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Sloppiness crept up everywhere, with freshman guard Seth Allen committing seven turnovers. Freshman Jake Layman didn’t play in the first half after failing to fulfill academic responsibilities. Forwards Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell offered little.

The starters weren’t much sharper, until a strong spurt to open the second half to put Monmouth away.

“We didn’t come out like our usual selves,” Wells said. “It was a learning experience for us. We’re a young team and we have to learn from us. This can’t happen again.”

Much of the coming two weeks will be dedicated to ensuring it doesn’t. There will be exams and trips home for Christmas, and only one game in a 16-day stretch.

That’s plenty of time for Maryland to earn a passing grade – except it will be done on Turgeon’s terms after Wednesday’s lethargic outing.

“We just weren’t ready, and that’s what it comes down to,” Turgeon said. “It’s good for me, because I get a lot of time to practice now, and I’m really looking forward to it.”