Maryland is being outplayed in every aspect by a very, very good Ohio State team, and they're lucky not to be trailing by more. The Terps trail 43-26 after a late Ohio State run, and looked listless for much of the half.
Ohio State opened the game with two three pointers from LaQuinton Ross, but Maryland responded with five points from Evan Smotrycz to make it 6-5. The Buckeyes expanded their lead right before the under-16, taking advantage of some mental mistakes from Nick Faust and clinical shooting to make it 14-9.
Ohio State's first nine scoring possessions netted three points as the lead jumped to 24-12 with under ten minutes to go in the half. Buckets by Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare cut the lead to eight at the under-eight.
Evan Smotrycz led the way for the Terps -- with Mitchell, Cleare and Damonte Dodd all in foul trouble, he had to shoulder the way inside. The former Michigan man scored nine points, while Mitchell chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds -- many of them in key situations to keep the Terps in it.
Maryland was incredibly sloppy in the first half, turning the ball over ten times and fouling 12 times, while shooting just one-of-eight from three point range. It's frankly a miracle the deficit isn't larger, and we'll see if the Terps can turn it around at the half.