Point guard Pe’Shon Howard will sit out tonight’s game here at Florida State because of the flu, a Maryland athletic department spokesman said. Zack Bolno said Howard remained in College Park after the team left Tuesday.

Howard had lost his starting job three games ago when second-year coach Mark Turgeon moved sophomore Nick Faust (City) to the point. Howard played 21 minutes in Saturday’s 84-64 loss at Duke because freshman guard Seth Allen was benched for disciplinary reasons and played just 10 minutes.

Despite Howard’s shooting woes this season (19 of 71) and a career-worst performance at North Carolina (seven turnovers, no assists and no points in 14 minutes off the bench), Turgeon said that he was happy with the junior’s defensive work in Maryland’s win over North Carolina State two weeks ago.

With Howard unavailable, Allen will likely go back to playing more point against the Seminoles. There is also a strong possibility that Turgeon will move sophomore Dez Wells from the wing to spell Faust at the point.