Maryland junior Pe’Shon Howard has been suspended, coach Mark Turgeon revealed before his Friday press conference. Howard, a 6-3 guard, will miss Saturday’s game against No. 2 Duke and will not be on the bench according to Turgeon.
The suspension is due to an unspecified off-court matter. Last April Howard was arrested for disorderly conduct outside a College Park restaurant. In his absence, freshman Seth Allen and sophomore Nick Faust will share the point guard duties.
“He’s got to make better decisions as he moves forward,” Turgeon said. “He’ll miss a game for this, at least one. When you get older, that stuff may get you fired. It’s one game at this point, maybe two, maybe three. I want him to learn from this.”
After missing a game against Florida State with the flu, Howard had played well. In Sunday’s 80-69 loss to Virginia, Howard sparked a second half rally, twice pulling the Terps to within eight points with baskets. In 27 minutes combined against Virginia Tech and Virginia, Howard had hit 3 of 5 shots, including his lone 3-point attempt, scored seven points, had four assists, a steal, and one turnover.
“The last two games he has played well,” Turgeon said. “I think not starting and coming off the bench in a more limited role took the pressure off Pe’Shon. I think he liked it.”
Now with his suspension indefinite, the pressure is on Howard to behave.