COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes are currently in a nosedive as the Ohio State men’s basketball team dropped their fourth straight game on Friday with a 75-61 loss to Maryland.
It was a close content for a majority of the first half as no team led by more than four points for the first 14:46 of the game.
Finally, the Terrapins started to tear away in the final minutes of the half to take a sturdy 45-38 lead over the Buckeyes thanks to a buzzer-beater three by Aaron Wiggins.
Ohio State came out hot after the half as the Buckeyes forced three turnovers in the first two minutes and went on a quick 6-0 run to cut Maryland’s lead to one just 1:32 into the second half.
Ohio State’s scoring burst was short-lived, however, as the Terrapins went on a 10-0 run in response while the Buckeyes failed to score a single point for 4:43.
The Buckeyes would finish by only scoring 23 points in the entire second half as Maryland ran away with a 75-61 victory.
Freshman guard Duane Washington Jr. gave Ohio State a solid scoring option in the loss as he posted 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the loss and also grabbed six rebounds.
Senior guard C.J. Jackson returned to the starting lineup against Maryland and gave the Buckeyes a team-high 15 points.
Sophomore big man Kaleb Wesson was the only other Buckeye to score in double digits as he posted a subpar eleven points by his standards and grabbed just six rebounds.
It was Maryland’s three-point shooting that did Ohio State in as the Terrapins shot an incredible 65% from behind the arc.
Crazy enough, Ohio State actually won the turnover battle by a wide margin in their loss to Maryland as the Terrapins turned the ball over 19 times while the Buckeyes only turned it over ten times.
12 Gauge And The Incomparable Script Ohio
During the last home game for Ohio State hoops, new transfer quarterback Justin Fields was spotted sitting courtside with now-former Buckeye QB Dwayne Haskins and former head coach Urban Meyer.
On Friday night, another former Ohio State quarterback was seen at Value City Arena as 2014 national champion Cardale Jones was spotted sitting courtside watching the basketball Buckeyes take on the Maryland Terrapins.
Current Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford was also spotted at the game as he chatted up Jones for a bit at halftime.
It was the Ohio State athletic band who was the center of attention at halftime though as the Buckeye band performed their hardwood rendition of Script Ohio for the entertainment of the fans.
With the loss to Maryland, Ohio State drops to 12-5 on the season and a dismal 2-4 in Big Ten conference play. The loss to the Terrapins marks the Buckeyes’ fourth straight defeat, the longest losing streak for Ohio State since January 2017. The Buckeyes finished 17-15 that season in what would end up being the final season of the Thad Matta era.
Ohio State will now turn their attention towards Purdue as they will try desperately to break their losing streak against the Boilermakers. Tip-off for that game is scheduled for 7:00pm ET on January 23rd at Value City Arena. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network.
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