Four seasons ago, the scene was the Dayton Arena and the names were Isiah Thomas and Ray Tolbert. Tonight, the scene was the same, the names not nearly as luminous: Sedric Toney, Damon Goodwin and Dave Colbert.

The bottom line, though, was the same: Maryland lost a basketball game. It was not humiliated, as it was here in the 1981 NCAA Tournament (99-64) by Thomas, Tolbert and Indiana. But tonight's 67-63 loss to Dayton before 11,819 fans was almost as frustrating.

"We lost our poise," said Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell, who, during the second half, earned his first technical foul in three seasons. "We had a lead in the first half and we couldn't hold it. We got impatient in our offense and forced things in the second half."

Actually, the Terrapins (11-3) were only partly to blame. They got 22 points from Len Bias (10 of 14 shooting); 18 points from Adrian Branch; 11 points and 10 rebounds from Speedy Jones, and 10 points and nine rebounds from Derrick Lewis.

They outrebounded the Flyers, 32-29. But Dayton (9-3) won this game with lights-out shooting in the second half, making one long shot after another to overcome Maryland's nine-point first-half lead.

"It seemed like we had a hand in their face on every shot," said Keith Gatlin, who shot one of six, but had 10 assists. "They were just throwing in shots you usually want people to take against you."

The main problems were Toney (17 points) and Goodwin (16). At halftime, when the Terrapins led by 31-26, Toney was one for four and Goodwin four for nine. In the second half they totaled nine for 12. Toney single-handedly got Dayton even with 11 points during the first 4:06 of the half.

Goodwin picked up from there, making three straight downtowners. By then his stroke was so perfect that teammate Larry Schellenberg was running downcourt with his fist in the air while the ball was still arching toward the hoop.

"The shots felt good the first half but they just weren't staying down," Goodwin said. "I just kept shooting until they stayed down."

His last rainbow put Dayton up by 47-43 with 12:37 left and the Terrapins never got even. Playing from behind for the first time all season, they were forced to chase down the stretch because Driesell had agreed to Dayton Coach Don Donoher's request that the game be played without a shot clock.

In all, it was a tough night for Driesell. He watched his team play patient, solid basketball for almost a half in taking a 31-22 lead. He then watched the usual end-of-the-first half sleepwalk that let Dayton creep within 31-26.

Still, that provided no hint for what was to come in the second half. "When they got the lead to nine and were doing what they were doing to our zone and our big guys were in foul trouble, I was thinking it was going to be an old-fashioned blowout," Donoher said. "But the second half we got going and everything changed."

Toney changed. He is a prototype streak shooter. While he was streaking the Terrapins were struggling. The Flyers, passive in their zone the first half, began matching up more and forced Maryland to look less to Bias and Branch.

"We weren't as patient as we should have been," said Branch, who moved past Greg Manning into fourth place on the all-time Maryland scoring list. "The first half, we took good shots, the second half we rushed. We were impatient."

Impatient was a polite word to describe Driesell's mood after Mid-American Conference referee Rick Hartzell called a technical on him with 16:52 left in the game. The Terrapins, leading by 37-35, had the ball when Bias was called for traveling.

"I just got up and showed him that Bias was dribbling," Driesell said, dribbling an invisible ball. "And he turns around and gives me a technical. That was the most ridiculous call I've ever seen. I didn't curse or say anything.

"What's that guy's name anyway? I've seen him before and I'm telling you he's bad news."

Goodwin made both technicals to tie the game. The Flyers ended up 14 of 25 in the second half, almost all from outside.

"I was beginning to think," Bias said, "that that Toney guy was never going to miss one."

Toney did finally miss but by then Dayton led, 58-53. Branch's back-to-back jumpers cut the lead to 58-57 and Donoher called time to slow things down.

"They beat us last year (61-59, in College Park, when Dayton led all night) with their traps the second half," Donoher said. "I wanted to make sure we knew what we were doing when we spread out."

After Colbert's basket on Lewis' goaltending , Bias cut it to 60-59 with a jumper. But Colbert scored from the base line and Jones missed in close. Dayton then ran almost two minutes off the clock before Schellenberg made two foul shots to make it 64-59 with 1:15 to go.

After Bias' last basket with 53 seconds left, the Flyers killed another 28 seconds before Schellenberg was again fouled and made one of two. Lewis' finger-roll got it to 65-63 with 15 seconds to play. But Colbert, fouled two seconds later, made both shots and the Dayton Arena had struck again.

"Y'all are making like this is some kind of big upset," Driesell protested. "You act like we're swift and powerful and they're the Little Sisters of the Poor or something."

But this one, if truth be told, Maryland expected to win. telling you he's bad news."

Goodwin made both technicals to tie the game. The Flyers ended up 14 of 25 in the second half, almost all from outside.

"I was beginning to think," Bias said, "that that Toney guy was never going to miss one."

Toney did finally miss but by then Dayton led, 58-53. Branch's back-to-back jumpers cut the lead to 58-57 and Donoher called time to slow things down.

"They beat us last year (61-59, in College Park, when Dayton led all night) with their traps the second half," Donoher said. "I wanted to make sure we knew what we were doing when we spread out."

After Colbert's basket on Lewis' goaltending , Bias cut it to 60-59 with a jumper. But Colbert scored from the base line and Jones missed in close. Dayton then ran almost two minutes off the clock before Schellenberg made two foul shots to make it 64-59 with 1:15 to go.

After Bias' last basket with 53 seconds left, the Flyers killed another 28 seconds before Schellenberg was again fouled and made one of two. Lewis' finger-roll got it to 65-63 with 15 seconds to play. But Colbert, fouled two seconds later, made both shots and the Dayton Arena had struck again.

"Y'all are making like this is some kind of big upset," Driesell protested. "You act like we're swift and powerful and they're the Little Sisters of the Poor or something."

But this one, if truth be told, Maryland expected to win.