Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell said yesterday that he wanted his team to press defensively and not drop off in the last 35 seconds of a 48-43 loss Tuesday night at Georgia Tech.

"That's how we had come back, and I certainly wanted them to continue (pressing)," he said, adding that at least one player was confused on a defensive assignment. The Terrapins didn't press and that allowed Tech to run 23 seconds off the clock before Adrian Branch fouled Bruce Dalrymple, who made two free throws and basically clinched the victory.

Driesell said he wanted his players to foul Tech's Scott Petway, "but you don't always get to foul who you want," Driesell said, hours before going for his 500th career victory, against Towson State.

He also said he would have liked his players to call time as soon as Branch's basket with 35 seconds left brought the Terrapins within 44-43, but that his team had been told earlier it had no more timeouts. "We did have at least one timeout remaining, as it turned out," he said. "But at the time the team was under the impression that we had no timeouts remaining."