Charles Mitchell

Maryland's Charles Mitchell drives against Virginia Tech's Joey Van Zegeren at Comcast Center. (Kenneth K. Lam / The Baltimore Sun / March 4, 2014)

COLLEGE PARK — Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Saturday that sophomore forward Charles Mitchell served his punishment for having words with assistant coach Scott Spinelli on the bench Tuesday by sitting out the last 24 minutes of the team’s victory over Virginia Tech.

Asked if he considered discliplining Mitchell further, Turgeon said after practice: “I did disclipline him, I kicked him off the bench. He paid his dues. I did a lot of homework on it. He paid his dues. I don’t want to get into it too much, but Charles has been off court … he does a lot of things right.

"He gets a little too emotional in games. He was embarrassed by it. He was embarrassed when you have to leave the bench and go to the locker room. He needed it. Hopefully, it’ll help him grow up a little bit.”

Turgeon said that Mitchell has been “great” in practice the past two days, but wouldn’t say whether Mitchell will start Sunday against No. 5 Virginia in Maryland’s last Atlantic Coast Conference home game. If Mitchell doesn’t start, it appears that sophomore Shaquille Cleare would.

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