Adam Jardy, The Columbus Dispatch
Revealed 7: 20 p.m. ET Feb. 23, 2020
CJ Walker had right completed a immediate-damage layup, and E.J. Liddell couldn’t wait to gain to him.
Sprinting out to his teammate, Liddell stepped over to mimic the ending transfer Walker had right performed to cap a 7-0 Ohio Enlighten spurt to launch the 2nd half. It gave the Buckeyes a 47-33 lead on seventh-ranked Maryland, and from there No. 24 Ohio Enlighten (18-9, 8-8 Astronomical Ten) withstood the whole Terrapins (22-5, 12-4) would possibly perhaps muster in a 79-72 do away with that snapped Maryland’s nine-game successful trudge.
Already forward 40-33 at the damage, Ohio Enlighten fleet doubled its lead within the opening minutes of the 2nd half. After Kaleb Wesson hit a 3-pointer, Andre Wesson sunk a contested, turnaround jumper and Walker completed a transition opportunity with a nifty step-over transfer. Maryland known as a timeout with 17: 55 to play, with the Buckeyes’ lead up to a game-excessive 47-33.
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It would possibly perhaps situation a tone for the rest of the game, because the Buckeyes were ready to maintain the Terrapins at arm’s measurement.
Not that it came with out drama. After scoring on a layup with 3: 54 to play, Maryland’s Anthony Cowan Jr. stumbled on himself on the ground and within the neighborhood of Kaleb Wesson when he kicked out at the junior heart. After a review, Cowan became once assessed a technical deplorable, which became once his fifth deplorable of the game. He had pulled the Terrapins within five aspects on the drive, but Duane Washington Jr. hit the resulting free throws to push the Ohio Enlighten lead motivate to seven.
The Buckeyes accept now overwhelmed four ranked groups this season. In the technique, they snapped a seven-game shedding trudge in opposition to ranked Maryland groups courting to 2015.
Luther Muhammad led the manner with a season-excessive 20 aspects as five Ohio Enlighten players completed in double figures.
Tied at 30 after two free throws from Maryland’s Darryl Morsell at the 3: 12 mark, Ohio Enlighten would shut the first half with a 10-3 lope, buoyed by a pair of consecutive deep three-pointers from Muhammad. Each came from virtually the same set up in front of the Terrapins bench, and Washington would add a pair of free throws and a riding layup within the ultimate minute to situation the seven-level lead.
The lead came regardless of an damage to starter Kyle Young. The junior forward, who has had his prepare minutes restricted and has feeble a walking boot on his valid leg to guard in opposition to a reoccurrence of the stress break he suffered in his decrease valid leg final season, went down hard as he grabbed an offensive rebound with 4: 36 last within the half. He hobbled to the baseline and became once helped into the locker room. He did did no longer return for the rest of the game with what became once launched as a valid ankle damage.
Young would gape the ultimate moments of the game from the bench with a walking boot on his valid ankle.
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