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Top Five: Maryland games under Lefty Driesell

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Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell will be honored Saturday during the Maryland-Clemson game. Here are five memorable games from the Lefty Era (1969-1986):

5. Maryland 101, Duke 82 (1980) ?» In this dunkfest at Cole Field House, Albert King, Buck Williams and Ernie Graham outgunned Gene Banks and Mike Gminski. Duke got the last laugh in the ACC title game, however, as Williams was undercut by Kenny Dennard on the game's defining play with no foul called.

4. Maryland 74, Duke 62 (1984)?» Lefty won his lone ACC title thanks to Len Bias. Angered by not making All-ACC as a sophomore, Bias scored 26 points in the conference title game, capturing MVP honors.

3. Maryland 31, South Carolina 30 (OT, 1971) » In the famed "stall game," Maryland held the ball against the zone of the No. STnS2 Gamecocks. At halftime the score was 4-3. Jim O'Brien hit the tying basket in regulation and the game-winning 10-footer with four seconds left in OT.

2. Maryland 77, North Carolina 72 (OT, 1986) » Bias scored 35 points and made an unforgettable reverse slam off an inbound steal as Maryland toppled No. 1 UNC, handing the Tar Heels their first lost at the Dean Dome.

1. N.C. State 103, Maryland 100 (OT, 1974) » The Terps shot 61 percent but lost for the third straight year in the all-or-nothing ACC title game as Maryland had no answer for 7-foot-4 Tom Burleson (38 points). The game has been called the best in college history and contributed to a format change the following year: The NCAA allowing multiple teams from one conference to make the tournament.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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