Maryland 61 — Purdue 60
COLLEGE PARK (AP) — Eric Ayala made two free throws with three seconds left, and Maryland scored the final six points to rally past No. 24 Purdue 61-60 on Tuesday night, ruining the Boilermakers’ season debut in the Top 25.
Purdue led 60-55 with 1:43 remaining before Darryl Morsell drilled a 3-pointer and Ayala finished up with three free throws. Ayala made 1 of 2 at the line with 48 seconds to go and hit the final two after missing a layup, collecting his own rebound and getting fouled by Jaden Ivey.
Purdue then committed a turnover before attempting a final shot.
Aaron Wiggins had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland (10-8, 4-7) and Ayala scored 16. The Terps went 8 for 13 from beyond the arc in the second half after going 1 for 12 from long range over the first 20 minutes.
Trevion Williams had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Boilermakers, whose three-game road winning streak ended.
The Boilermakers built a 36-30 lead before successive 3-pointers by Ayala and Wiggins tied the game for the ninth time. After Williams popped a jumper, Wiggins drilled a lengthy 3 to give Maryland its first lead since 9-8.
Purdue’s visit to the Top 25 could be a brief one. Losing on the road in the Big Ten is usually acceptable — except when it comes in this fashion against a team hovering around the .500 mark.
Purdue: The Boilermakers thought they had finally turned the corner and reached a level of consistency. Evidently not.
Maryland: This solid effort, along with a forgiving schedule over the final month, gives the Terrapins hope of making a late rush heading into the Big Ten Tournament. The only ranked team left on Maryland’s schedule is Ohio State at home.
The Boilermakers were without guard Sasha Stefanovic, who missed a second straight game following a positive test for COVID-19. Stefanovic is Purdue’s second-leading scorer and the Big Ten’s leading three-point shooter by percentage (45.6).
Purdue: The Boilermakers hope to have Stefanovic back for Saturday’s home game against Northwestern, which remains winless in 2021 (0-8).
Maryland: The Terrapins visit Penn State on Friday night, the first of two meetings between the schools.