February 23, 2019

Ohio State Drops 72-62 Decision at No. 24 Maryland

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio State men’s basketball team fell, 72-62, at No. 24 Maryland Saturday afternoon at XFINITY Center. With the loss, the Buckeyes drop to 17-10 overall and 7-9 in the Big Ten while the Terrapins improve to 21-7, 12-5 in conference play.

Duane Washington Jr. led Ohio State with 15 points to go along with five boards and four assists while Andre Wesson scored 13 points and dished out four assists and Keyshawn Woods added 10. Anthony Cowan Jr. paced four Maryland double-figure scorers with 19 points while Bruno Fernando went for a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.

Maryland held a narrow lead after a Woods 3-pointer cut the Buckeye deficit to 20-19 with 7:23 left in the opening half but the Terrapins went on a quick 7-0 run to take a 27-19 advantage with 4:50 to play. Ohio State would trim the Terrapin lead to 27-25 after Woods turned a Maryland turnover into a layup with 2:42 remaining but Serrel Smith Jr. scored the final six for the Terrapins, sandwiched around another Woods 3-pointer, as Maryland took a 33-28 lead into the half.

Woods led Ohio State with 10 points at the break while Washington Jr. chipped in with six. Cowan Jr. paced Maryland, which connected on 13-of-24 (54.2 percent) shots from the field, with 10 points in the opening 20 minutes.

The Buckeyes then trimmed the Terrapin lead to 39-36 on a Wesson dunk with 16:25 left to play in the contest but Ohio State missed its next nine shots as Maryland went on a 13-0 run over the next 5:13 to push the advantage to 52-36. Ohio State would not go away, responding with a 19-5 spurt of its own, capped by 3-pointers from Washington Jr. and Justin Ahrens, to cut the deficit to 57-55 with 5:27 remaining. However, that would be as close as the Buckeyes would get as Maryland scored the next seven, using an Aaron Wiggins dunk to make it a 64-55 game with 2:48 left to play before icing it with free throws down the stretch.

For the game, the Buckeyes hit 11 3-pointers and only turned the ball over seven times but the Terrapins were 20-for-25 from the free throw line while Ohio State went 5-for-7.

Ohio State returns home to face No. 21 Iowa at 7 p.m. Tuesday.