On February 27, 2016, Maryland lost its third of their last four games in a tough game against Purdue. With the win, Purdue advanced to 22-7 (Overall) and 10-6 (Conference) with the win over Maryland (23-6 Overall and 11-5 Conference).
Purdue entered the game 15-1 at home this year and continued their dominance at home with their victory. The Boilermakers jumped out to a quick start, hitting a deep two-pointer and two three-pointers to get an early seven point lead.
Purdue never looked back as they were able to extend their lead to 16. Their dominating performance continued throughout the first half but Maryland showed some resilience and fought their way back into the game.
Maryland kept scrapping their way back but whenever Maryland scored, Purdue was able to answer with an easy bucket.
Dakota Mathias, a sophomore guard for Purdue, added a spark off the bench as he came in and made the most of his minutes, scoring 12 points off of two threes and three fadeaway jumpers. Mathias came in the clutch towards the end of the half as he drilled a 15-foot jump shot as time expired. This basket gave Purdue a five-point lead going into the half as well as all of the momentum.
After the game Mathias said, “I made shots, and that helped open things up for A.J. Thus far, this was my No. 1 performance of my career. We played so well, and then we had a rough stretch. Had we lost this one, it would have been devastating” as reported by the official ESPN website. Mathias certainly picked a great time to have the best game of his career.
The game continued to be balanced in the second half with each team trading baskets. With nine minutes to go in the game, senior forward Jake Layman missed a dunk. This was a crucial play as that basket would have cut the lead to five.
Maryland struggled to rebound the ball, giving Purdue many second chance points which helped to increase the deficit. Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said, “The difference in the game was that we couldn’t rebound the ball, and they could” as reported by ESPN.
Maryland was down 10 with three minutes to go in the game. The Maryland players had to pick up the pressure and were able to cut the lead to six. With continued pressure on Purdue, Maryland got a steal and passed it to Jared Nickens for the three.
Nickens’ shot cut the lead to three. Maryland’s competitiveness allowed the team to tie the game back up. Purdue’s dominating inside game, rebounding, and overall team contribution was too much as the Terrapins comeback fell short with an 83-79 loss.
Melo Trimble led Maryland with 19 points and Diamond Stone added 18 points of his own. A.J. Hammons led the way for Purdue with 19 points and Dakota Mathias tallied 17 points of his own, according to the ESPN website.
After the game Purdue Coach Matt Painter said, “We got a little passive with our guard play, which allowed Maryland to get back in the game. We had played so well to build a double-digit lead. This was a big win against a very good top 10 team” as reported by the ESPN website.
Maryland looks to get their poor play back on track as the end of the regular season and the start of postseason nears.