COLLEGE PARK, Md. – After every game this season, Terps Head Coach Mark Turgeon has talked about how much his Maryland team was making progress, and how much he loved coaching this team.
Well, after winning their first road game of the season Tuesday at Clemson, the Terps got some bad news:
Sophomore point guard Pe’Shon Howard tore his ACL in his right knee Thursday in practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
“We’re heart-broken for Pe’Shon,” Turgeon said Friday. “He’s done everything we’ve asked of him this season and he was playing very well. Obviously, it has been a tough year for him, but he’s a great kid.”
University doctors anticipate surgery to be scheduled within the next couple weeks and Howard is expected to return next season.
Howard missed the first nine games of the season with a broken foot. He worked hard and returned earlier than the doctors had originally thought. When he returned, the sophomore gave the Terps a much-needed boost and allowed freshman Nick Faust to concentrate on his natural position and not have to play point guard.
Howard was averaging 6.5 points per game and had a team-high 52 assists, despite missing significant time.
With Howard out, look for Faust and Terrell Stoglin to once again handle the point guard duties. This comes at a time when Stoglin is playing the best basketball of his career and has jumped to fourth in the nation in scoring.
This loss is a major setback for the Terps — who have been playing their best basketball of the season (14-9, 4-5). The team has fought and battled all year and held a double digit lead against North Carolina last week at Comcast Center before losing by nine.
The Terps have a date with Duke on Saturday at Cameron Indoor.