Buckeyes bash Terps

Timothy Earl January 31, 2015 Comments Off on Buckeyes bash Terps

u-marylandThe 16th-ranked Maryland Terrapins were dominated by the Ohio State Buckeyes, 80-56 at Value City Arena.

The game was never really close as the Buckeyes were in control most of the game and had a 27 point lead with 10 seconds to go. They jumped out to an 11-5 lead but the Terps were able to rally early in the game to make the score 16-15 on a Dez Well’s three pointer.

Ohio State then went on a 12-0 run to stretch the lead out to 28-15 with 4:20 to play on there way to a 34-26 lead at the break.

In the second half the Buckeyes toyed with the Terrapins as the lead climbed to 48-32 on a Sam Thompson 3-pointer with 16:12 to play. From there, the game was lopsided as the lead ballooned to 80-53. It was the Terrapins worst loss of the season but the Buckeyes were that good.

They were led by freshman sensation D’Angelo Russell who scored 18 points, collected 14 rebounds, had six assists and two steals. The Terps had no answer for him all night and he was not even the leading scorer, that was Marc Loving who scorched the Terrapins for 19 points hitting 5 of 5 three-pointers.

Ohio State made 10 of 17 threes and shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half making 17 of 29 shots. They also dominated the rebounding battle 51-32 which included 16 offensive rebounds and out scored the Terps  32-16 in the paint.

Meanwhile, the Terps top freshman Melo Trimble, who is averaging a team-high 16 points a game, was held to a season-low three points, all from the free throw line and went 0-8 from the field, his worst game of the season. Wells led the Terps with 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal. Jake Layman added 10 points, six rebounds and three assists.

The Terrapins had a tough night offensively against a good Ohio State defense. They shot 31 percent from the field and only hit nine of 26 three pointers but did manage to make 11 of 16 free throws. The 56 points scored are a season- low for the Terps.

Jae’Sean Tate added 16 points and eight rebounds and  Thompson chipped in with seven points and six rebounds in a winning effort for the (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) Buckeyes.

The Terrapins fell to (18-4, 6-3) and are in a three-way tie with Michigan and Ohio State for second place in the Big Ten behind the 5th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers who are (6-1) in conference play.

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