Senior forward Len Bias scored a team-high 21 points and the Maryland Terrapins shot 67 percent from the field in defeating Athletes In Action, 81-78, last night in an exhibition basketball game at Cole Field House.
The Terrapins, despite their hot shooting, looked sloppy at times, committing 20 turnovers.
AIA, which is 5-3 with victories over Alabama-Birmingham and Pepperdine, got 26 points from former Paint Branch and Notre Dame star Tracy Jackson.
Maryland Coach Charles G. Driesell had a new name last night but kept his old habits. He paced the sideline with loosened tie and argued referee calls as if the Terrapins were playing North Carolina. He also played only eight players.
"We've got depth," said Driesell, "too much depth. It's something that is overrated. I played the guys who played best in practice."
As for the sloppy play at times, Driesell said, "I thought we did a lot of things good and some things poorly."
Said Maryland guard Keith Gatlin, who had 10 points and 11 assists, "We were a little impatient. Hopefully, we can do some things in practice to correct it."
Maryland held a 40-35 lead with two minutes remaining in the first half, but AIA scored nine straight points. Speedy Jones' shot from the foul circle at the buzzer brought Maryland within 44-42 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Lorenzo Romar hit an 18-foot shot to give AIA a 54-50 lead. But the Terrapins began to connect, and when Bias missed from the foul line with a jump shot but followed with a crowd-pleasing slam, they led, 59-53.
AIA pulled even at 72-72 with 5:10 remaining on Keith Cieplicki's baseline jumper. With 3:42 left, Jackson gave AIA the lead, 74-72, with a jumper.
But Derrick Lewis, who had 16 points and eight rebounds, scored six straight points and Maryland kept the lead.