Maryland point guard Pe’Shon Howard’s season is ending the way it began -- with an injury.
But the latest injury -- a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee -– is worse than the broken left foot that caused Howard to miss the first nine games of the season.
Howard returned and averaged 6.5 points per game and had a team-high 52 assists.
But on Thursday, Howard tore the ACL as well as some cartilage. Maryland said the flashy point guard from Los Angeles is expected to return next season.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon kept mum about the injury during his regularly-scheduled media session on Friday. Maryland said later that it was waiting for medical reports on the play.
The school said surgery is to be scheduled within the next few weeks.
"We're heartbroken for Pe'Shon," said Turgeon in a written statement. "He's done everything we've asked of him this season and he was playing very well. Obviously it's been a tough year for him, but he's a great kid."
His teammates sometimes call Howard — who is naturally theatrical — "Hollywood P." His return in December had allowed Nick Faust and Terrell Stoglin to return to their regular positions. They had been filling in at the point guard with Howard out.
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