11th-Ranked Maryland Uses Free Throw Line to Top Purdue, 69-60

• Today’s contest marked the first meeting between the two teams. Maryland had been the only Power-Six Conference school (Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, SEC, Pac 12, Big East) that Purdue had not faced.
• In the last two games, opponents are 52-of-62 (.839) from the free throw line. Purdue is just 16-of-27 (.593). Purdue has been outscored by an average of 18.0 points per game from the free throw line in the span, losing the two games by a total of 16 points.

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• Purdue won the rebound battle for the fifth straight game and is outrebounding its Big Ten opponents by 8.8 rebounds per game.
• No Big Ten opponent has shot over 43.6 percent from the field this year against Purdue (Minnesota – .436).
• Purdue fell to 9-2 this year when holding opponents to 69 or fewer points. Purdue has lost its last two games, allowing just 62 (Wisconsin) and 69 (Maryland) points.
• Over the last three games, opponents have just 16 offensive rebounds, resulting in 16 second-chance points. Maryland had eight offensive rebounds for four second-chance points.
• Purdue is now 3-5 in games decided by single-digits.
• Purdue hasn’t made more three-pointers than its opponent in the last seven games. Foes have made 56 three-pointers to Purdue’s 25 three-pointers in the last seven games.
• The inside duo of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas combined for just 12 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 4-of-11 from the field.
• Kendall Stephens recorded a career-high seven rebounds and tallied his 20th career (ninth of the season) double-figure scoring game. Stephens now has 106 career three-pointers.
• Jon Octeus has scored in double-figures in six straight games with a 10-point, six-rebound, three-assist effort against Maryland.
• Rapheal Davis tallied his 21st career double-figure scoring game with 12 points.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Kendall Stephens led Purdue with 14 points, but No. 11 Maryland bounced back from a loss earlier in the week, beating the Boilermakers 69-60 Saturday.

The balanced Terrapins (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) put four scorers in double figures. Jake Layman scored 14 points and Dez Wells had 13. Melo Trimble and Richaud Pack each added 11.

Coming off a 64-57 loss at Illinois on Wednesday, the Terrapins limited Purdue (10-7, 2-2) to 36.8 field goal shooting (21 of 57).

The Boilermakers lost for the 13th straight time to a ranked opponent.

Maryland won in its first visit to Mackey Arena.

A jumper by Pack and two free throws by Layman gave the Terrapins a 57-50 lead with 4:48 remaining. Trimble made two free throws with 3:48 remaining after a technical foul on Purdue coach Matt Painter.

A trio of 3-pointers – two from Vince Edwards and one from PJ Thompson – had kept the Boilermakers close at 51-47 with 7:04 remaining. But foul trouble to centers Isaac Haas and A.J. Hammons prevented Purdue from challenging Maryland at the rim.

Maryland used 3-pointers from Trimble and Pack to take a 13-4 lead with 14:26 remaining in the first half. Purdue pulled even at 26 at the break.

The Boilermakers got a rare five-point play with 2:08 left in the half when freshman Haas was fouled while making a layup, and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was called for a technical foul.

Stephens made the two technical foul free throws, and Haas sank his foul shot to push the Boilermakers into a brief 24-21 lead.

The Terrapins entered the game leading the Big Ten in opponents field goal percentage at 36.9 Trimble entered as the Big Ten’s second-best free throw shooter at 87.9 percent (109 of 124).

Purdue junior center A.J. Hammons entered as the Big Ten leader in blocked shots at 2.6 per game.

The Boilermakers were only 1 of 10 from 3-point range during the opening half.

Purdue travels to Penn State for a game next Saturday.

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