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COLLEGE PARK, Md.— No. 4 Ohio State continued its run on the road, beating Maryland in the Xfinity Center for the first time Monday, 73-65.
The win was the fifth-consecutive for the Buckeyes who improve to 16-4 on the season and 10-4 in the Big Ten.
Four Buckeyes scored in double figures led by Duane Washington Jr. and Kyle Young with 18 points apiece. Washington was 7-of-15 from the floor and also had four rebounds and four assists. For Young, the 18 points were a career high.
Justin Ahrens and CJ Walker each chipped-in with 11 points. Ahrens made three more 3-pointers, giving him 45 on the season. Walker was 6-of-6 from the free throw line and also dished-out three assists.
Seth Towns came off the bench and provided a much-needed spark in the first half. He finished with six points on a pair of three pointers. E.J. Liddell didn’t score until the second half but finished with seven points and team-highs of six rebounds and three blocks.
The Buckeyes used a 9-0 run over a 58 second span to erase an early 13-5 deficit to a 15-14 lead. After the Terps regained the advantage, Ohio State used a 14-1 run to go on top 33-26 and then closed out the half leading 35-30 at the break. Washington Jr. was 5-of-8 from the floor, including a 3-of-6 effort from 3 to lead all scorers with 13 first-half points.
Ohio State made 8-of-16 three-point attempts in the first half with Towns and Ahrens each knocking down a pair.
The Buckeyes started the second half on an 11-2 run over the first seven minutes. Maryland missed its first nine shots of the second half. That seven-minute stretch gave the Buckeyes a 46-32 advantage and while the Terrapins cut the lead to nine on a couple of occasions, the Buckeyes were never really threatened down the stretch.
Ohio State returns home to host Indiana this Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for Noon and coverage will be on ESPN.
🗣 Postgame Comments
Duane Washington, Jr.
- With the win, Ohio State has won five-consecutive Big Ten road games for the second time in the Chris Holtmann era. The current streak started with a win at Rutgers then with wins at Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Maryland. The 2018 Buckeyes won at Wisconsin, Iowa, Rutgers, Northwestern, vs. Minnesota (at MSG in NYC) and at Purdue.
- The last time Ohio State won more than five true Big Ten road games was during the 2010-11 campaign when Ohio State won at Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota. A streak of 13-consecutive road wins for Ohio State was snapped with a loss at Wisconsin (2/12/11).
- The Buckeyes won their final five road games in 2009-10 at Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State and Penn State. OSU Then opened 2010-11 with wins at Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern and Minnesota.
- Ohio State moved to No. 4 nationally in the weekly Associated Press Poll earlier in the day Monday. The Buckeyes were last ranked in the Top 5 in a game vs. Wisconsin at VCA (1/3/20), a 61-57 loss for the then No. 5 Buckeyes.
- Since the 2013 Big Ten season, Ohio State has been ranked among the Top 5 nationally 16 times with a record of 11-5.
- As a Top 10 team all-time, Ohio State is 346-80. When ranked No. 4, Ohio State owns a record of 38-6.
- The win was the first for the Buckeyes at the XFinity Center.
- Ahrens connected on 3-of-8 3-pointers, he has made two or more from deep in each of the last seven games and three or more in six of the last seven.
- A Young layup with 14:13 left in the second half gave the Buckeyes an 11-point lead (43-32). Under Chris Holtmann, Ohio State owns a 69-4 record, including a 37-2 mark vs. the Big Ten, when building a 10-or-more point lead at any point in a game. Young finished with a career-high 18 points.