By Emily Olsen
Almost ten minutes passed Thursday night before either team reached double-digit points in the battle between Maryland and Ohio State, but with 11:36 left in the first half Ohio State forward Marc Loving hit a three-point jumper and sent the Buckeye’s offense into overdrive. Ohio State defeated No.16 Maryland 80-56.
Loving had a game-high 19 points, but it was freshman guard D’Angelo Russell that tore apart Maryland’s defense. Russell put up 18 points and had 14 rebounds against the Terps. Jae’Sean Tate also scored in the double-digits for the Buckeyes with 16 points. Ohio State (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten) shot 58.8 percent from the field.
For Maryland (18-4, 6-3 Big Ten), Dez Wells and Jake Layman combined for 22 points. The Terps shot 30.5 percent from the floor, and Evan Smotrycz had eight points and six rebounds on the night. Melo Trimble was surprisingly quiet during Thursday’s game and recorded only 3 points all of which came from free throws.
The Terps look to bounce back Wednesday against Penn State. Tipoff at Xfinity Center is set for 8:30 p.m.