Purdue survives scare from Maryland with 1-point win at home
No. 3 Purdue narrowly avoided making it back-to-back losses on Sunday. Maryland led by as many as 12 points in West Lafayette, but the Boilermakers battled back to escape with a 62-61 win. The Terrapins led for just under 27 minutes (26:50) of Sunday’s Big Ten clash.
It was 59-59 before Purdue standout Jaden Ivey converted a 3-point play with 13 seconds to go.
.@IveyJaden‘s just a closer. 😤 pic.twitter.com/CCtEosskll
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An unusual turnover led to Maryland having the final shot. After Fatts Russell made 2 free throws to cut it to 62-61, Purdue was set to inbound with 7 seconds left. The refs called a dead ball after a clock issue interfered with the initial inbound attempt. Purdue passed the ball behind the line before the second inbound attempt, which was ruled a turnover. The Terps were unable to score on their final possession.
Maryland’s upset bid falls just short as they fall to Purdue 62-61. This was the look Donta Scott got to win the game. pic.twitter.com/kElatJgOJO
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Maryland led for over 15 minutes of the first half, but it was Purdue who took a 26-23 lead to the locker room at the break. The Terrapins closed the half on a 4:28 scoring drought, with their last lead of the period registering at the 3:25 mark (23-22). Purdue, meanwhile, finished on a 7-0 run.
Maryland came out strong in the second half, getting its lead all the way up to 12 points (48-36, 11:00). Purdue went on a run, though, battling back to retake the lead 49-48 at the 8:20 mark when Sasha Stefanovic hit a 3-pointer. From there, it was a tight battle to the buzzer.
The Boilermakers made just 2-of-9 3-point attempts in the first half. Their 3-point shooting improved in the second half, as they finished 8-of-20 on the day.
Purdue was led by Stefanovic with 17 points, while Zach Edey posted a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. Russell led all scorers with 24 points for Maryland.
Maryland was without its leading scorer, Eric Ayala, due to injury. Xavier Green got the start in Ayala’s absence.