Men's Basketball

Buckeyes Drop Fourth in a Row, Fall to Maryland 75-61

Duane Washington Ohio State Basketball Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Ohio State (12-5, 2-4) dropped their fourth game in a row, this time a 75-61 passive scuffle at home to No. 19 Maryland (16-3, 7-1). The Terrapins shot .581 from the field for the game and 11-of-17 (.647) from three-point range to overcome 19 turnovers on the night.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, shot just .390 from the field (23-of-59) and 6-of-26 (.231) from three-point territory despite plenty of open looks throughout the game.

Freshman guard Duane Washington came off the bench to score 14 points and grab six rebounds in just 21 minutes of action. He was the only Buckeye who played more than four minutes and finished with a positive plus/minus (+3).

Sophomore center Kaleb Wesson struggled against Maryland’s size and collapsing defense, scoring 11 points on 3-of-7 shooting. He scored the Buckeyes’ first four points, and then managed just seven more points over the final 38 minutes of the game.

The early going featured a matchup of the two big men, as Wesson led Maryland’s Fernando Bruno 4-3 with just 90 seconds played.

The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half, with the Buckeyes’ last lead coming at the 7:04 mark thanks to a pair of free throws from CJ Jackson to make it 26-25. From that point on, the Terps began to assert their will — and make their threes.

Tied at 30-30, Maryland went on an 8-0 run thanks to three-point plays from Bruno and Jalen Smith, as well as a dunk by Darrell Morsell.

Washington twice cut the lead down to four late in the half, the second time via a 3-pointer to make it 42-38 with 36 seconds to play. Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon drew up a play for the Terps’ final possession, using all 30 seconds on the shot clock and ending with a 3-pointer from Aaron Wiggins to make it 45-38 a the half.

Wiggins scored 11 points off of the bench. After the game, Turgeon called Wiggins a starter who comes off the bench.

The Buckeyes opened quickly with a 6-0 run to start the second half as Kaleb Wesson, Luther Muhammad, and CJ Jackson dropped in consecutive layups to make it 45-44. Maryland answered that with a 10-0 run and from there the best the Buckeyes could do was get it within six points at 62-56 with under nine minutes to play.

Ohio State had just eight assists on their 23 made field goals.

The Star

Maryland point guard Anthony Cowan led all scorers with 20 points, and while he didn’t shoot tremendously well (5-of-13), he hit some clutch shots throughout the game. He also pulled down four rebounds and dished out six assists. Cowan showed what a point guard who scores can do for an offense. This was his fourth-consecutive Big Ten game with 20 points or more, which hasn’t been done by a Terp since 2012.

Quick Hits

+ After the game, Chris Holtmann was visibly disappointed in the way his team played. He said the book was out on how to defend his team. Defenses pack it in against Kaleb Wesson and let the Buckeyes shoot, and the Buckeyes haven’t made teams pay yet.

+ CJ Jackson was back in the starting lineup and played well. He led the team with 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He was 1-of-6 from three-point range and wasn’t close on several of his shots.

The Box Score

[Duane Washington photo courtesy OhioStateBuckeyes.com. | Ohio State Basketball]

One Response

  1. Luther Muhammad plays THIRTY minutes and scores TWO points and Musa Jallow gets THREE minutes….makes sense to me!

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