No. 20 Purdue beats No. 10 Maryland in nail-biter, 83-79

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (February 27, 2016) —The No. 20 Boilermakers boiled up some turtle soupand beat the No. 10 Terrapins Saturday, 83-79.

A.J. Hammons scored 19 points to lead five Purdue players in double figures. Sophomore guard Dakota Mathias added a career-best 17 points for Purdue (22-7, 10-6 Big Ten), Rapheal Davis and Vince Edwards each scored 11 and Caleb Swanigan had 10 in Purdue’s second victory over a Top 10 opponent in 18 days.

The Boilermakers defeated No. 6 Michigan State on Feb. 9. It is also Purdue’s school record-tying 16th home victory this season.

Hammons made a free throw with 1:49 to go to break a 76-76 tie, and a layup by Johnny Hill made it 79-76 with 1:16 to go.

Davis and Edwards each made two free throws in the final 23.1 seconds to help the Boilermakers withstand a late charge from Maryland (23-6, 11-5).

Melo Trimble led the Terrapins with 19 points, Diamond Stone scored 18 and Jake Layman added 15.

Purdue’s victory is also significant for their in-state rivals, Indiana University. The Hoosiers now have a chance to win the Big Ten regular season title outright with a victory against the Hawkeyes on Tuesday in Iowa City.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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