It makes sense that the team so heavily connected with Under Armour would be the one to be so expert at protecting its house.
Maryland remained undefeated in conference home games since joining the Big Ten by scoring a big come-from-behind victory over Purdue, 72-61, on Saturday afternoon in College Park.
The Terps' two transfers played the biggest parts. Rahseed Sulaimon scored a game-high 21 points, posting a double-double with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Robert Carter Jr. hit four of the seven made 3-pointers by both teams, finishing with 19 points in the win.
Maryland and Purdue had nearly identical shooting performances, the Terps shooting 40.7 percent from the field and the Boilermakers shooting 40.6 percent. Purdue suffered from an off day from 3-point range, going 3-for-25 from beyond the arc.
Nevertheless, the Boilers were in front for nearly half the game, getting a huge performance from A.J. Hammons, who finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth double-double of the season and second in as many games.
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The Terps had a modest lead for the first half of the opening period, the advantage touching eight points before the Boilers rattled off 10 straight, getting back-to-back triples from Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards and taking their first lead on a Hammons layup inside of eight minutes before halftime. The lead was three at the break, Hammons having accounted for 10 of his team's 30 points, while Carter accounted for 11 of his team's 27, hitting three 3s in the opening 20 minutes.
That lead, though, never got bigger than three, and Maryland was again in front not long into the second half. The Terps scored on three straight trips in the middle of the half while Hammons sat on the bench after picking up his third foul. But when the seven-footer returned, Purdue had a mini-surge, scoring six straight and retaking the lead. Four straight from Diamond Stone put the Terps back in front, then five straight from Rapheal Davis and Caleb Swanigan put the Boilers back in front, actually giving Purdue its biggest lead of the game at four.
But the back-and-forth action stopped when Maryland burst out on a 9-0 run inside of six minutes to play. Carter hit his fourth 3 of the afternoon to start the spurt, with Sulaimon, Melo Trimble and Stone contributing to what snowballed into a 16-2 run into the game's final minute. The dagger was an acrobatic three-point play by Sulaimon that made it a nine-point game before another free throw extended the lead to double digits.
Free throws were key for the Terps, who went 24-for-27 from the charity stripe. Maryland also turned nine Purdue turnovers into 10 points and had 12 fastbreak points, while there were dead heats in rebounding (37 for both sides) and points in the paint (Purdue barely edged Maryland, 36-32).
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Joining Sulaimon and Carter in double figures were Trimble, who finished with 14 despite going 2-for-12 from the field, and Stone, who had 12.
Hammons' 18 points led Purdue, with only Isaac Haas also reaching double figures with 10 points. But Edwards, Mathias, Davis and Swanigan all had at least eight.
The win elevated the fourth-ranked Terps to 21-3 on the season and 10-2 in the Big Ten. Maryland takes a four-game winning streak into Tuesday's odd non-conference game against Bowie State.
Purdue dropped to 19-5 overall and 7-4 in conference play with the defeat. Next up is another big one, a Tuesday-night showdown with Michigan State.