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No. 21 Maryland men’s basketball falls to Ohio State, 73-62, as road struggles continue – Baltimore Sun

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Felix Okpara had 12 points and 12 rebounds to help Ohio State men’s basketball finish its home schedule with a 73-62 win over No. 21 Maryland on Wednesday night.

Ohio State jumped ahead after Maryland led 4-2 in the opening two minutes thanks to a 12-0 run, and the Buckeyes didn’t give up their lead the rest of the way.

Maryland faced a 15-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining, then Don Carey went on an 8-0 run to pull the Terps (20-10, 11-8 Big Ten) within 67-60 with 1:34 left.

Ohio State (13-17, 5-14) went 4-of-4 from the free throw line in the final 70 seconds, and the Terps missed their final three shots as both teams went without a field goal in the last two-plus minutes of the game.

Ohio State's Bruce Thornton, left, and Maryland's Julian Reese fight for a loose ball during the first half of Wednesday night's game in Columbus, Ohio.

With the loss, Maryland slipped to 1-8 in conference road games this season under first-year coach Kevin Willard. The Terps are 10-0 at home in Big Ten play and have a program-record 13-game winning streak against conference opponents dating to last season, but their only road wins have come against Minnesota (7-20) and Louisville (4-26).

The Terps can still earn a double-bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament heading into Sunday’s regular-season finale at Penn State.

The Buckeyes took a 35-29 lead into halftime after keeping the Terps from coming closer than four points. Sean McNeil led all scorers with 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.

Six players reached double figures for the Buckeyes. Justice Sueing tallied 16 points, Brice Sensabaugh had 12, Isaac Likekele added 11 and McNeil and Bruce Thornton had 10 apiece.

Julian Reese (St. Frances) scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. Carey added 14 for the Terps as Maryland shot 44% from the field.

Maryland: Maryland’s scoring defense, which allowed 62.8 points per game and ranked third in the Big Ten entering the night, allowed its most points in the past five games. The Terps have lost their last six road contests.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes earned back-to-back wins for the first time since winning three in a row from December to January. It’s their second ranked win of the season.

This story will be updated.

Regular-season finale

No. 21 Maryland at Penn State

Sunday, noon

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 105.7 FM

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