The message from Maryland coach Mark Turgeon at halftime was clear: get the ball inside and get Purdue in foul trouble, particularly 7-foot senior center A.J. Hammons.
With everyone but junior forward Robert Carter Jr. ice cold from the outside, the No. 4 Terps listened to Turgeon, went to the basket, the free-throw line and, eventually, back to their locker room, smiling.
During a 25-10 run to close the game, Maryland pulled away to a 72-61 victory over the No. 18 Boilermakers before a sellout crowd Saturday at Xfinity Center.
“We did what we had to do — our post defense was terrific, our ball pressure was terrific, our rebounding just keeps getting better...