Michal Cekovsky finished with a career high 18 points, but it was not even nearly enough as Maryland fell on the road at Ohio State, 91-69.
Maryland much like on the road at Michigan State started out hot and raced to an early lead, but in the end, the Buckeyes remained unbeaten in Big Ten Play at 5-0.
The Terps fed Cekovsky their first two offensive trips down the court and were rewarded with two buckets.
Kevin Huerter made his first two three-point attempts and the Terps led 10-7 early.
After two more Cekovsky dunks, the Terps pushed their lead to the largest of the night at seven points.
Unfortunately, everything went downhill pretty quickly. Maryland led 22-15 before an onslaught ensued.
The Buckeyes went on a 22-2 run which started with an unlikely source of offense.
Senior transfer Andrew Dakich who averages just over three points a game, hit a three pointer to start the scoring run.
Dakich finished with a season-high 11 points and a season high three three-pointers made after having sunk only seven all season coming in. It was just that kind of night for Maryland.
Ohio State shoots 36% from deep on the season, and shot 59% tonight on 17-29. In the last two conference road games, Maryland has surrendered 33 made three-pointers to their opponents.
With an already undermanned squad, giving up so many three-pointers is not an ideal recipe for success to win when Maryland is already lacking offensive weapons.
Everyone knows Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender are out for the year, but Dion Wiley also missed this game due to a concussion he suffered in the home win against Iowa.
Freshman Bruno Fernando started, but did not look himself all game. He finished the first half with no points and just one rebound as he battled flu-like symptoms and saw minimal action in the second half.
Maybe the only positive to take away was Cekovsky had a career day on offense, and was able to exploit his size advantage down low.
There is not much else to say about this one. Maryland’s record now sits at 14-5, 3-3 in conference play.
Maryland will look to rebound next game on the road at Michigan on January 15.