Maryland's PG Seth Allen returns from injury, debuts vs. Tulsa

Maryland's PG Seth Allen returns from injury, debuts vs. Tulsa
December 29, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Mark Turgeon searching for answers after loss to BU

(Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

COLLEGE PARK--Maryland sophomore point guard Seth Allen made his season debut on Sunday night against Tulsa at Comcast Center, coming off the bench and checking into the game with 15:45 to play in the first half.

He was greeted by a warm round of applause from the crowd.

Allen, who has been out of practice for the Terrapins since breaking a bone in his left foot in late October, underwent surgery just over eight weeks ago and was cleared by doctors to practice and participate in games this week.

According to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, X-rays this week showed that the bone that had been repaired by surgery had healed, no longer broken and allowing Allen to be cleared.

After being cleared, Allen participated in practice with the team on Friday and Saturday. A team spokesperson told CSN on Sunday that Allen experienced some soreness following Saturday’s practice, but it was not enough to put him off track.

His original timeline for a return to the court was 8-10 weeks, which means his appearance on Sunday night placed him at the early end of that sliding scale for a comeback.

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Without the sophomore in the lineup, the Terrapins have had mixed bag of performances from a shuffled deck of players at the position. Junior Dez Wells played out of position at the point to begin the season, but has been more effective having moved off the ball since.

D-III transfer Varun Ram started the second half against Ohio State and was in the starting lineup against Morgan State, but his minutes have decreased since.

Turgeon has settled on freshman Roddy Peters as the starter for now. The Maryland native is averaging 6.7 points and 3.8 assists per game.

Expect it to take time for Allen to work back to a regular starter’s workload, considering he has been out of game shape for eight weeks.

“It’ll be a process,” Turgeon said Saturday, tapering expectations for Allen’s return. “I don’t think we can expect him to play a lot of minutes [vs. Tulsa] and be fantastic. If he’s not sore and everything goes good, we’ll try to give him a few minutes each half and then just go from there.”

UPDATE 29 December 2013, 7:56 p.m.

Mark Turgeon had planned to play Allen "a few minutes in each half," but Allen was playing so well in the first that it made it difficult to take him out.

His first point came on the back end of a one-and-one. He then hit a layup and a pull-up three-pointer. After sitting for a time, he came back in with under two minutes to play in the half and hit another three to give him nine points in the half.

When he was in the game, the offense looked much more fluid and he helped to spark a 15-2 Maryland run over the course of 3:16 to cut a Tulsa lead from 15 points to just two.

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