Purdue Falls to Maryland, 56-55

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Courtney Moses was 3-of-3 from the three-point line.

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Courtney Moses was 3-of-3 from the three-point line.
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Dec. 2, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) -Lynetta Kizer scored 20 points to help No. 22 Maryland rally past Purdue 56-55 on Thursday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Alyssa Thomas and Diandra Tchatchouang each scored 12 points for the Terrapins (6-1), who trailed by 11 with 5:24 remaining. Maryland outrebounded Purdue 40-27 and scored 20 points off offensive rebounds.

Courtney Moses led Purdue with 12 points and five assists, but she also had seven turnovers and missed what could have been a game-winning shot in the closing seconds.

It was Purdue's first game since Nov. 21. The Boilermakers were scheduled to participate in the Caribbean Challenge at Playa del Carmen, Mexico, but the trip was canceled when forward Drey Mingo was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. She has been released from the hospital, but she missed Thursday's game against the school she transferred from last year and is out indefinitely.

Purdue led 21-15 after two free throws by Brittany Rayburn, but Maryland rallied with a 6-0 run. Moses made a 3-pointer with 1:10 left in the first half to give the Boilermakers a 25-23 lead. Maryland tied the game with a pair of free throws in the final minute, then Alex Guyton banked in a shot on an assist from Moses as time expired in the first half to give Purdue a 27-25 lead at the break.

Maryland led 37-34 before Purdue went on a 10-0 run. A three-point play and a 3-pointer by Moses helped Purdue take a 44-37 lead with 8 minutes remaining. A layup by Rayburn, on another assist from Moses, pushed the advantage to 51-42 and brought the crowd to its feet.

A 6-0 run by Maryland cut Purdue's lead to 53-48. Moses, who had left the game because she had four fouls, came back in and almost immediately had an assist to Guyton to push the lead back to seven with 4:10 to play and temporarily slow Maryland's momentum.

The Terrapins surged again. Two baskets by Tchatchouang cut Purdue's lead to 55-54 with 1:27 remaining.

Purdue's Antionette Howard missed a jumper, and Maryland moved quickly downcourt. Thomas' layup with 52 seconds left gave Maryland a 56-55 lead with 52 seconds to play.

Purdue had another chance, but Moses committed her seventh turnover with 36.5 seconds left.

Maryland looked for a shot, but turned the ball over with 8.9 seconds left, giving Moses and Purdue one more chance.