Brandon Newman scored a team high 17 points in a close game with Maryland on Christmas day. This was the Boilermakers first ever Christmas Day game. It was a nice gift in a Maryland goaltending play with 38.4 seconds left that lead to the 73-70 win for Purdue.
Purdue shot the three nicely today going 10-22 from beyond the arc and out rebounded Maryland 41-31. The freshmen of Purdue scored 39 points. This was the forth time this year the group has scored at least 50% of the Boilermaker points. It was Jaden Ivey who had a great impact in the second half. Ivey, who scored 11 points for the game, scored 7 straight points during a Boilermaker run to hold off the Maryland comeback.
Maryland, who was behind the entire game, mounted a comeback which was lead by Donta Scott. Scott scored 15 points looking unstoppable in the second half. He hit a pair of free throws to cut Purdue’s lead down to 68-66 with 2:13 to go. Then with 58 seconds left Scott made a layup to tie the game at 70.
Eric Hunter was the victim of the goaltending call with 38.4 seconds left in the game. This gave Purdue a 72-70 lead. Purdue had a chance to put the game out of doubt with free throws but managed to go 1 for 6 after taking the 2 point lead. Eric Hunter missed both of his free throws with 1.8 seconds left. Donta Scott got the rebound and threw up a prayer from about 80 feet that was not answered at the buzzer. The Boilermakers survived 73-70.