CHAPEL HILL, N.C., JULY 18 -- He stomped and yelled and hiked up his pants and waved his hand as if he was directing traffic, just as he did for the 17 years he spent coaching in College Park. Tonight, Charles (Lefty) Driesell was a basketball coach once more.

In directing the East team during its 84-70 loss to the North tonight in the first game of the U.S. Olympic Festival, Driesell was coaching his first game since he was forced to resign as coach at Maryland last October in the wake of the cocaine-induced death of Terrapins star Len Bias.

Tonight's setting was markedly ironic. Beating North Carolina and its Coach Dean Smith was always one of Driesell's highest goals during his years as the Terrapins' coach, and here he was coaching in the Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center -- Dean Dome for short. So it was a bit of a change when the public address announcer introduced "Charles G. (Lefty) Driesell."

As Driesell walked on the court to join his team, the crowd of 11,490 responded with a loud round of applause. That never happened when he came with Maryland.

"That meant a lot to me. The fans in North Carolina have always been good to me," he said with a smile and a touch of sarcasm. "They gave me a hand last year when I was here broadcasting. But it never happened like that when I was coaching."

The game site was also interesting because Smith has a 19-1 record in the building since it was opened, and it was Driesell's 1985-86 team that blemished that record.

"I don't try to dwell too much on the past," Driesell said. "I wanted to win this game for {the players}, not me. I enjoyed the game, but I didn't enjoy the final score."

The last college game Driesell coached was on March 16, 1986, when Maryland lost to Nevada-Las Vegas, 70-64, in the second round of the NCAA tournament's West Regional at the Long Beach Convention Center. That was the last of Driesell's 224 career losses. Two days earlier, the Terrapins had beaten Pepperdine, 69-64, in the first round for the last of Driesell's 524 career victories.

The North team, which had a 10-2 record in pretournament scrimmages, is considered the favorite to win the gold medal here, but only pulled away in the last few minutes tonight.

Terry Mills, who will be a sophomore at Michigan after sitting out this past year because of Proposition 48, led the North down the stretch and finished with 18 points. Elander Lewis, who will be a freshman at St. John's, led the East with 18.

Led by North Carolina's J.R. Reid with 20 points, the South beat the West, 90-71.

Unlike the other coaches, Driesell was dressed for the occasion, wearing dark blue slacks, a light blue shirt and his best yellow power tie. Before the game started, a few spectators wandered to the bench for an autograph.

Driesell was never one to sit quietly. About seven minutes into the first half there were two questionable blocked shots that could easily have been goaltending calls. Driesell bolted off the bench, arms flailing. The second time the crowd joined him, and the fans seemed to root for the East the rest of the way.

Driesell said the experience of actually coaching again hasn't made him miss the game any more.

"My life goes on," he said. "I know I'm pretty good at it. I've got a pretty good job now, and I'm not worried about it."

As part of his agreement with Maryland, Driesell has worked as an assistant athletic director. If he stays in that position for the seven remaining years of his contract, he will have made about a million dollars.

Asked if he felt rusty, Driesell said, "You don't lose your touch in a year. If you do something for 32 years, you don't lose it in a year. But it probably did me good."

As for coaching again, "I've got 524 wins and I've done a good job. I'm young {55} and enthusiastic, and if they want me, fine."

In the diving competition, Greg Louganis, a three-time Olympian and holder of 41 national titles, proved he was human in the U.S. Olympic Festival three-meter springboard final. He had scores of 4s and 6s. But with a flurry of 10s over the final four dives, he successfully defended his Festival title, scoring 703.86 points.

He compiled 13 scores of perfect 10, 40 times scoring 9 or better. Boca Raton teammate Kent Ferguson, 24, who defeated Louganis in this event in the spring at the indoor national championships, came from seventh position after the third round to finish second with 643.44.

Wendy Lucero passed early leader and preliminaries winner Megan Neyer for the women's three-meter springboard title with a record 537.12 points to Neyer's 501.66.

In other events today, Jessie Grieco, 13, of Emerson, N.J., became the youngest female cyclist to win at the Festival, taking the 50-kilometer road race through the streets of Raleigh in 1 hour 18 minutes 50 seconds.

Richard Hincapie of Farmingdale, N.Y., went 100 kilometers in 2:17.02 to win the gold medal in the men's race. Washington's Chris Kirkpatrick took the silver. The field for the men's race included 15 "open class" riders, though they weren't competing for Festival medals. One of them, Tom Fowler of Baltimore, won the overall race in 2:16.47.

The North women's basketball team defeated the East, 74-63. Terri Bradley, who will be a senior at South Lakes in Reston and the only East player still in high school, had five points.

Anthony Suggs of Alexandria advanced to Tuesday's boxing finals in the 132-pound class, beating Charles Murray of Rochester, N.Y., 4-1, at Raleigh Civic Center.

"He's No. 1 in the country and third in the world, so I wanted this one pretty bad," said Suggs, 21. "And I got it."

In the five canoe/kayak finals at Lake Wheeler in Raleigh, 10 Washington area athletes placed in the finals. Sandor Nyerges of Fairfax and Bruce Hartzler of Washington were most effective, finishing fourth and sixth in the 1,000-meter single canoes and paired up for fourth in the 1,000-meter canoe doubles.

In table tennis, defending gold medalist Sean O'Neill of McLean defeated the highest-rated player in the tournament, Quang Bui of Bellevue, Wash., in the first round.

In the first round of tennis, second-seeded Stacey Martin of Largo defeated Anna Funderburk, Moultrie, Ga., 6-1, 6-3.

Mary Godlove of Savannah, Ga., broke a Festival record in shooting by winning the standard rifle three-position competition. Special correspondent Donna Niewiaroski contributed to this story.