John Anderson, an assistant Maryland attorney general who helped present the University of Maryland's appeal to the NCAA Division I Steering Committee, said yesterday the severity of sanctions against the Terrapins' basketball program was based "on lies" by former coach Bob Wade.

Anderson's assertion came shortly after a 70-minute hearing in Monterey, Calif., before the steering committee, composed of the 22 Division I members of the NCAA Council, which opened a three-day meeting devoted primarily to the agenda for the 1991 NCAA convention in January.

The steering committee's decision and an expanded infractions report, giving the committee's reasons for the severity of the sanctions, will be made public at the conclusion of the meeting Friday afternoon.

"It was too bad that the punishment had to be based on lies by university employees," Anderson said.

Anderson, who answered committee questions after campus president William E. Kirwan made a 20-minute oral presentation, did not mention Wade by name. But he replied in the affirmative when asked if he was referring to the coach who resigned under pressure in May 1989.

Wade has not commented throughout the investigation, which began in February 1989, and he could not be reached last night. But his wife, Carolyn, said, "I'm sure he won't have anything to say. He's fed up with it and wants to wipe it out of his mind."

A source said the extended infractions report shows that the committee based its findings in at least one institutional control issue on Wade's statements. That issue involved the education of Wade and his staff about NCAA rules, another source said.

Contacted by telephone later, Anderson said the issue about Wade's comments to the infractions committee was "a secondary part of the argument. . . . To say we based our appeal {on Wade's lies} would be oversimplifying a complex issue." The primary argument was procedural, that the infractions committee did not give Maryland notice of the seven additional citations for lack of institutional control in its final report, Anderson said.

Anderson said one NCAA rule says the infractions committee must give notice of any violations so the university can investigate and reply to the committee before penalties are imposed. The infractions committee, in a brief filed with the case, cited another rule that says violations uncovered during the infractions hearing may be included in the final report without giving notice.

"An element to fair play is giving notice," Anderson said. "Otherwise, it's an opportunity to be ambushed, and I think that's what happened to Maryland."

Anderson said the subject of Wade's comments to the infractions committee -- as cited in the March infractions report -- was made yesterday in an attempt to show Wade represented himself, not the university. Thus, the university contended it should not be penalized for lack of institutional control.

Maryland was found to have committed 27 violations in 13 categories, including the scalping of ACC tournament tickets; providing improper transportation for former guard Rudy Archer, who had flunked out of school and was considered a recruitable athlete; providing small sums of cash to players. Wade and three members of his staff were found to have violated the standards of ethical conduct, Wade specifically for lying to NCAA and university investigators and for attempting to cover up his involvement by asking others to lie.

Maryland, in its response to the letter of inquiry, proposed a two-year probation including a one-year ban from postseason play, a $470,000 reimbursement of its share of the 1988 NCAA basketball tournament revenues and the loss of two scholarships. The NCAA accepted those penalties, and added a second year of no postseason play, no live television this season and a third year of probation.Special correspondent Steve Hauk contributed to this report from Monterey, Calif.