Ohio State fell to the Terrapins 75-61 this Friday night in Columbus. Coach Holtmann and his team fought this game, but just could not manage to come out on top. They were aggressive and seemed to play harder despite failing to stop the Maryland offense. This lead to the Terps scoring efficiently shooting almost 60 percent from the field and running away with the win.
The Buckeyes and Terps both started off executing well on offense scoring early and often. Kaleb Wesson got going early for the Bucks while also staying out of foul trouble early. The Terps got hot from three and kept it up all half going 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. The Buckeyes began to trap and attempted to speed up Maryland and run them off the three point line. Coach Holtmann expressed this plan during a timeout telling the team to be “active on the ball.” Kyle Young gave the Bucks some momentum with his hustle and some big time put-backs. Duane Washington also provided a huge spark with 11 first half points off the bench. Having that offensive threat off the bench was absolutely phenomenal for this Buckeye team. The Bucks would end up with 12 second chance points in the half as well. Maryland would have 8 players score and shot 63 percent from the field overall helping them get a 45-38 halftime lead.
Ohio State started off the final 20 minutes of a quick 6-0 run to cut the lead to one. They would however give up a 10-0 run directly after this as they found themselves going cold from the field. C.J. Jackson and Eric Ayala would both get banged up soon after this run ended. Jackson remained in the game and had a quick burst of impressive play that helped Ohio State dig a little into the Maryland lead. The Terps regained control quickly forcing the Buckeyes into tough shot after tough shot. Anthony Cowan also was terrific and scored time after time as they pulled ahead and coasted to the win.
OHIO STATE STANDOUTS
C.J. Jackson: 15 points, 2 steals, 4 steals
Duane Washington: 14 points, 6 rebounds
Anthony Cowan: 20 points, 6 assists, 3 steals
Bruno Fernando: 13 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block
OHIO STATE STATS
23 3PT FG%
65 3PT FG%
The Buckeyes came out much more aggressive and had a plan to trap on defense and attempted to create offense off of turnovers. The plan was solid, but the Terps were lights out from three and Ohio State had far too many missed opportunities. Anthony Cowan tore apart the Bucks and the Terps were flat out better tonight. Holtmann’s squad just fell short again tonight and need to improve and change something soon if they want to get back on track. Ohio State now stands at 12-5 and will take on Purdue this Wednesday.
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