No. 23 Purdue went into College Park on Saturday and picked up its fourth win over a ranked opponent this season, topping No. 17 Maryland 73-72 in a nail-biting finish.
The Boilermakers improved to 19-5 overall, 8-3 in the Big Ten, while Maryland fell to 20-3, 8-2. It was the Terps’ first game against a ranked opponent this season.
The Terrapins led by 12 points with 12 minutes to play, but the Boilermakers continued to hang around.
Much of that was thanks to sophomore forward Caleb Swanigan, who led both teams in scoring with 26 points, shooting 9-for-19 from the field while connecting on three 3-pointers.
Things looked rough for Purdue in the final minute, though, after Swanigan fouled out with 56 seconds left to play to send Terps guard Melo Trimble to the line. Trimble knocked down both of his free throws to put the Terrapins up 72-69, but again the Boilermakers continued to battle back.
Isaac Haas got to the line a few seconds later and hit two free throws to make it a 1-point game with 38 seconds to play. After a defensive stop, freshman Carsen Edwards drove to the basket and was fouled. He hit both of his free throws to put Purdue up 73-72.
The game featured an odd ending. With 2.1 seconds on the clock, Maryland threw a long pass dowhcourt. It was intercepted by the 7-foot-2 Haas, who held the ball high in the air before he was called for traveling. The Terps had one last chance, but missed a 3-pointer from the right baseline, giving the Boilermakers a huge Big Ten road win.
The loss knocked Maryland out of first place in the conference, and gives No. 10 Wisconsin the lead in the Big Ten. The Badgers (19-3, 8-1) host Indiana (15-8, 5-5) at 1 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised on CBS.
#Purdue has won four straight games against nationally-ranked teams for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
— Chris Forman (@ChrisForman12) February 4, 2017