Saturday was not a pretty day for Maryland junior Pe'Shon Howard.
Coach Mark Turgeon seems intent to chalk it up as just that: One lousy outing.
"Pe'Shon had a bad game," Turgeon said Monday. "He knows it. Next play. We're moving on. He had a bad game. Pe'Shon's done a lot of great things for us. He's going to do a lot of great things for us in the future. He just had a bad game."
Howard was scoreless and had no assists and seven turnovers in 14 minutes of work in a 62-52 loss at North Carolina. The turnover total was a career-high.
It was the latest tough day for Howard, who was the Terrapins' primary starting point guard throughout nonconference play but has come off the bench over the last three games. In ACC play, Howard is shooting 3-for-22 (13.6 percent) with four assists and 11 turnovers.
His best game of the stretch was last week against N.C. State, when he scored seven points, grabbed five rebounds and played 20 turnover-free minutes as the Terps (14-4, 2-3 ACC) beat a ranked team for the first time since March 2010.
"I don't think Pe'Shon fell apart because he really played great against North Carolina State," Turgeon said. "He was in there, he guarded [Scott] Wood, he was a big part of it. We're not getting a lot of assists because we're not making a lot of shots, so a lot of our stuff comes down to a guy having to beat somebody and get to the rim."
--- Patrick Stevens