CLEMSON, S.C. -- He is the smallest point guard in the Atlantic Coast Conference, overlooked and underrated when he was coming out of tiny Raeford, N.C.
McIntyre continued to be a nemesis for the seventh-ranked Terps yesterday, scoring 21 points in an 80-68 victory for the 10th-ranked Tigers at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Asked to explain his domination of Maryland the past two years, McIntyre had no quick answer. "I try to come out the same way every game and that's to play hard," said McIntyre, who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds.
McIntyre has averaged 18 points and nearly four assists in four games against the Terrapins, three of them Clemson victories. He had 13 points and five assists in last month's 67-63 win in College Park, but he hit a couple of big threes and some crucial free throws down the stretch.
As important as his second-half shooting was yesterday -- it included a four-point play and a three-point shot in a game-breaking 10-0 run by the Tigers -- was the fact that McIntyre had six assists and no turnovers in playing 38 minutes.
"It was very important what he did [against Maryland]," said sophomore forward Harold Jamison, who added eight points and five rebounds off the bench. "He was in a slump coming in and to shoot the way he did will really help him. When he's shooting that way, it's a no-win situation for the guy guarding him."
Said junior forward Greg Buckner, "He's the key to our team. If Boogie doesn't play well, neither do we. It's hard to stop him for 40 minutes."
Maryland sophomore Terrell Stokes did a pretty good job defensively in the first half, holding McIntyre to five points, and 0-for-3 on three-pointers. McIntyre hit his first three shots in the second half. By the time he cooled off, finishing 5-for-14 overall, .. the game was over.
"In the first half, they weren't running him off picks," said Stokes, who finished with five points, seven assists and two turnovers in 36 minutes. "When they did that in the second half, it made him harder to stop."
Said Maryland coach Gary Williams: "McIntyre really came out flying for them, and that kind of set the tone of the game their way."
In fact, Clemson coach Rick Barnes second-guessed himself for taking McIntyre out for a breather midway through the second half. With the Tigers unable to put the Terrapins away, Barnes put McIntyre in shortly after taking him out.
"After about 20 seconds, I didn't ask him if he was ready," joked Barnes. "I told him, 'You're ready.' "
As usual, especially against Maryland.
Pub Date: 2/09/97