The 24th-ranked Maryland Terrapins used a second half burst to defeat the 12th-ranked Purdue Boilermakers 70-56 at an ecstatic Xfinity Center.
Down 38-30 at the half, Maryland outscored Purdue 40-18 in the second half and secured this very important league victory.
They also halted Purdue’s eight game winning streak including five straight over the Terps.
Maryland improved to (19-6, 10-4 Big Ten) good for fourth place in league play.
Jalen Smith led the Terps in scoring with 16 points, 14 in the second half.
Bruno Fernando had a double-double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Eric Ayala finished with 15 points and five rebounds and his back to back threes allowed Maryland to tie the score and turned the game in their favor.
Anthony Cowan Jr. chipped in with 12 points and six assists and Aaron Wiggins was a spark off the bench and scored 11 points.
Maryland had a balanced attack with five players in double figures.
They shot 50 percent from the floor and made eight of 27 three pointers.
The Terps sank 10 of 15 free throws and shared the ball with 17 assists on 26 made baskets.
Each team finished with 41 rebounds.
Maryland’s defense was awesome as Purdue made 28 percent of their shots hitting seven of 33 shots from beyond the arc.
They also had eight blocks as the Boilermakers shot 17 percent in the deciding second half including one of 16 from long distance.
Purdue won the first half as the league’s leading scorer Carsen Edwards scored 17 points before the break.
Maryland’s Darryl Morsell shut him down after halftime holding him to two for 13 for seven points in the second half.
Purdue was led by Edwards with 24 points and nine rebounds and Ryan Cline chipped in with nine points as no other Purdue player scored in double figures in a losing effort for the (17-7, 10-3) third place Boilermakers.