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“He’s got a crazy work ethic,” senior center Berend Weijs said. “He works whenever, even when he’s in a lot of pain. Ibuprofen doesn’t even work on his body anymore. I’m a good friend of his, and I’m very proud of him doing that. He’s fundamentally very good.”

That, coupled with the Terps’ lack of depth, created a break for Auslander he hopes to build upon — even if the idea of spending half the game on the floor wasn’t something even he expected.

“Realistically, no,” said Auslander, who scored six points Friday. “Every athlete, you have to have some confidence about you. I thought I could eventually earn some time. I never envisioned 20 minutes. It’s a great opportunity and I just want to keep working and getting better.”

NOTE:Turgeon said an MRI exam revealed a break in guard Pe’Shon Howard’s foot, meaning the sophomore will likely be out until late January. Turgeon said “significant healing” had occurred, and Howard is expected to undergo another MRI exam Dec. 7. He was hopeful Howard could remove his walking boot in two weeks.