Parade of defenders stops McIntyre march Terps use team approach to contain Clemson guard who beat them twice

March 08, 1997|By Don Markus | Don Markus,SUN STAFF

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- They chased him all over the court yesterday at the Greensboro Coliseum. By the time they were finished, the Maryland Terrapins had chased Terrell "Boogie" McIntyre and his Clemson teammates right out of the ACC tournament.

McIntyre, the 5-foot-9 sophomore point guard who had played a major role in both of his team's victories over Maryland this year, saw a parade of defenders in his face and at his feet. First Sarunas Jasikevicius. Then Matt Kovarik. And, for a little while, Terrell Stokes.

"I told the team that one adjustment Maryland would make would be to try to deny Terrell the ball," said Clemson coach Rick Barnes. "Their defensive intensity was to get on Terrell. They didn't guard our post guys at all. They had five guys playing him on every possession. He had nowhere to go."

Said Jasikevicius, who in addition to his defense had 14 points for Maryland: "We wanted to make it tough for him to drive. We wanted to make him shoot it from the outside, but even push him outside his range."

After McIntyre burned Stokes for 39 points in the two regular-season games -- including 23 in an 80-68 win at Clemson last month -- Maryland coach Gary Williams went to bigger, stronger defenders in able to get through the screens Clemson's big men set for McIntyre. He didn't score a point in the first half and finished with nine on 2-for-8 shooting.

Williams had seen Florida State do the same thing against McIntyre using James Collins, who, at 6-4, 190, is about the same size as Jasikevicius and Kovarik. They bullied their way through the high screens and used their height advantage to make it hard for him to shoot. When he beat them, they got help from Keith Booth and Obinna Ekezie.

"McIntyre is so good at penetrating, the first thing you've got to do is make sure that if he gets a screen, you've got to put a man and a half on him," Williams said. "We gave up a couple of layups trying to help him out with that man playing the screen, but we never let McIntyre get loose."

Said McIntyre, who didn't get his first basket until scoring on a three-point play early in the second half, "They didn't let me catch the ball easily. When I was able to catch one, they'd bump me a little and try to throw me off. They did a good job."

Not playing McIntyre at the defensive end also allowed Stokes to concentrate on running the offense, and not have to expend as much energy or risk losing confidence as happened in the first two games.

He also managed to take back some of the spotlight from McIntyre, who recently was named second-team All-ACC.

"I think it was good for Terrell [Stokes]," said sophomore guard Laron Profit. "He had been criticized a lot lately, and some of that was for what happened down there. He wanted to prove that he's just as good as McIntyre, and today he did. Today he was even better."

Barnes had only empathy for his point guard.

"It shows you what this guy means to our offense," the Clemson coach said. "I think he played his heart out. We just need some other guys to step up and give us some things."

Pub Date: 3/08/97

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