Maryland point guard Pe'Shon Howard has been suspended for at least one game due to a violation of team rules, coach Mark Turgeon announced Friday afternoon.
“Pe’Shon Howard will not be suiting up tomorrow night," Turgeon said at the start of his press conference previewing Saturday's game vs. Duke. "He’s temporarily suspended from the team. We’ll reevaluate it after the weekend.
“He’s not making very smart decisions. We’ve got team rules you’ve got to follow. We’ll sit him out this game and reevaluate it on Sunday.”
Turgeon would not reveal what team rules Howard violated but did say it was not a culmination of recent events. The 6-foot-3 junior from Los Angeles will not be on the bench Saturday vs. Duke, and the suspension could last longer than one game.
"He’s just 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, if you mess up, you get fired. He’ll miss one game, maybe two, maybe three. I want him to learn from his decisions.”
Howard started 14 games for Maryland this season, but fell out of the starting five recently in favor of Seth Allen and Nick Faust. Howard has not started since the team's ACC opener vs. Virginia Tech.
On the year, Howard is averaging 4.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 22 minutes per game. Since the start of ACC play, though, Howard's averages have fallen to 2.5, 2.2 and 18.7, respectively.