Terps 3-0 when Howard starts at PG
Maryland Coach Gary Williams has experimented with a half-dozen variations on his starting lineup this season. But the one used in the Terps’ 91-70 romp over Wake Forest Saturday—with guards Adrian Bowie, Sean Mosley and Pe’Shon Howard complementing the front court of center Jordan Williams and forward Dino Gregory—is unbeaten, with a 3-0 mark.
Howard, the 6-3, 195-pound freshman point guard, was particularly impressive against Wake, dishing out a season-high eights assists (with just one turnover) in his 32 minutes work. Along the way, he scored nine points—including a 3-pointer just 25 seconds into the game that set an aggressive, emphatic tone early.
Coach Williams credited Howard with sparking the team’s energy out of the gate.
“If you bring energy in basketball, it is contagious,” Coach Williams said. “It’s a small area—94 feet--so, you pick up on that. It’s easy to pick up on that when you have guys like Pe’Shon at the start of the game, they way he was playing.”
The Terps also got a good boost from Bowie and freshman Hauk Palsson, who added 13 and a season-high nine points, respectively.
Howard, for his part, says he relishes the role of distributing the ball. “I don’t really dunk as well as Jordan or Dino,” he conceded, “so they make me look good.”
There’s also the matter of pride.
“I want the team to do well,” Howard said. “I don’t want it to seem like the seniors do their part, and Jordan [Williams] does his part, but the freshmen or point guards are letting us down. Terrell [Stoglin] and I put a lot of pressure on ourselves. We just want to come out and make the right plays and finish strong for the team.”
Maryland (15-8, 5-4) has won three of its last four games and is tied for fourth in the ACC standings (with Boston College, Virginia Tech and Clemson).
Of the seven ACC opponents remaining on the Terps’ schedule, four have winning records at the moment in league play: Boston College (5-4), Virginia Tech (5-4), Florida State (6-3) and North Carolina (7-1).
| February 7, 2011; 9:11 AM ET
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