Boilers Survive and Defeat Maryland 73-72

The Boilermakers played a wild game Saturday afternoon at College Park, Maryland. After winning the opening tip, Maryland started to roll right over Purdue and were up 11-2 in about three minutes while the only points Purdue had were from free throws. Purdue, an excellent shooting team, at one point was 0-7 on three point attempts. Eventually, though, Matt Painter found a combination of guys that was able to battle back. The first half ended with Maryland up 36-34.

 

Somehow the second half managed to be even more dramatic. Large scoring runs by each side swayed the feel of the game between the teams. Carson Edwards made two clutch free throws with 2.1 seconds left to put the Boilers ahead 73-72. The following inbound pass was intercepted by Isaac Haas near mid court when, without thinking, he took a step and traveled, resulting in a turnover. Maryland was given .5 seconds for a chance to win the game. The inbound allowed a three-point shot from the corner but, fortunately, it bounced harmlessly off the rim.

 

The win was Purdue’s first win on the road against a ranked opponent since they faced Wisconsin in 2013.

 

Caleb Swanigan proved yet again why he is the best player in college basketball as he posted 26 points and 10 rebounds, his 20th double-double of the year.

 

Maryland’s Melo Trimble proved again why is he is one of the best guards in the country as he posted 22 points, making 14-15 from the free throw stripe.

 

The game stats were as close as the score indicated. Maryland slightly outshot Purdue from the field 39.7% to 38.1%, both teams turned the ball over 11 times, and Purdue out rebounded the Terrapins 40-37. The only major difference in the game statistics was that Purdue shot 40.9% from beyond the arch while Maryland shot only 21.1%.

 

This was as big of a win for the Boilermakers as it was a loss for Maryland. The win knocked Maryland out of first place in the Big 10 standings and kept Purdue’s chances alive for another game.

 

The Boilers’ next game is Thursday, February 9th at 7:00pm against Indiana. A detailed preview of the game will come out early in the week.

 

Wisconsin faces IU tomorrow at 1:00pm on CBS. A loss for Wisconsin would make the run to the end of the season even more exciting.

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