Re­sponse team

Terps cool off, but hold on to down Boil­er­mak­ers as Smith scores 18

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - SPORTS - By Don Markus

NO. 17 MARY­LAND 57, PUR­DUE 50

COL­LEGE PARK — The hang­over from the sea­son’s tough­est loss didn’t last long.

The Mary­land men’s basketball team had a per­fect an­ti­dote for what­ever malaise it could have felt four days af­ter a crush­ing de­feat at Wis­con­sin. The Terps came out fast Sat­ur­day against Pur­due as the ball moved, the shots fell and the lead quickly grew to dou­ble dig­its.

Mary­land needed its de­fense too. Af­ter see­ing an 18-point lead in the first half and a 16-point lead at half­time cut to just three, the No. 17 Terps locked down the Boil­er­mak­ers in the last three min­utes to hold on for a 57-50 vic­tory.

“We needed a win. Ob­vi­ously it’s an un­der­state­ment,” Mary­land coach Mark Tur­geon said af­ter­ward. “It’s a great win for us. We did a lot of things great. Prob­a­bly the thing we did best is, com­ing off a tough loss on the road, a game we prob­a­bly could have won, but we didn’t, our guys re­sponded.”

Sopho­more cen­ter Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) led Mary­land (14-4, 4-3) with 18 points and 10 re­bounds for his ninth dou­ble dou­ble of the sea­son. Fresh­man Donta Scott added a ca­reer-high 13 points and six re­bounds while sopho­more wing Aaron Wig­gins, in his se­cond straight game off the bench, added 12 points and seven re­bounds.

ROB CARR/GETTY

The Pur­due bench is de­jected as Mary­land’s Aaron Wig­gins cel­e­brates af­ter hit­ting a 3-pointer Sat­ur­day in a Big Ten show­down.

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