By Krista Bliumentalis
After losing their second game earlier on in the week to Illinois, the Maryland men’s basketball team improved their record to 15-2 by defeating Purdue at Mackey arena.
Leading the Terrapins (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) was junior forward Jake Layman with 14 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, and two steals. Following Layman was senior guard Dez Wells with 13 points. Along with this duo, both Melo Trimble and Richaud Pack scored 11 points, which put four scorers for Maryland in the double figures.
Ending the first half with a tied score and early foul trouble, the Terps came back in the second half more composed as they built their lead back up to nine points. Head Coach Mark Turgeon contributed to the Terps early foul trouble when he received a technical foul- his second for the Terps in their four completed Big Ten games. Turgeon’s technical, however, prompted a fiery response that helped the Terps secure the win.
Maryland’s win was aided by their depth from key bench players that combined to score 28 of their points in the 69-60 victory over the Boilermakers.
The Terps have held eight of their last nine opponents to a sub-.400 shooting percentage. Therefore, limiting Purdue (10-7, 2-2 Big Ten) to a 36.8 field goal shooting percentage was key for the Terp’s victory.
Next, the Terps will return back home to College Park where they will face another Big Ten opponent, Rutgers. Tip Off is at 7 p.m. at the Xfinity Center.