COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The No. 11 Ohio State men’s basketball team fell to No. 12 Maryland, 67-55, Tuesday night at XFINITY Center in College Park. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 11-4 on the year, 1-3 in the Big Ten, while the Terrapins improve to 13-2, 3-1 in conference play.
The Buckeyes travel to Indiana at noon Saturday.
Kaleb Wesson led the Buckeyes with 15 points while Andre Wesson and D.J. Carton scored 14 apiece. Anthony Cowan Jr. poured in 20 for the Terrapins while Jalen Smith went for 11 points and seven rebounds and Darryl Morsell scored 10.
Ohio State ran out to an 8-0 lead, limiting Maryland to 0-for-5 from the field with three turnovers before Eric Ayala hit the back end of a 1-and-1 at the 14:33 mark to make it an 8-1 contest. However, the Terrapins scored 11 of the next 14 points on their way to their first lead of the game at 12-11 after a Serrel Smith Jr. 3-pointer with 9:57 remaining in the half. After holding a 19-17 advantage with 4:17 left to play, Maryland went on a 9-3 spurt to increase the advantage to 28-20 with 2:39 remaining before a CJ Walker jumper in the final minute made it a 28-22 contest at the half.
Carton paced Ohio State with seven points in the first half while Smith and Ayala each scored six for the Terrapins.
A 3-pointer and a layup by Andre Wesson trimmed the Maryland lead to 31-29 with 18:15 left to play but the Buckeyes missed their next 12 shots from the field as the Terrapins went on a 10-2 run to extend their advantage to 41-31 after a Cowan Jr. 3-pointer with 12:58 remaining. Maryland pushed its lead to a game-high 12 at 51-39 at the 8:49 mark and the Buckeyes were unable to narrow the deficit to fewer than seven the remainder of the way.
Ohio State held a 17-6 advantage on the offensive boards but were unable to overcome a difficult shooting night, finishing 21-for-67 (31.3 percent) from the field and 5-for-27 (18.5 percent) from long distance. The Terrapins shot 45.7 percent (21-for-46) from the field and 44.4 percent (8-for-18) from 3-point range.