Purdue battled Maryland for a 58-55 victory this afternoon in Mackey Arena. The win retains Purdue on prime of the Big10 with an 8-1 convention document (19-1 total) and pushes the Terps additional down the desk with a 3-5 Big10 document (12-7 total).
This appeared like a run away Purdue victory within the first half. The Boilermakers got here out scorching, that includes a balanced inside-out assault. A David Jenkins 3 on the 10:52 mark of the primary half gave the Boilermakers a 25-9 benefit. Maryland, regardless of wobbling, refused to go down, and managed to get their legs below them within the final 10 minutes of the second half. Julian Reese obtained occurring the within, and Zach Edey had a tough time with the agile huge man. What appeared like a runaway ended with Purdue taking a 35-21 lead into the half. Matt Painter’s group was nonetheless in agency management of the sport, however they did not ship the knockout punch.
The second half was all Maryland. Kevin Willard went to a trapping zone press, and an energetic zone within the half court docket. Purdue could not determine easy methods to assault. They began the half on a 7-0 run earlier than a Zach Edey dunk obtained the Boilermakers off the hook on the 17:55 mark of the 2nd half, making the rating 28-36. The subsequent 7 minutes noticed Maryland and Purdue play straight up. Zach Edey’s layup on the 10:12 mark gave Purdue a 37-46 lead heading into the ultimate 10 minutes of the sport.
Jahmir Young and Julian Reese led a Maryland comeback down the stretch, contributing 10 of the Terps’ 18 factors down the stretch, whereas Purdue went ice chilly from the sector. Even Zach Edey wasn’t immune, lacking a pair positive issues across the hoop and throwing the ball away out of a double group. Maryland lower the result in 51-54 earlier than two Braden Smith free throws pushed the Purdue result in 56-51 on the 4 minute mark. The Boilermakers would solely handle two extra factors the remainder of the sport. Fortunately, Maryland could not handle to hit photographs when it mattered, regardless of a pair beauty from 3 that might have tied the sport.
With the clock working down, Matt Painter elected to foul Jahmir Young as a substitute of giving Maryland an opportunity to tie the ball with a 3. Young hit each of his foul photographs, chopping the result in 1 with 5 seconds remaining. Braden Smith managed to shake free and seize the in-bounds move, drawing the rapid foul. He stepped to the road with 3 seconds remaining and knocked down each free throws to make sure Purdue additional time on the worst. Young missed a rushed 3 and Matt Painter and firm walked away with a tough fought victory on an off day.
If you are going to win the Big10, it’s essential to win video games when you do not play effectively. This was a kind of video games from Purdue.