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Hot start, cold finish leaves No. 23 Maryland with 62-60 loss to Purdue for ...

Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon expected his young team to have some growing pains, especially early in the Big Ten season.

On a night when the Terps did enough defensively to beat Purdue at raucous Mackey Arena, a stagnant offense let a hot start turn into a disappointing finish.

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.

After a combination of Maryland’s defense and Purdue’s own inexperience prevented the Boilermakers from securing an easier victory, the Terps had a chance to force overtime or win with a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

What was a little hard to explain was when Turgeon took both of his big men out at the end of the first half — putting in little-used sophomore Josh Tomaic as his center — and Purdue cut its seven-point deficit to four, 34-30, on a 3-pointer by Wheeler right before the halftime buzzer.

But the depth that Turgeon so desperately wants to build disappeared, as freshman guard Serrel Smith Jr., who the Terps were hoping would be a scorer off the bench, went scoreless and committed two turnovers in 10 minutes.

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