CLEMSON, S.C., FEB. 10 -- Cliff Ellis was nothing short of disgusted, while Bob Wade was relieved. Tim Kincaid thought he was wronged, while Teyon McCoy thought he had made a smart, clean play at an extremely crucial moment.

There are usually two versions of events in every game and Maryland's 70-66, come-from-behind victory over Clemson tonight in front of 7,224 fans at Littlejohn Coliseum was no exception.

Clemson (11-10, 1-7) came into the game with an injury-riddled team that wasn't all that great to start with, and the Tigers were on the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference. With Maryland (13-7, 4-4) also missing a key player in Brian Williams, the Tigers thought they might be able to snatch a victory. And they very nearly did.

The score was tied at 66 with 56 seconds left, and Maryland had the ball. With 30 seconds left in the game and :21 on the 45-second clock, Maryland called a timeout. Then, the Terrapins worked the ball around before Rudy Archer launched a 23-foot three-point shot with about :15 left in the game.

The ball bounded off and was rebounded by Clemson's Elden Campbell, who threw an outlet pass to Kincaid on the wing. Kincaid took two dribbles and was stripped of the ball by Teyon McCoy, who then tossed up a three-point shot. It also bounced off, but this time Tony Massenburg grabbed the rebound and scored to give the Terrapins a 68-66 lead with nine seconds left.

The Tigers had time to get off a shot to tie, but McCoy, Maryland's best defensive guard, again came up with a steal. He intercepted Grayson Marshall's pass and was fouled with :01 remaining. McCoy, the only Terrapin shooting over 80 percent from the line, hit both ends of the one-and-one.

"Any time you go on the road, it's good to be able to win," Maryland Coach Wade said. "{Even} by half of a point."

Clemson Coach Ellis was outraged at the officiating, or lack thereof, in the final seconds, and when the buzzer sounded, he followed the officials off the floor. His gripe was with McCoy's theft from Kincaid, who happens to be Clemson's best foul shooter (86.4 percent).

"That's one where we should've been at the line," said Ellis, lips pursed and jaw tight. "I've already looked at the videotape. We should've been at the line with our best free throw shooter. I don't care how you cut it -- that wasn't right. I'll be glad to show it to you. It wasn't even close."

Kincaid, who had hurt Maryland with 13 points, agreed. "Definitely," he said when asked if he felt he was fouled. "After playing the way we did, to lose like that . . . it's hard."

A clean swipe, said McCoy.

"I was guarding him for awhile earlier and I was studying him," said McCoy. "I saw that on the break he was not always in full control and he often crossed over on the dribble. That time he dribbled once, then again and crossed over my face. I felt like I got all ball."

In the first half, there were five lead changes, and Maryland took a 34-33 lead to the locker room. In the second half, Clemson took a 44-38 lead with 12:45 left as Maryland went 6:19 without scoring.

Maryland was down, 61-54, with four minutes left. Derrick Lewis -- who led Maryland with 16 points and hard work in defending Clemson center Campbell (game-high 23) -- had picked up his fourth foul two minutes earlier, but Wade left him in. "No sense taking him out," Wade said. "The game was then, right there."

The Terrapins made a 10-2 run, Archer's two free throws providing a 64-63 lead with 1:51 left. At 1:33, Grayson Marshall's basket gave Clemson its last lead, 65-64.

Massenburg then came through for Maryland. He followed up his own miss to give Maryland a 66-65 lead with 1:09 left, and then after Dale Davis' free throw tied it at 66, Massenburg (14 points) again scored off an offensive rebound. The Terrapins are last in the ACC in rebounding, but tonight they got them when they needed them.

"We knew that, too," Massenburg said of the team's weakness. "Our goal was to rebound a lot better."

"I don't think we could have {afforded a loss}," Wade said of what a loss might have done to his team's NCAA tournament chances.