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  • Writer's pictureSean Vowells

Maryland knocks off Purdue with huge second half!

Thursday night’s Big Ten clash between Purdue and Maryland did not disappoint! The game quickly turned into a defensive battle, which clearly benefitted Maryland. The Terps trailed by 3 at the break but a second half fueled with runs were enough for them to grab the victory. Maryland knocked off Purdue 68-54 for the Boilers 3rd loss in the last 4 games. Those 3 losses were this one, away to Indiana, and away to Northwestern. Jahmir Young led the way with 20 points in 35 minutes of action for Maryland while Zach Edey and Braden Smith had 18 points each for Purdue.

Maryland has been very impressive, especially at home, in coach Kevin Williard’s first year in charge. The Terps sit at 18-8 overall and 9-6 in the Big Ten. Maryland is 14-1 at home this season, with their only loss coming to a top-10 ranked UCLA team in December. With the loss, Purdue falls 23-4 overall and 12-4 in the Big Ten. They are still in pole position to win the Big Ten Regular Season title. Maryland sits in 4th place, behind Purdue, Northwestern, and Indiana. Despite a tough stretch, Purdue is still in line to receive a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament while Maryland is projected to be on the 7 seed line.

Purdue will look to bounce back when they host Ohio State on Sunday. That game will be at 1:00pm and will be televised on CBS. Maryland will look to keep up the good play when they head to Nebraska on Sunday. Both teams have 5 more games on the season, and will head to the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, Illinois on March 8-12, 2023.

photo from: Maryland Athletics

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