Disappointing (though not shocking) road loss for the Terps.
In essence first hostile road crowd the team has faced this year. As expected a few of the Freshman struggled.
Player by Player:
Bruno—13 rebounds –9 points–double teamed much of the game. Needed more touches
Jalen— 9 rebounds . 7 points in only 22 minutes—a bit of foul trouble–but a good performance
Cowan—18 points—5 rebounds–6 assists –2 steals but 4-17 from the field. Clearly fouled twice on 3 point attempts down the wire–never called–anything goes in the final 2 minutes of a Big Ten Game
Eric Ayala–28 minutes but not as visible as he has been then again Freshman—2 points–0 assists
Darryl Morsell—great game–5-9 and 12 points–when the offense stalled in the final minutes he was able to create–2 blocks
Aaron Wiggins–3 treys in 30 minutes–2 steals–might wanna try him in go to moments late in the game
Lindo, Tomaic and Serrel—look for them to get significant minutes on Saturday–Turgeon needs production from these 3–6 man rotation is not enough in a 20 game Big Ten Season
17 turnovers 10 assists–TO’s must be dealt with before next Big Ten game on Jan 2 against a very good Nebraska squad
from Don Markus and the Baltimore Sun
“The last seven minutes, we played like a young team,” said Turgeon, whose team led by as many as eight before a 7-0 run late in the game helped Purdue (6-3, 1-1) take control to break a two-game losing streak. “We didn’t play with poise, we didn’t coach with poise.
“I can handle not scoring, but I’d like to get a little better looks than we were getting. We’re not going to be a great team if we’re just setting ball screens for Anthony late in the game to score. It’s not good. Give them credit. They took us out of everything.”
Maryland defended well against junior guard Carsen Edwards, the Big Ten’s leading scorer. Not only did the Terps hold Edwards scoreless for the first 12½ minutes as Maryland built its early eight-point lead, but he finished with 20 points on 4-for-15 shooting.
The Boilermakers got more of a contribution, particularly in the second half, from role players Grady Eifert, Aaron Wheeler and Matt Haarms, who combined to hit six of eight from 3-point range overall to balance a 3-for-9 long-range showing from Edwards.
“When they’re making six [3-pointers], you think they’re going to get to 90,” said Turgeon, whose Terps shot 9-for-27 on 3-pointers, including just 2-for-10 by Cowan. “To me, that was the difference.”
Maryland shot 20-for-57 overall while also committing 17 turnovers. Turgeon was asked if the offense wasn’t moving, if Cowan was dribbling too much or if Purdue’s defense was just that good.
“All of the above,” he said. “We’re dribbling too much. They took away our first options. Maybe the young guys are deferring too much to Anthony.”