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The breakdowns — whether the eroding defense or the increasingly shoddy shot selection of Stoglin and freshman Nick Faust as the Illini seized control — clearly gnawed at Turgeon.

But it could have been much worse. And, indeed, it was a lot worse not too long ago.

“We’re getting there,” Turgeon said. “I couldn’t have been more proud sitting over there in the first half, the way they were executing and running plays and doing things. We looked a lot different than we did in Puerto Rico.”

The outcome remain the same, but at least the Terps looked competent against a team likely to contend for an NCAA tournament berth. And going forward into December — starting with Sunday’s date with Notre Dame in the BB&T Classic — that’s encouraging enough, at least for now.