January 18, 2019

Buckeyes Fall to No. 19 Maryland, 75-61


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped a 75-61 decision to No. 19 Maryland Friday night at Value City Arena. With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 12-5, 2-4 in the Big Ten, while the Terrapins move to 16-3, 7-1 in conference play.

C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with 15 points while Duane Washington Jr. added 14 and Kaleb Wesson scored 14. Anthony Cowan led five Terrapins in double figures with a game-high 20 points while Bruno Fernando went for 13 points and 15 boards.

Neither team held more than a four-point lead early as the game was tied 28-28 with 6:26 left in the first half before Maryland used an 8-0 run, capped by a Fernando 3-point play, over the next 1:47 to take a 38-30 advantage. Ohio State trimmed the lead four after a Washington Jr. 3-pointer made it 42-38 with 36 seconds left in the half but Aaron Wiggins responded with a 3-pointer for Maryland just before the half as the Terrapins took a 45-38 advantage into the break.

Washington Jr. paced the Buckeyes with 11 points over the first 20 minutes while Jackson added eight. Fernando, Darryl Morsell and Jalen Smith each scored eight for the Terrapins, who shot 62.5 percent from the field and went 7-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half.

Ohio State scored the first six points of the second half on three-straight layups to cut the Terrapin lead to 45-44 with 18:27 remaining but Maryland used five point from Fernando to go on a 10-0 run over the next 3:31 to make it a 55-44 lead with 14:56 left to play. The Buckeyes were able to narrow the deficit to six on two occasion in the final 10 minutes but Maryland pulled away for their seventh-consecutive win.

The Buckeyes forced a season-high 19 turnovers, held an 18-5 advantage in points off turnovers and a 14-0 edge in points in the paint but the Terrapins went 11-for-17 from 3-point range and shot 58.1 percent (25-for-43) from the field in the victory.

Ohio State takes on Purdue at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Value City Arena.