MBB Tops Maryland in B1G Opener
Dec. 01, 2017

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• Purdue defeated Maryland 80-75 in the Big Ten opener for both teams ... the win improved Purdue to 68-45 in Big Ten openers, including 9-4 under Matt Painter ... Purdue has won eight of its last nine Big Ten openers.
• Purdue now leads the all-time series with Maryland 3-2 and has won three straight games with the Terrapins ... two of the wins have come on the road.
• Head coach Matt Painter is now 297-149 in his 14th year as a head coach ... his 128 Big Ten wins are the 16th most in Big Ten history.
• Purdue now has four top-60 KenPom wins on the season (Marquette, Arizona, Louisville, Maryland), tied for the most in the country with Texas A&M ... two of the wins (Marquette and Maryland) have come on the road.
• Purdue's starters scored all 80 points.
• Purdue has won 10 straight games in the month of December.
• Purdue has now won 60 games since the start of the 2015-16 season, the 12th program nationally to reach 60 wins in the last three years.
• Since the 2006-07 season, Purdue is now 54-52 in true road games, the third-most wins in the Big Ten during that span.
• Since the start of last year, Purdue is now 23-2 when shooting at least 48.0 percent from the field.
• Purdue improved to 17-2 all-time when Dakota Mathias and Carsen Edwards score in double-figures.
Dakota Mathias recorded his third career 20-point game with 20 points, nine assists and five rebounds ... he nearly became the first player since Troy Lewis in 1987 to record a 20-point, 10-assist game .. he moved into seventh place past Cuonzo Martin on the career 3-pointers made list with 181 ... Mathias is now shooting 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from 3-point range on the season, and averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Isaac Haas scored 21 points with five rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots ... he went 10-of-13 from the field.
Vincent Edwards recorded his eighth career double-double with 10 points, 11 rebounds and four assists ... Edwards became the 24th player in school history with 600 rebounds (now with 601).
Carsen Edwards scored 18 points with six rebounds, surpassing 500 career points in the victory ... his six rebounds tied a career high.
P.J. Thompson scored 11 points and had just one turnover ... he has now had zero or one turnover in 94-of-109 career games, including all nine this year.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) If Purdue's conference opener was any indication, the Boilermakers are in for a heck of a ride in their bid to win a second straight Big Ten regular season title.

Isaac Haas scored 21 points, Dakota Mathias added 20 and Purdue blew several seemingly secure leads in an 80-75 victory over Maryland on Friday night.

The Boilermakers (7-2, 1-0) squandered a 14-point advantage, then let a 10-point cushion shrink to 62-60 before Mathias and the 7-foot-2 Haas took over.

Mathias made a pair of foul shots and Haas had seven points in a 10-2 surge that finally gave Purdue some separation.

It was 76-68 with 58 seconds left before the Terrapins launched their final comeback. Anthony Cowan made a 4-point play, then a 3-point play to cut the gap to 78-75.

Shooting with a chance to tie it, Jared Nickens missed badly on a jumper from the corner, and Purdue's P.J. Thompson clinched it with two free throws.

''We were pretty fortunate to get out of here with a W,'' Purdue coach Matt Painter said.

Haas was instrumental in the victory, going 10 for 13 from the floor, grabbing five rebounds and blocking four shots.

Carsen Edwards scored 18 for the Boilermakers, who got all their points from the five starters. Purdue has won three straight since losing to Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

''Our guys have been resilient,'' Painter said. ''We've just got to keep fighting and figuring out ways to win.''

Cowan scored 20 and Kevin Huerter had 19 for Maryland (6-3, 0-1). Darryl Morsell went 3 for 16 from the floor, Justin Jackson went 1 for 8 and the Terrapins shot 35 percent in their first home loss.

''They're just much further along than we are,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said of Purdue. ''They had a summer tour for about a month. And it showed. They were terrific. They have four seniors - guys that have played a lot of minutes for them, won a lot of games for them.''

Maryland has dropped three of four.

The Terrapins scored the first seven points after halftime, the last of them on a 3-pointer by Huerter, to take their first lead at 44-43.

Soon after that, Turgeon was given a technical foul for protesting a call on the Terps' end of the court. Vincent Edwards made both free throws as part of an 11-0 run that made it 54-44 with 15:50 to go.

The Terps came back, but the Boilermakers never folded.

''We were able to execute down the stretch and get some stops,'' said Purdue forward Vincent Edwards, who chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds. ''We put ourselves in a bad position late in the game but we were able to pull it out.''

Maryland trailed by 14 points in the first half before closing with a 10-3 run to make it 43-37 at the break.

''We just weren't ready at the start. We fell behind,'' Turgeon noted. ''I loved the way we finished the half and loved the way we started the second half. And I loved the way we battled.''

Mathias scored 18 and made all seven of his field goal tries in the first half, including four 3-pointers, and Haas added 12 points on 6-for-7 shooting.


The Boilermakers start four seniors, which helped immensely down the stretch.

''That comes with our experience as a team,'' Vincent Edwards said. ''We won here last year. We knew what it takes, we knew what we had to do.''


Purdue: A solid performance by the Boilermakers on the road bodes well for the team's effort to get back into the Top 25 and defend its Big Ten title.

Maryland: The Terrapins' inability to win close games has proven costly. Although Maryland rallied past Bucknell on Nov. 18, their three losses are by a combined nine points.


Purdue: Hosts Northwestern on Sunday.

Maryland: At Illinois on Sunday night.


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