The 19th-ranked Maryland Terrapins used a second half surge to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes 75-61 at a disappointed Value City Arena.
The game was still a contest at 45-44 with 18:27 to go in the game. The Terps then used a 10-0 run to go up 55-44 to gain some separation with 14:56 to play in the contest.
The stubborn Buckeyes would cut the lead to 59-53 with 10:01 to go but Maryland answered again with an 11-3 spurt to go up 70-56 with 2:52 to go to seal the deal.
With the victory, Maryland’s seventh straight win, the Terps improved to (16-3, 7-1 Big Ten) good for second place in the Big Ten Conference standing.
Anthony Cowan Jr. led Maryland with 20 points, six assists and four rebounds, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points.
Bruno Fernando had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins finished with 11 points each and Jalen Smith added 10 points and six rebounds as five Terps finished in double figures.
Maryland overcame 19 turnovers by shooting 58 percent from the floor including hitting 11 of 17 three-pointers.
They also hit 14 of 16 free throws and won the rebounding battle 33 to 26.
Meanwhile, the Terrapin defense held Ohio State to 39 percent shooting from the floor including going six of 26 from beyond the arc.
The was a lot of back and forth scoring in the first half but the Terps were able to build a 38-30 lead with 4:39 to go in the first half and took a 45-38 lead into the break.
The second half saw the Terps go on two big runs which allowed them to keep the Buckeyes at bay and secure the victory.
C.J. Jackson led Ohio State with 15 points and Duane Washington Jr. added 14 points and six rebounds in a losing effort for the (12-5, 2-4) Buckeyes.