BALTIMORE, NOV. 5 -- Bob Wade sort of came home tonight, bringing his Maryland Terrapins team to Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School, where Wade won 341 of 366 basketball games during the decade he was coach of the Poets.

In the nearly full 2,000-seat gym, the Terrapins scrimmaged for about 90 minutes, with the squad divided evenly. Midway through, he turned to a friend and said, "This place hasn't changed, has it?"

If the burgundy and gold paint on the walls and floor, the championship banners and just the smell of the warm gym gave Wade chills, he hid them well.

"It's great to come back, to bring the kids back," Wade said afterward. "Not just to Dunbar, but to take them away from the friendly confines of Cole {Field House} and have them play elsewhere. I'm not trying to low-key it, because I worked here 11 years and gave it everything I had. I have great memories. I'd be lying if I said I didn't. But no chills. The program goes on without Bob Wade."

Wade was hired Oct. 30, 1986 to replace Lefty Driesell, who resigned under pressure in the wake of the cocaine-induced death of Len Bias. With Wade going to Maryland, Pete Pompey came from the west side and Edmundson High School to the East Side Garden, as Dunbar came to be called.

"This was Bob's idea because he wanted to do something for the school," Pompey said. "We thought it would be a way to raise some money for Dunbar teams, but NCAA regulations didn't permit that, though we did accept donations. It gives East Baltimore an opportunity to see the University of Maryland. And these kids aren't bad."

This was only the second time Wade had been back since he was hired. Last November he returned to clean out his office, but did so on a Sunday when the school was empty to comply with NCAA regulations.

"It's important we allow the city of Baltimore to see that the University of Maryland is their team," said Wade. "For a long time, it's been considered a D.C. team. But it is a Maryland team and Baltimore is the major city in the state."

Derrick Lewis, who has yet to practice this season while doctors evaluate his high blood pressure, was on the bench tonight. Lewis could receive clearance to play within the next week.

"It's still day to day," Wade said. "But we're confident and upbeat that he will return as soon as possible."