COLUMBUS, Ohio – Luther Muhammad scored a season-high 22 points, including 13 in the second half, as the No. 25 Ohio State men’s basketball team knocked off No. 7 Maryland 79-72 Sunday at Value City Arena. With the win, the Buckeyes, who are 4-0 on the year against Associated Press Top 10 teams, move to 18-9 on the year, 8-8 in the Big Ten, while the Terrapins drop to 22-5, 12-4 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to Nebraska for a 9 p.m. ET matchup Thursday.
Muhammad connected on four 3-pointers and pulled down five boards while leading five Buckeyes in double figures. Kaleb Wesson totaled 15 points and nine rebounds, Duane Washington Jr. scored 13 and CJ Walker and Andre Wesson each poured in 12. Aaron Wiggins led Maryland with 20 points while Eric Ayala scored 16 and Anthony Cowan and Donta Scott scored 10 apiece.
In a tightly-contested opening half, Maryland held a 14-11 lead after a Wiggins 3-pointer with 12:53 to play. However, the Buckeyes scored the next seven over the next 1:05 to gain an 18-14 advantage with 11:48 remaining. The Terrapins went on to tie it at 30-all at the 3:12 mark but Ohio State scored 10 of the final 13 points of the opening half, including a pair of 3-pointers from Muhammad, while holding Maryland without a field goal over the final 5:06 to take a 40-33 lead into the break.
The Buckeyes, who connected on eight first-half 3-pointers, were paced offensively by Muhammad with nine points and Kaleb and Andre Wesson with eight. Wiggins led the Terrapins with eight.
Ohio State then opened up a 14-point lead, scoring the first seven points of the second half to make it a 47-33 game just more than two minutes in. However, after the Buckeyes held a 56-45 advantage with 11:09 remaining, Maryland went on a 10-2 spurt over the next 5:17, cutting the Ohio State lead to 58-55 with 5:52 left to play. The Buckeyes answered right back with a Kaleb Wesson dunk and a pair of free throws by Washington Jr. to push the lead back to seven at 62-55 but the Terrapins still would not go away, trimming the deficit to four twice on Wiggins 3-pointers in the final three minutes before Muhammad and Washington Jr. iced it with free throws.
For the game, Ohio State shot 40 percent (10-for-25) from deep, held a 36-27 advantage on the boards and posted a 14-5 lead in second-chance points.