Isaac Haas lifts Purdue past Maryland, 80-75, in Big Ten opener

Maryland basketball

Either way, Friday night was about as pleasant as a dentist appointment for the Terps' big men. A pesky and talented Maryland (6-3, 0-1 Big Ten) team stuck around for what felt like the whole time despite Purdue's (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) lead ballooning to 14 with ten minutes left in the first half.

Haas played one of his best games, again on the road; he was previously the game's most impactful player at Marquette. "I'll be in the office early watching film".

Haas played the game with a sleeve on his right elbow and still has tingling in his hand after bruising the nerve against Louisville.

He wasn't a fan of the accessory, "hates" it, he said. It makes him look soft, he said. Now, his teammates might never let him take it off. Jackson scored his only field goal of the night on the ensuing possession - he had started 0 for 6 - to cut it to two. Not a single bench player scored. Mathias is now shooting 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from 3-point range on the season, and averaging 16.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.

Purdue was coming off of its worst shooting performance of the season. Darryl Morsell went 3 for 16 from the floor, Justin Jackson went 1 for 8 and the Terrapins shot 35 percent in their first home loss.

They started the game on fire. Haas and Mathias, both seniors, combined for 41 points. Haas missed just three shots all night. That includes center Isaac Haas, who finished with 21 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and sharpshooter Dakota Mathias, who scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half. Purdue led at halftime 43-37. "I think there's going to be a lot of teams that are going to force him to prove he can shoot and make shots, and we think he can".

As a junior, Mathias shot a very respectable 47 percent from the floor, and an even more impressive 45 percent from long range, as he averaged a career-best 9.7 points per game.

Syracuse sophomore guard Tyus Battle hit a three-pointer with 0:59 seconds remaining to give the Orange the lead.

However, that's not to say there weren't some tense moments for the Boilers. The Boilermakers were often glorified spectators on the defensive glass through much of the game, but in the home stretch, the final 10 minutes, may have won the game on the offensive boards itself.

Sophomore guard Kevin Huerter led Maryland with 23 points in the loss, with much of his production coming from behind the arc; he shot 7-for-9 from behind the arc, tying a career high.

Morsell's last 3-point attempt would've given Maryland a 63-62 lead with just under seven minutes to go, and he was visibly dejected as he ran down the court to play defense after the miss. He's also not creating his own shot effectively off the bounce, which was thought to be an area in which he'd take a step forward this year.

"It's a tough environment". "We've just got to keep fighting and figuring out ways to win". "In basketball, it's always a game of runs". "And then if he made a couple, we would adjust to it". "They ran, it seemed like, 30, 40 plays tonight".

The early part of the Boilers' schedule packed an extra punch with a pair of early Big Ten games on top of a challenging non-conference slate. COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) If Purdue's conference opener was any indication, the Boilermakers are in for a heck of a ride in their bid to win a second straight Big Ten regular season title. "Road games are gold in the Big Ten now, so it's good to start off with a gold win ... because it's a really hard homecourt to beat that team on". The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network at 7:00 pm.



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