Terps cool off, but hold on to down Boilermakers as Smith scores 18
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.
The Purdue bench is dejected as Maryland’s Aaron Wiggins celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer Saturday in a Big Ten showdown.