According to a report from CSNBaltimore.com, the Maryland Terrapins have made the decision to reinstate junior guard Pe’Shon Howard.
Head coach Mark Turgeon announced the decision on Monday morning. Howard was held out of the Terps’ upset victory over Duke on Saturday evening, but was originally expected to miss up to three games.
The 6-foot-3 guard has had a down year in comparison to his first two seasons in College Park. After averaging 5.4 points per game as a freshman, Howard made an improvement in that category, lifting that offensive statistic to 6.5 in 2011-12. In 23 games this season however, Howard is averaging just 3.3 points per game. Howard’s bright spot though, is his 4.2 assists per contest on the year, which is tops on the team.
During the victory over Duke, Turgeon made the decision to turn to freshman guard Seth Allen in the back court. Allen played particularly well at the point guard position against Duke, helping lead the Terps to a needed, upset victory.
It remains unclear if Howard will come off the bench or start when the Terrapins hit the road to Boston College on Tuesday. Howard has bounced in and out of the Maryland starting lineup this season, but at this point in the year, the Terps are chasing a berth within the NCAA Tournament at 18-7 overall. A 6-6- mark in the conference got a huge boost with the victory over Duke, but there still plenty of work to do down the stretch here.
Following their trip to BC on Tuesday, Maryland will then play host to Clemson on Saturday. The Terrapins could have a much brighter path to the Big Dance if they can get to 20 regular season wins by this time next week.
Tip-off between Maryland and Boston College is scheduled for 9:00pm (EST) on Tuesday.
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