball players said that last night's 92-88 exhibition loss to Athletes in Action at Cole Field House was good for the team, that it would teach them a lesson about being cocky, Coach Lefty Driesell was having none of it.

"They can rationalize if they want," Driesell said. "If they think there's anything good about shooting 38 percent and playing like this, they're nuts."

The supposedly new and improved Terrapins played badly in this, the first game involving an Atlantic Coast Conference team using a 30-second shot clock and 19-foot, three-point field goal.

The Terrapins made six of 18 three-point attempts, two each by Adrian Branch, Jeff Adkins and Pete Holbert. AIA, which lost at Clemson Tuesday night, 69-66, without the experimental rules, made five of eight three-point attempts.

Maryland was led by Ben Coleman, who scored 21 points and had 10 rebounds in his first game since transferring from Minnesota.

Branch scored 14 points, but missed half the game after running into Coleman's elbow in the first half. Branch took seven stitches over his left eye and came back to play in the second half.