Williams clamps down on talk Terps off-limits to media before N.C. State game

February 04, 1997|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland coach Gary Williams has decided to let his Terrapins speak with their actions rather than their words -- at least until further notice.

For the first time this season, Williams has put his players off-limits to the media before a game. The players will not be available before tomorrow's home game against North Carolina State.

The action came as a result of some remarks made by sophomore point guard Terrell Stokes before Saturday's 74-69 loss to second-ranked Wake Forest.

Stokes said that he didn't think freshman center Loren Woods would be much of a factor, and that Wake Forest's guards were susceptible to turning over the ball against pressure defenses.

"We're just focusing on N.C. State," Williams said yesterday. "There was too much said in the papers. There's a way to say things without getting into any individuals and some of our guys have to learn that."

After losses to Florida State and Wake Forest, Maryland (17-4, 6-3 ACC) will be trying to end its first two-game losing streak of the season when it meets the Wolfpack at Cole Field House. N.C. State won its first conference game last week when it upset No. 9 Clemson.

The Terrapins' two losses didn't hurt that much in the Associated Press poll of writers and broadcasters. In a week when several other Top 10 teams lost, Maryland fell to seventh after being fifth last week.

"I don't think there's any embarrassment in the two losses we had," Williams said. "You've got to play well at Florida State to win, and we didn't. We almost beat Wake Forest for the second time this year. There are a lot of positives."

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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