COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland opened the second half on a 14-0 run and would hold on for an 80-73 victory over Ohio State on Sunday afternoon in the XFINITY Center.
The Buckeyes fall for the second time this week and are now 10-5 on the year and 2-2 in Big Ten play. Maryland is now 11-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference.
Brice Sensabaugh and Justice Sueing led the way offensively as Sensabaugh scored 22 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Sueing added 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. This was Sensabaugh’s fifth 20-point game of the year and the second for Sueing.
Sean McNeil knocked-down a pair of three-pointers and finished with eight points. Roddy Gayle Jr. played well in his 16 minutes, finishing with six points and a pair of steals. The Buckeyes were without big man Zed Key who missed the game with a shoulder injury.
Outside of the run to start the second half, rebounding was the difference in the game. Maryland outrebounded Ohio State 40-26, which was the Buckeyes’ worst margin on the boards this season. The Terrapins also made the most of their many opportunities from the line, connecting on a season-best 27-of-33 attempts.
The first half was a game of small runs both ways. Each team used early 7-0 runs and the Buckeyes ended the half on a 6-1 run to take a 39-34 lead at halftime. Maryland then began the second half by scoring the first 14 points to take a 48-39 lead with 15 minutes to play.
A pair of Bruce Thornton free throws after Maryland’s third technical foul of the game sparked a 13-2 run that saw the Buckeyes climb back to within three at 62-59 with 6:15 to go. The lead remained three with just over two minutes left when Maryland capitalized on three-consecutive possessions to push the lead back out to eight and sealed the victory.
The Buckeyes return home to host Minnesota on Thursday evening at Value City Arena. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. This will be and FS1 All-Access broadcast in which both head coaches will be mic’d-up for the game.
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