Purdue hangs on for a Christmas win

Jaden Ivey scores 11 in the win for Purdue. Photo by Joshua Herd

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.

Jaden Ivey leads the second half charge to hold off Maryland. Photo by Joshua Herd for Indy Sports Daily

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.




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