Maryland took a much different path to beat Ohio State than it did it did just over two weeks ago, but the Terps still escaped with a win Sunday in Columbus, beating the Buckeyes 66-61 at the Value City Arena.
While their previous matchup was over early in the second half, this one went down to the wire.
Ohio State took a one-point lead on a jumper by Kam Williams with 6:04 left, and the teams continued to exchange buckets down the stretch. Rasheed Sulaimon hit his first field goal of the game, a three, to give No. 8 Maryland (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) a 57-53 lead with 3:01 remaining. Melo Trimble hit his second three of the game to make it 60-55, and that proved to be enough. Robert Carter Jr. and Trimble sunk free throws at the end to seal it.
After a dominant performance on the defensive end against Iowa, Jake Layman provided a boost on offense against Ohio State (14-9, 6-4 Big Ten). He finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, his third double-double of the season. He also played a role in helping limit Marc Loving, Ohio State's leading scorer, to 9 points.
Trimble led the Terps with 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting, but was only 2-of-10 from three-point range.
Diamond Stone scored in double-figures for the first time in three games, but was not his usual efficient self. He finished with 10 points on 3-of-11 from the field, and struggled again in his second straight start. He was visibly displeased with his performance, as he punched the basket stanchion after one miss.
The Buckeyes came out firing, and made their first three shots and first three 3-pointers to start the game. After taking an 13-11 advantage with 15 minutes left in the first half, Ohio State did not relinquish the lead until a Robert Carter layup gave Maryland a 29-27 lead 4:48 left until halftime. From then on, six straight points by Layman helped give Maryland a 37-31 lead going into the break. The game appeared to be trending very much in the Terps' direction.
But Maryland missed its first six three-point attempts to open the second half, and only shot 30 percent in the period, which helped let Ohio State back into the game.
Three things to know
1. Maryland didn't have the same performance it did the last time it played Ohio State. A variety of factors probably contributed to this. This game was on the road, and the Terps are rarely going to fire on all cylinders the way they did when it hosted the Buckeyes two weeks ago. Still, this wasn't the blowout many people expected it to be.
2. Offensive rebounds were a problem - again. This is nothing new, but the Terps continued to struggle on the glass. Ohio State had 13 offensive rebounds Sunday, which Mark Turgeon will surely find unacceptable.
3. Rasheed Sulaimon still doesn't have to score to be effective. He didn't score in the first half, but the guard played a big role in helping the Buckeyes shoot only 35 percent. He also had had 2 steals, one of which led to this: