Saturday’s Big Ten: Maryland rallies, beats Purdue
College Park, Md. — Wrapping up a stretch of four tough games in 10 days, No. 4 Maryland switched into survival mode late in a Big Ten matchup with No. 18 Purdue.
Down 51-47 with 6 minutes left, the Terrapins cranked up the defense and turned to Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter Jr. on the offensive end.
The strategy worked. During an afternoon in which two of its most dependable players struggled to score, Maryland pulled out a 72-61 victory Saturday.
“We just keep figuring out ways to win,” coach Mark Turgeon said.
Star guard Melo Trimble went 2 for 12 from the field and senior Jake Layman scored only four points, yet the Terrapins won anyway.
“Defense, rebounding, executing late, getting to the foul line,” Turgeon said.
Maryland (21-3, 10-2) went 24 for 27 at the line. Purdue (19-5, 7-4) was 2 for 5.
Sulaimon had 21 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, and Carter contributed 19 points to help Maryland improve to 31-1 at home over the past two seasons.
Purdue led 51-47 with 5:58 left before Carter hit a 3-pointer to spark a 9-0 run that put the Terrapins ahead for good.
A three-point play by Sulaimon with 1:23 to go made it 61-53, allowing the Terrapins and their raucous sellout crowd of 17,950 to finally relax.
Maryland’s rugged 10-day stretch included home wins against ranked Iowa and Purdue, along with harrowing victories at Ohio State and Nebraska.
“We can actually take a breath now. I mean, it’s been a grind,” Turgeon said.
Carter went 7 for 10 from the field and made all four of Maryland’s 3-pointers. Trimble scored 14 by going 10 for 11 at the foul line.
A.J. Hammons had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Boilermakers. Purdue held the lead for much of the second half but lost its 12th straight against a top-five team on the road.
“When you’re on the road you’ve got to be better than we were,” coach Matt Painter said. “We had an opportunity to win the game and we weren’t really good in the last seven, eight minutes.”
Purdue went 3 for 25 from beyond the arc and lost for the first time in 10 games when Hammons leads the team in scoring. Isaac Haas, with 10 points, was the only other Boilermaker to reach double figures.
After going up by four, Purdue was outscored 25-10 the rest of the way.
“We had some poor decisions at the end of the game,” Painter said. “It was just a couple of plays, but that’s enough to get beat.”
Trimble’s first basket, with 10:53 left, put the Terrapins up 43-40.
Purdue responded with three straight field goals. The first two were from Hammons, who had just returned from a seven-minute stay on the bench with three fouls.
Hammons did not score again until after the Terrapins had gone ahead 56-51.
Diamond Stone followed Hammons’ basket with a dunk, Sulaimon added a three-point play and two free throws by Trimble made it 63-53 with 1:03 to go.
(At) Penn State 68, No. 22 Indiana 63: Brandon Taylor scored 11 of his 24 points with less than 10 minutes left. Devin Foster added 13 points and Shep Garner chipped in 12 for the Nittany Lions (12-12, 3-8 Big Ten), who ended a four-game losing streak.
Nick Zeisloft led Indiana (19-5, 9-2) with 14 points while Yogi Ferrell added 13.
Taylor nearly equaled their individual outputs when it mattered most. He sparked his team on a 21-15 run with a midrange shot with 9:34 left and hit his second of four 3-pointers on Penn State’s next possession. He followed with another 3-pointer moments later that gave Penn State a 55-50 lead.
The Hoosiers pulled it even at 58 on a pair of Thomas Bryant free throws, but the Nittany Lions took the lead for good on a Julian Moore layup that put his team up 64-61 with 1:13 remaining.
Garner hit four of six shots in the final 37 seconds to clinch Penn State’s win in a game that featured 14 lead changes and 13 ties.
(At) Nebraska 87, Rutgers 63: Andrew White had 21 points and eight rebounds and Nebraska ended a three-game losing streak. The win was overshadowed by an injury to Nebraska forward Shavon Shields. He was taken off the court on a stretcher with 8:49 left after he flipped over the back of Rutgers’ D.J. Foreman, landed on his shoulder and struck his head on the court.
The athletic department said in a statement late Saturday afternoon that Shields was released from a Lincoln hospital after a CT scan was negative. He will enter Nebraska’s concussion protocol.
Shields scored 17 points, Mike Jacobson added a season-high 13 and Ed Morrow had 10 for the Huskers (13-11, 5-6 Big Ten).
Freshman Corey Sanders scored 28 to lead Rutgers (6-18, 0-11), which has lost 26 straight against Big Ten opponents and are 0-15 all-time in conference road games.