Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
Sport

Maryland lacks answers and suffers first loss in Big Ten at Purdue


Aaron Wiggins of Maryland loses the ball to Aaron Wheeler of Purdue on the left in the 62-60 loss to Terrapins at West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Maryland, which for the first time was in a truly hostile territory for this Big Ten campaign, had more than its share of concern on Thursday night.

For most of the night, whenever the occasion has allowed the temperature to rise in the comfortable Mackey Arena and Purdue's student section to begin to increase the volume of their beloved singing "Boiler Up Terps has found a way to reduce heat.

They could, however, keep boilermakers at a distance for so long. And when the Terps had to find one last answer to clear a late deficit, they did not have enough. a loss of 62-60.

Purdue (6-3, 1-1) made a decisive run of 7-0 at the end of the second period and the Terps (7-2, 1-1), who shot just 35% of the field, were cold in the last right. , failing to score a goal on the last 4 minutes of the match, 20 seconds.

Anthony Cowan Jr.'s third goal was partially blocked by Purdue's Nojel Eastern of Purdue, blocking defeat.

Cowan led the Terps with 18 points, but missed a lopsided three-pointer as the shot clock expired with 48 seconds left. The Terps only connected on 9 of the 27 shots beyond the arc, including 4 out of 14 in the second period.

Cowan had a pair of free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining and split two more in three seconds. His miss on the second of these free throws is out of reach of a Purdue player, staging a final drama.

Maryland led by six early in the second period, before Grady Eifert scored the third consecutive point of the Boilermakers to clear a six-point lead over Terps with 15:01 to go.

Purdue took his first lead of the second half with less than 12 minutes to play, but Aaron Wiggins responded with a three-pointer to put Maryland at 49-47.

Once again, Purdue responded. But as they had all night, the Terps responded.

Cowan's rider with 7:49 remaining broke the tie at 52 before Purdue – led by Carsen Edwards, who scored the highest point of the match with 20 points to go with 15 by Aaron Wheeler provided the Boilermakers with a 57-54 lead with 6:07 remaining. .

The Terps, who led up to eight times in the first period, led 34-30 at halftime. They shot 41% in the first period and forced Purdue to make 10 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Purdue committed only five turnovers in the second half.

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