The Terps took another big step in the right direction Saturday, defeating Purdue 72-61 in College Park. Rasheed Sulaimon played his best basketball of the season, recording his first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
The game was very even for the first 20 minutes as AJ Hammons and Purdue jumped out to a 3 point lead at the break. In fact, the score was always within 5 points in either direction from the tip-off until Maryland took a 61-53 lead after a Sulaimon fast break layup, which he was fouled on and converted the free throw.
For Maryland, four players were in double-figures, led by Sulaimon. Robert Carter had 19 while Melo Trimble posted 14 points on 10-11 from the line. Diamond Stone scored 12 with a few thunderous dunks coming off Trimble assists.
The Terps committed a season-low 8 turnovers and shot the ball exceptionally well from the free throw line at 24-27.
AJ Hammons and Isaac Haas were the only Boilermakers in double-figures with 18 and 10 respectively. Maryland will benefit from Oklahoma and UNC losses and could be ranked #1 in the coaches poll for the first time in school history.
The Terrapins host Bowie State on Tuesday before Wisconsin comes into College Park Saturday.