No. 3 Maryland cruises to 100-65 win over Ohio State

JaQuan Lyle, Melo Trimble

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added a season-best 22 and No. 3 Maryland bounced back from its first Big Ten loss of the season by breezing past Ohio State 100-65 on Saturday.

Diamond Stone scored 15 points for the Terrapins (16-2, 5-1), who moved on from a defeat at Michigan by reaching the 100-point mark for the first time since 2012.

Maryland led by 18 at halftime, 63-33 with 16 minutes remaining and 77-37 with 11 minutes to go.

The Terrapins haven’t lost two in a row since the 2013-14 season.

Playing his first season at Maryland following his transfer from Georgia Tech, Carter went 10 for 13 from field and made all four of his 3-point attempts. The 6-foot-9 junior eclipsed his previous career high of 21 points midway through the second half.

Sulaimon, a transfer from Duke, made nine of 10 field goal tries and contributed six assists.

Keita Bates-Diop scored 15 points for Ohio State (12-7, 4-2). The Buckeyes came in having won eight of nine, including four in the conference and an upset of Kentucky.

In this one, very little went right for Ohio State – especially in the second half. The Buckeyes went 1 for 13 from the field immediately after the break and allowed Maryland to connect on 11 of 15 shots. That’s how an 18-point lead expanded to 42 points with 10 minutes left.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon emptied his bench with 7 minutes remaining and the score 91-47.

Maryland scored a season-high 48 first-half points, going 19 for 30 from the field – including 7 for 10 from beyond the arc.

Ohio State hung with the Terrapins in the early going, but things went south for the Buckeyes after a three-point play by Stone launched a 13-4 run that included successive baskets by Jake Layman.

It was 34-26 before Sulaimon drove the hoop for a basket and Jared Nickens nailed a 3-pointer to spark a 14-4 spurt to end of the half.

TIP-INS

Ohio State: For only the third time in 19 games, the Buckeyes did not have a better shooting percentage than their opponent. … JaQuan Lyle came in ranked second in the NCAA among freshmen with 95 assists. He added four to that total. … The Buckeyes did not shoot a free throw in the first half and had only five assists before the break.

Maryland: The Terrapins had 14 assists in the first half, six by Melo Trimble, who did not score a point during the opening 20 minutes. He finished with eight points and nine assists. … Maryland ended a three-game losing streak against Ohio State, including a defeat in Columbus last season. … The Terps improved to 19-5 in Big Ten play since joining the conference last season.

UP NEXT

Ohio State travels to No. 24 Purdue on Thursday.

Maryland hosts Northwestern on Tuesday.