Purdue took on Maryland for a 58-55 win at McKee Arena this afternoon. With this win, Purdue maintains his Big 10 lead with his 8-1 conference record (19-1 overall) and Terps his 3-5 record in the Big 10 (12-7 overall). further lowered its rank.
This looked like a win for the escaping Purdue in the first half. Boilermakers came out hot, featuring a well-balanced inside-out attack. David Jenkins 3 at the 10:52 mark of the first half gave the Boilermakers a 25-9 advantage. Despite teetering, Maryland refused to go down and managed to put their feet down in the final ten minutes of the second half. I struggled with the big man. What appeared to be a runaway ended with Purdue taking a 35-21 lead at half. Matt Painter’s team still had solid control of the game, but the knockout he couldn’t land a punch.
The second half was all Maryland. Kevin Willard went to the trapping zone press and half court active zone. Purdue could not figure out how to attack. They started the half with a 7-0 run to make the score 28-36 before a Zach Eady dunk brought the Boilermakers off Schneid at the 17:55 mark of the second half. His next seven minutes saw Maryland and Purdue play straight. His Zach Edey layup at the 10:12 mark gave Purdue a 37-46 lead heading into his final ten minutes of the game.
Jermir Young and Julian Reese led Maryland’s comeback, scoring 18 points to Tarp’s 10, but Purdue was ice-chilled off the field. Even Zach Edey wasn’t immune, missing a few surefires around the hoop and throwing the ball out of a double team. Maryland cut the lead to 51-54, before two Braden Smith free throws pushed Purdue’s lead to 56-51 with four minutes to go. The Boilermaker says he only manages two more points in the rest of the game. Luckily, Maryland couldn’t get a shot when it mattered, despite some good looks from 3 that would have tied the game.
With the clock running out, Matt Painter chose a foul on Jameel Young instead of giving Maryland a chance to tie the ball at three. Young hit both foul shots to cut the lead to one with five seconds remaining. Braden Smith managed to break free, grabbed the inbounds pass, and drew an immediate foul. He stepped on the line with three seconds left and knocked down both free throws to ensure overtime for Purdue at worst. Young missed his 3 in a hurry and Matt his painter and company emerged victorious in a hard-fought day off.
To win in the Big 10, you have to win the game when you’re not feeling well. This is his one of Purdue’s games.