(Photo courtesy of The Diamondback – Univ. of Maryland Student paper)
The Terrapins, their depth, and accurate shooting turned out to be more than the Buckeyes could handle on Friday the 18th in Columbus.
Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 20 points as the 19th-ranked Maryland Terrapins secured their seventh straight game, 75-61 over a sliding Buckeyes team.
Bruno Fernando added 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and had 15 rebounds for Maryland (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten), which shot 58.1 percent from the field. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell each scored 11, and Jalen Smith had 10. The Terrapins went 11 of 17 (64.7 percent) from 3-point range.
”We had great depth tonight,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ”We really shared the ball.”
C.J. Jackson hit for 15 points for the Buckeyes (12-5, 2-4), who lost their fourth straight. Duane Washington Jr. scored 14 and Kaleb Wesson had 11.
Fernando continued his strong play after being named the Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week and Big Ten Player of the Week. He averaged 17.5 points and 12 rebounds in victories over Minnesota and then-No. 22 Indiana. The 6-foot-10 sophomore from Angola has 10 double-doubles this season.
The Ohio State University Buckeyes held it within reach in most of the first half before Maryland went on an 8-0 tear, including a three-point play by Fernando which moved them ahead 38-30.
”I didn’t feel like we could ever get a rebound in the first half,” Turgeon said. ”The second half I thought we got all of them.”
The Buckeyes got within one early in the second half before Maryland responded with a 13-2 explosion – this included five from Fernando. The Buckeyes would not get within reach thereafter.
Ohio State has allowed opponents to shoot better than 50 percent in four of the last seven halves they have played in – not a good sign!
”We missed some open shots and took some quick ones, too,” Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. ”They were also really collapsed, trapping Kaleb on every collapse.
”We have a tough stretch here. We have to find a way to dig our way out, accept responsibility and play better.”
A Closer Look:
Maryland: The Terrapins have been one of the surprise teams thus far in this Big Ten season, but their schedule appears to be hardly an easy walk from here out. A road trip to # 6 *ichigan State and two games against the Nations # 2 team TTUN.
Ohio State: Foul trouble and the Terrapins productive and magnificent shooting did the trick – dooming the Scarlet and Gray of any hopes of ending their skid.
The Ohio State University will host Purdue on Wednesday the 23rd.
Starting with the Maryland game and continuing through the end of the partial federal government shutdown, Ohio State will provide all federal employees with two free tickets to any Buckeyes athletic event.
Come on Guys! You can turn this around. Go Buckeyes.