Trevion Williams blocks Scott's last attempt as Purdue beat Maryland 62-61

February 14, 2022

Coming home to face the Maryland Terrapins was the perfect remedy for Purdue, which had lost its previous game against Michigan. The third-ranked Purdue men's basketball team was close to dropping its second straight game, but some late heroics secured a 62-61 victory over the Terrapins. While the Boilermakers managed to get a win, they did not get it with ease. The game started with a slow start for both teams, with the first half ending with Purdue up by three points. However, the latter started to pull away during the second half. The Boilermakers gave away a 17-3 run to Maryland to start the second half. After the run, Purdue trailed by 11 points and had to come back from it. When Purdue got back on its senses, the team had a 17-2 run to take back the lead. With 13 seconds to play, Purdue was able to hit the go-ahead shot. However, Maryland was able to get an inbounding violation, but the Terrapins not being able to secure the win when Trevion Williams blocked Donta Scott's layup.

Purdue's almost fatal inbound turnover

After a three-pointer by Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, Russell was able to sink a throw, converting a three-point play for Maryland with 8.1 seconds left in the game. Purdue committed an inbound turnover following that play, and the ball was given to Maryland. Matt Painter, the Purdue coach, tried to run a baseline, but since the clock had already changed to 7.8, they were not allowed to go up the baseline. Coach Painter said he was not aware that the clock had changed. He tried to rerun the same play and asked the referees if they were going to change it. "To me, if we are redoing this, we can still run the baseline and throw the ball along the baseline," Painter said. "So that was my error. In the process of everything, I'm not locked into the time."

Williams' block secured Purdue's close victory

The senior forward saved Purdue from doom after making a game-winning block within the last seconds. Williams said that he knew that the ball would end up in the hands of Scott, who was one of the best players in the league. Scott was attempting to drive for the basket with five seconds left. "Scott is one of the best in the league and I figured it wasn't him it would be (Fatts) Russell," the 6-foot-10 forward said regarding his block. "I had that in the back of my mind. It just comes with personnel and preparing for the game. I just did my best to wall it up and get a stop." Interim Maryland coach Danny Manning thought Donta was fouled on that last play. "I thought we deserved to win, in the clip I saw from one of our guys on the staff, I thought Donta got fouled," Manning said. After winning at home against Illinois on Tuesday, the third-ranked Purdue fell to a disappointing 82-58 defeat at Michigan on Thursday. But they got back to No. 3 with the win over Maryland. The Boilermakers will visit Northwestern on Wednesday night.