Loving, Russell carry Ohio State past No. 16 Maryland, 80-56
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Marc Loving scored 19 points and D’Angelo Russell added 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Ohio State to an 80-56 victory over No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night.
Jae’Sean Tate, starting his third game in a row, added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes (17-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won three in a row — including the last two over ranked opponents at home.
Dez Wells had 12 points and Jake Layman 10 for Maryland (18-4, 6-3), which had won four of five.
Melo Trimble, who came in leading Maryland in scoring at 16.3 points per game, had a forgettable night. He missed all eight shots from the field, including four 3-pointers, and ended up with three points, one rebound and one assist.
One of the top rebounding teams in the conference, the Terrapins were pummeled on the boards, 51-32.
Ohio State was 10 of 17 behind the arc, with Loving making all five of his 3-point attempts.
Ahead by eight points at halftime, the Buckeyes took control early in the second period.
Up 41-32 just 3 minutes in, the Buckeyes went on a rapid-fire 7-0 run. Shannon Scott assisted on Tate’s layup, then slashed through the lane to flip in a drive. Russell then fed Sam Thompson for a 3 in front of the home bench to make it 48-32.
Loving hit consecutive 3s to push the lead to 54-38 with under 14 minutes left, and Maryland never got the deficit down to single digits again.
Russell, the Big Ten’s most recent player and freshman of the week, was spectacular in the opening half, scoring 12 points to go with seven rebounds and five assists.
The Buckeyes led 16-15 after Wells’ 3-pointer at the 6:35 mark — but the Terrapins didn’t score again for the next 2:58. They missed all five shots from the field with a turnover.
Meanwhile, Ohio State strung together several stops on defense while making enough plays at the other end to go on a 12-0 run.
After Loving hit a pull-up jumper and Lee a foul shot, Russell showed why many NBA mock drafts have him going among the top five picks should he elect to leave school early. He hit a long, arching 3 in transition while being fouled, then converted the free throw for a four-point play. He later took advantage of a late-recovering defender to hit another 3. Tate then popped in two free throws for a 28-15 lead.
Russell later added another highlight play. With the Terrapins hedging on a pick at the top of the key, he twice dribbled behind his back and, with two defenders on him, poured in another 3.
Maryland: Balance is clearly one of the Terrapins’ strengths. Who do you want to stop? And what will it cost you? Maryland is the only team in the Big Ten with three players averaging 13.5 points or more per game. Trimble came in at 16.3, Layman at 14.3 and Wells at 13.6.
Compare that with Ohio State, which had only one such player over that mark (Russell at 19.4 ppg).
Ohio State: It was the first Big Ten matchup between the teams, but they had met six previous times with Ohio State winning four.
The schools met in three consecutive seasons (1983-85), with the Buckeyes taking two. Terps All-American Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986 after being taken No. 2 overall in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, starred in all three, averaging 20.3 points and six rebounds.
Maryland: The Terrapins, who alternate home and away until stringing together a second straight home game on Feb. 24, return to XFINITY Center to play Penn State on Wednesday.
Ohio State: The Buckeyes hit the road for four of their next five games, starting with a game at Purdue on Wednesday.