The Maryland Terrapins’ depth took another hit before their game against Ohio State when Dion Wiley was diagnosed with a concussion, but the effect hasn’t shown in games against lesser opponents.
That isn’t the case when the Terps take the court against the best teams in the Big Ten.
Despite the holes in Maryland’s roster, the team showed promise at the start of the game. But the Buckeyes’ offense opened up the game with run in the first half and buried the Terps, 91-69.
The Buckeyes have been on a roll since December, winning nine of their past 10 games, including an 80-64 upset victory over then No. 1 ranked Michigan State. That hot streak continued against the Terps, as they shot 56.1 percent from the field on the way to their sixth-straight double-digit win.
Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop finished the game by leading all scorers with 26 points, leading the team in field goal and 3-point percentage. Graduate transfer Andrew Dakich led the Buckeyes in shooting percentage by going 4-of-5 for 11 points.
Maryland (14-5, 3-3) was led by senior center Michal Cekovsky, who shot 7-of-12 for 18 points. With Wiley on the bench, Cekovsky did the heavy lifting for the Terps by making his first five shots, helping the Maryland take an early 22-15 lead.
Sophomores Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan finished with 12 points each. Redshirt freshman Joshua Tomaic had a career night against the Buckeyes, scoring 11 points and grabbing four rebounds.
Cekovsky’s performance fueled the Terps early, and a dunk gave Maryland a 20-13 lead. But in similar fashion to Maryland’s game against Michigan State, the team’s surging offense quickly died.
A quick layup from Kaleb Wesson after a timeout cut Ohio State’s deficit down to five. That sparked a 9-2 run that helped the Buckeyes tie the game with a jump shot from Dakich. A three from Bates-Diop later in the game put the Buckeyes up by 10 en route to a 44-32 halftime lead.
Ohio State continued their dominance in the second half and led by as many as 27 points. Dion-Bates helped extend the Buckeyes’ lead with four three-pointers in the second half, three of which were back-to-back.
The loss drops the Terps back to .500 in the Big Ten for the third time this season. The team will take a four-day break before travelling to Ann Arbor to play Michigan. Michigan is 14-4 so far, and they will be playing for the first time since Jan. 9 when the Wolverines nearly beat Purdue at home 70-69. Tipoff will be on Jan. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
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