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No. 24 Maryland men's basketball storms back after halftime to beat No. 12 ...

Maryland men’s basketball guard Eric Ayala feinted left as he passed half court with about 12 minutes to play against Purdue on Tuesday.

Purdue (17-7, 10-3) scored just four points in the final eight minutes, however, while Maryland’s offense kept clicking inside, with Fernando and forward Jalen Smith getting easy buckets in the paint.

Cline picked it up and broke upcourt, pulled up from 25 feet with five seconds left and nailed his third triple, re-establishing a lead the Terps had whittled down to three back to eight points.

But Maryland recovered out of halftime, with guard Anthony Cowan completing an and-one and Smith throwing down two dunks — part of his team-high 16 points — to tie the game at 40 within five minutes.

Guard Aaron Wiggins’ triple near the end of Maryland’s freshmen scoring streak held the advantage until Fernando found a rhythm late, pumping up the Xfinity Center crowd as only he can.

On just his second field goal attempt, Fernando dunked over center Matt Haarms, then raced down the floor flexing his arms and waving for the arena to get loud as the Boilermakers called timeout.

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