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For all Stoglin didn’t do at times — exercise patience, work the shot clock, take smart shots in the second half — he’s a scoring streak away from giving the Terps a chance to win nearly any contest. He had 25 points Tuesday to surpass the 500-point plateau in just his 39th career contest. The last Terp to get there so quickly was Steve Francis in 30 games in 1998-99.

It’s not the only thing he did rapidly against the Illini.

“I caught myself just trying to rush the ball,” Stoglin said. “Coach pulled me out a couple times and got in my head and told me I needed to slow down.”

That, like Howard’s value to the Terps, also seems obvious just six games into the season if the Terps are to enjoy success in Turgeon’s first year.