The Maryland Terrapins upset the No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers Thursday night at home, handing Purdue its second straight loss as maddening fans stormed the field to celebrate.
Maryland trailed 37-29 early in the second half, but went on a 29-4 run to defeat Purdue, 68-54.
It was the fourth top-25 win of the season for the Terrapins, but the first top 3 win since 2016.
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And the Maryland faithful understood The assignment.
The Terrapins got 20 points from senior Jahmir Young to move to 9-6 in conference play.
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«I knew we were going to win,» Maryland head coach Kevin Willard said. «This was not a surprise to me. This is an amazing show. It’s one of the best shows in the country. I thought it was important for the fan base and it was important for students to understand what this show is really about.» about.»
For Purdue, Thursday night was the second loss in a row to an unranked opponent, with the Boilermakers falling to Northwestern on Sunday.
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Purdue got 18 points from Zach Edey and Braden Smith, but Maryland outrebounded them, 35-23.
«We have to be tougher,» Purdue coach Matt Painter said. «You have to come here and win the battle for possession. You have to have more rebounds and fewer turnovers. Now you can start right there and work towards something. We didn’t do that. You have fewer possessions and now you don’t shoot well, oh, It’s going to be a long night against a quality team.»
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Purdue is likely to fall further in the polls after falling from No. 1 following its loss to Northwestern.
Associated Press contributed to this report