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Injured Maryland guard Pe’Shon Howard to undergo surgery Tuesday

Pe’Shon Howard is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Tuesday in Baltimore, according to a team spokesman. It’s the next step toward his return to Maryland’s lineup next season.

Howard had started 12 games for the Terps at point guard this season after recovering from a broken left foot suffered in late October. Known as a speedy healer, he’s guaranteed nonetheless to miss the last six games of the regular season, in which Maryland (14-10, 4-6 ACC) faces three ranked teams (home-and-away against No. 22 Virginia, and at No. 8 North Carolina).

Thursday’s game against Boston College (8-17, 3-8) is expected to be a tough test for the Terps’ back court. While the Eagles have lost seven of their last eight, they lean heavily on the long-range shooting ability of junior guard Matt Humphrey, who has taken a team-high 139 shots from beyond the arc.

Howard was Maryland’s most active defender, and his absence leaves an opening that Coach Mark Turgeon is trying to fill through a combination of freshman Nick Faust and leading scorer Terrell Stoglin. The vacancy also creates an opening for 6-foot-5 swingman Mychal Parker to prove his value to the team. Parker scored a season-high 12 points (including 6 of 6 free throws) in his 21 minutes during Saturday’s 73-55 loss at Duke. Turgeon liked Parker’s offensive efficiency but wants him to become “a more disciplined defender.”

Howard’s injury, suffered in practice Feb. 9 on a spin move that didn’t involve contact, came at a bad time for the Terps, who had started to build momentum following their first victory on the road at Clemson.

“I feel for Pe’Shon; I also feel for the team,” said Turgeon, a former point guard, earlier this week. “No one expected us to be any good. I thought we were starting to be a lot better than everybody thought we were going to be. We had a chance to win a lot of games down the stretch. We still get to play the games; we still have a chance. It’s just tough; it’s hard. Pe’Shon wasn’t really a true point guard but was doing a heck of a job for us there. It’s hard when you don’t have a true point guard, to figure out how to get things done.”

Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.
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