'Behind Us,' Coach Says of Stoglin Tweet; Benched in Game, Player Vented Online

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Byline: Patrick Stevens, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with a late-game benching at Duke on Saturday.

It wasn't a lingering issue Wednesday for the Terrapins. Or the day before. Or the day before that.

Coach Mark Turgeon said the matter was handled before the team's flight back to Baltimore.

I said, 'It hurts you more than it hurts anybody else,' Turgeon said of his conversation with Stoglin. "'There's a lot of people following you on that. You hurt yourself today.' There's some other things we talked about between me and him. As far as I'm concerned, when we hit the ground in Baltimore Saturday night, it was behind us. The worst part about [it] is having to answer it with you guys.

Stoglin, who was benched for more than four minutes in the 73-55 loss, wrote, Loved sittin that bench today. [Smh] wow on his Twitter page. The tweet was deleted within an hour, and Stoglin apologized later in the evening and cited frustration with the loss as a reason for his initial actions.

Stoglin averages an ACC-leading 21.6 points for the Terps (14-10, 4-6 ACC), who play host to Boston College (8-17, 3-8) Thursday. Stoglin was not among the players Maryland provided for interviews Wednesday in advance of the game.

That isn't uncommon; nearly all of Stoglin's media interactions have come after games this season, though he did not meet with reporters after Saturday's setback.

Stoglin shot 4-for-16 against the Blue Devils and was flustered as Duke concentrated much of its defensive attention on him. It also came a day after Maryland learned point guard Pe'Shon Howard would miss the rest of the season with a torn right knee ligament.

Stoglin spent more time at the point Saturday than at any stage since Howard's return from a broken foot in late December. He and freshman Nick Faust likely will split the position going forward.

Turgeon said he could understand why Stoglin was frustrated at the benching.

He's never not finished a game, Turgeon said. He doesn't understand certain situations, and I tried to explain it to him. He calmed down. He's competitive. …