Maryland men's basketball couldn't finish a late comeback against Purdue, dropping a 83-79 game Saturday at Mackey Arena.
After it appeared the Boilermakers were running away with it, the Terps made a late run thanks to an incessant full-court press. Jake Layman tied the game at 76 on a layup with 2:12 left after a Rasheed Sulaimon steal, but Purdue took a three-point lead on an A.J. Hammons free throw and a Johnny Hill layup, and Maryland couldn't even it up again.
Big men A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas were too much for the Terps to handle from the very beginning. The 7-footers combined for 28 points and 10 rebounds, and the Boilermakers received an unexpectedly great performance from Dakota Mathias. The sophomore guard had 17 points, and made 3 of his 6 three-point attempts.
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Jake Layman was Maryland's most efficient offensive player, finishing with 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting.
Diamond Stone had a productive showing against Purdue's skyscrapers, finishing with 18 points. He was able to blow by Haas on a couple occasions, and added four blocks. He didn't have a perfect game, but most bigs don't against Purdue's length.
Offensive rebounding was again a huge problem for the Terps. Purdue finished with a 19-9 advantage in that department, which proved to be killer. The Boilermakers finished with 24 second-chance points.
Maryland got off to an even worse start than it did against Minnesota or Wisconsin, trailing 24-8 with 12 minutes to go in the first half. The Terps responded to Purdue's 12-0 run with a 7-0 run of their own. The Terps clawed their way back from a 16-point deficit to make it a 44-39 game at halftime.
Maryland stuck close to Purdue for much of the second half, and the Terps finally broke through. Things briefly spiraled out of control late, as the Terps continued to give up offensive rebounds and mixed in some turnovers. But an excellent press defense forced enough turnovers to make it a game late.
Three things to know
1. Maryland got off to a really slow start. The Terps had nothing going for them early, but somehow recovered to make it a game by halftime. This one looked over early, but Maryland came back to make a game of it.
2. Melo Trimble is still off. Maryland's star guard was still unable to hit shots from the field, and that once again proved to be the difference for the Terps. He missed several open threes and finished 4-of-12 from the field, though his 19 points did lead the team. He continued his dominance from the free-throw line, but missed a key foul shot late. His lack of production really hurt once again.
3. Maryland still couldn't rebound. Having less rebounds than an enormous team like Purdue is understandable, but the Terps really couldn't grab any boards Saturday. At halftime, Trimble was the only Terp with multiple rebounds, and the Boilermakers grabbed 19 of their 29 misses, which illustrates the futility Maryland experienced.