Maryland men's basketball team stuns No. 3 Purdue 68-54
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Jahmir Young scored 20 points and Maryland used a dominant stretch in the middle of the second half Thursday night to rally past No. 3 Purdue 68-54 and deal the Boilermakers their second consecutive loss.
The Terrapins (18-8, 9-6 Big Ten) trailed 37-29 before erupting on a 29-4 burst to take control.
Hakim Hart added 13 points for Maryland, which defeated a top-three team for the first time since toppling then-No. 3 Iowa 74-68 on Jan. 28, 2016. Maryland improved to 14-1 at home this season.
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND - FEBRUARY 16: The Maryland Terrapins fans storm the court after a 68-54 victory against the Purdue Boilermakers at Xfinity Center on February 16, 2023 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Students stormed the court --- and one even climbed onto the basket --- after Maryland earned its fourth victory of the season over a ranked team. Exactly 10 years earlier, fans rushed onto the same court after Maryland beat then-No. 2 Duke.
Zach Edey and Braden Smith both scored 18 points for Purdue (23-4, 12-4), which has lost three of four --- all on the road.
The Boilermakers seemed headed for a bounce-back from Sunday’s 64-58 loss at Northwestern when it took an eight-point lead in the second half. But after a possession after a basket by Young, Purdue forward Mason Gillis was called for a foul and then was assessed a technical foul for arguing with official Doug Sirmons.
That effectively ignited a 10-0 spurt that prompted Purdue coach Matt Painter to call timeout. He tried to again stem the run when Hart hit a 3 to make it 50-41 — a 21-4 spree at that point.
Maryland kept surging after the timeout, and by the time Hart made another 3 with 7:15 remaining, the Terps were up 58-41 and Purdue faced its largest deficit of the season.
COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Hakim Hart #13 of the Maryland Terrapins shoots the ball in the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers at Xfinity Center on February 16, 2023 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Terps eventually pushed the advantage to 18 and never saw their lead cut to single digits the rest of the night against a team that was ranked No. 1 earlier this month.
Purdue: The Boilermakers’ recent struggles have all come against good teams, but they haven’t been as sharp as they were during their 22-1 start. There’s still time to sort things out before the postseason, and Purdue should get a boost from playing three of its final four regular-season games at home.
Maryland: The Terrapins improved to 8-0 in conference home games under coach Kevin Willard, who has re-energized the program in his first season since arriving from Seton Hall. Maryland also avenged an earlier loss for the third time this season; the Terps also split with Michigan and Wisconsin.
Purdue plays host to Ohio State on Sunday.
Maryland visits Nebraska on Sunday.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.