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Terps get back on track with win over OSU

Kevin Huerter hit three 3-pointers in an 18-point effort against Ohio State.

With the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team looking for a win to get back on track after two losses in a row freshmen Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter stepped up and delivered as Maryland downed the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes 86-77 at XFINITY Center on Saturday. Before the game, Maryland had a little extra boost of emotion as legendary Terps coach Lefty Driesell was honored by having a banner raised in the gym.

“I’m proud of my team. I thought we were very good at times. Offensively we were terrific,” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said. “We shared the ball nicely, had nine assists to eight turnovers and scored 86 points. We did a lot of great things offensively.”

Cowan scored 19 points on three 3-pointers and a 10-for-10 effort from the foul line while his classmate also naked three 3-pointers in an 18-point effort. Overall, Maryland hit 12 3-pointer against Ohio State. Jaylen Brantley was 3-for-4 from distance in an 11-point effort. Melo Trimble hit one as he scored 10 points in the game.

The Terps shot 49.1-percent from the floor as well in the game, edging the Buckeyes 48.2-percent success rate. But despite Ohio State shooting well and getting 24 points from Marc Loving and 20 points from Jae’Sean Tate, the Terps led wire-to-wire and were ahead by as many as 16 points in the game.

Much of the reason for that was Maryland’s superior depth. The Terps bench outscored the Buckeyes bench 33-0. Along with Brantley’s 11 points, LG Gill, Ivan Bender, Michael Cekovsky and Jared Nickens all contributed. Gill and Nickens both nails shots from outside the arc.

“We just try to help the starters when they get out of the game,” Brantley said. “Our coach always talks about how we need good production, so I feel like if we come out and be aggressive is when we win games. It also helps keep the bench well-rested.”

Maryland scored the first nine points of the game. The Buckeyes wouldn’t roll over, though and cut the Terps lead down to two points with 11:53 left in the first half. However, Maryland scored eight in a row not too long later to get ahead by 11 points. With 3:16 left in the first half back-to-back dunks by Cekovsky pushed the Terps head 40-24.

The Terps held onto a 45-31 halftime lead and were never really threatened in the second half.

The Buckeyes could trim Maryland’s lead down to as few as five points a few times late in the game, but Maryland always struck back quickly. Loving hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 77-72 game with 2:43 left, but after a 30-second timeout Huerter hit from deep to push Maryland back ahead by eight points.

Kam Williams then hit a 3-pointer on Ohio State’s next possession, but good defense wasted Loving’s shot on the Buckeye’s next possession. Cowan then made a 3-pointer to put Maryland back up by eight points with only 41 seconds left in the game.

Maryland went 3-for-4 from the foul line in the final minute to secure the victory.

Maryland will kick off a tough two-game road stretch on Wednesday when they travel to Northwestern. The Wildcats looks destined to make their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance this year.

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