The third-ranked Purdue Boilermakers hosted Maryland Wednesday night. Purdue started the game with a 9-0 and effectively kept the Terrapins at arm’s length through the remainder of the contest. Purdue exploited its strength in the paint early with center Isaac Haas scoring six of the first nine points.
Maryland did not threaten much through the rest of the first half. Purdue’s defense in the first half forced 11 Maryland turnovers. Sophomore Carsen Edwards led the Boilers with nine first-half points, and Purdue went to the locker room with a 35-24 lead.
After the break, Maryland came out hot behind the efforts of freshman Bruno Fernando and sophomore Kevin Huerter. Fernando, who ended the night with 20 points and 10 rebounds, used his quickness and athleticism down low to keep the Terrapins within reach of the Boilermakers throughout the second half. Huerter had a flurry of three-point shots which brought Maryland within three midway through the second half.
That was as close as Maryland would get. Purdue responded and stretched the lead back to ten and held on for the 75-67 victory.
For the second straight game, Purdue had a sub-par shooting night. Purdue shot only 44% from the field and 31% from beyond the arc. Haas once again came up big with 20 points and nine rebounds. Senior forward Vincent Edwards was physically ill prior to the game, and possibly during the game, but he still contributed eight points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.
Purdue extended its school-record winning streak to 18 games. Purdue remains undefeated in conference play and one game ahead of Ohio State. Purdue plays at Rutgers on Saturday at 4 pm.