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Maryland's Melo Trimble, left, goes up to shoot over Ohio State's JaQuan Lyle during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. Maryland won 66-61. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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Trimble leads No. 8 Maryland past Ohio State 66-61

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Melo Trimble scored 20 points, Jake Layman added 16 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland made six free throws in the final 25 seconds to beat Ohio State 66-61 on Sunday.

Trimble hit a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2:03 remaining for a 60-55 lead before Marc Loving made a pair of foul shots for Ohio State to trim the lead to three.

Maryland’s Robert Carter, who had 10 points, then made both shots from the line with 24.4 seconds left. JaQuan Lyle made 1 of 2 foul shots for OSU to cut the deficit to 62-58 but Rasheed Sulaimon hit two free throws for Maryland (19-3, 8-2 Big Ten) with 13.5 seconds to go.

Jae’Sean Tate, who had 16 points for Ohio State (14-9, 6-4), made a 3-pointer with 5.9 to go but Trimble was fouled and made two more foul shots with 5.4 remaining to seal the win.

Ohio State, who lost to the Terrapins by 35 points earlier this month, went ahead 51-50 on Kam Williams’ jumper with 6 minutes but Trimble hit two foul shots to regain the Maryland lead.

The Terrapins couldn’t extend their more than four over the next few minutes before Trimble’s 3-pointer.

Maryland withstood everything Ohio State had to offer and took a 37-31 lead into halftime after trailing by seven less than eight minutes into the game.

TIP-IN

Maryland: The Terrapins’ 100-65 vs. the Buckeyes on Jan. 16 was the worst defeat for Ohio State coach Thad Matta in his 12 seasons there as coach.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes still lead the series 5-4 but dropped to 3-1 at home vs. the Terrapins. OSU went with the same starting five for the third straight game. Starting center Daniel Giddens committed his second with 33 seconds left in the first half and his third 7 seconds later

UP NEXT

Maryland plays Wednesday at Nebraska.

Ohio State is at Wisconsin on Thursday.

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

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland had no intention of allowing its first Big Ten defeat of the season to become part of a rare losing streak.

So when Ohio State came to town, the third-ranked Terrapins were in serious bounce-back mode.

Robert Carter Jr. scored a career-high 25 points, Rasheed Sulaimon added a season-best 22 and Maryland rolled to a 100-65 victory on Saturday.

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

“I’m really happy for the guys because it was a tough loss and we hadn’t played well and everybody starts to talk about you,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said. “So to go out and really put a performance together is good for them.”

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

“The Michigan game, we didn’t compete at the highest level,” Carter said. “We had times in the game when we slipped up and they made shots. (Today) we locked in the whole game.”

Turgeon said the loss to Michigan “probably helped us win the way we did today.”

The Terrapins haven’t dropped two straight since the 2013-14 season.

Playing his first season at Maryland after transferring 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.

“What Carter did was incredible,” Ohio State coach Thad Matta said.

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.

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

“I told Mark after the game, we didn’t do a whole lot to stop them,” Matta said. “I’ve been doing this for a while and that was one of the best performances I’ve seen just in terms of them making shots and having their way with us.”

Maryland shot 63 percent from the floor, went 11 for 21 from 3-point range and finished with a 35-30 advantage on the boards.

“They were driving, kicking and banging shots and we just couldn’t stop it,” Matta said.

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.

A HELPING HAND

Ohio State: The Buckeyes finished with 13 turnovers compared to only seven assists.

Maryland: The Terrapins had a season-high 23 assists, nine by Melo Trimble and five by Sulaimon.

“The best part is Melo trusts his teammates so he doesn’t force anything,” Turgeon said.

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 Trimble, who did not score a point during the opening 20 minutes. He finished with eight points. … 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.

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Ohio State travels to No. 24 Purdue on Thursday.

Maryland hosts Northwestern on Tuesday.

First-half struggles doom No. 4 Kentucky against Ohio State

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to Alex Poythress (22) during a time out in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Ohio State Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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One week after they were blown out at UConn on national television, Ohio State wasn’t given much of a chance to compete with No. 4 Kentucky much less win the game. But games are played for a reason, and Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn the Buckeyes outplayed the Wildcats and won by the final score of 74-67.

Once again Kentucky got off to a slow start offensively, and outside of freshman guard Jamal Murray the Wildcats struggled to get much going against Ohio State. Murray scored 33 points on the day, shooting 12-for-23 from the field and 7-for-9 from three in his best performance of the season. Ohio State didn’t have an answer for Murray, but the good news for the Buckeyes was that the other key Wildcats struggled and a 20-7 first half run gave them the cushion they needed to pull off the upset.

Tyler Ulis shot 4-for-12 from the field and Isaiah Briscoe made just one of his eight field goal attempts, and given the inconsistency of Kentucky’s front court John Calipari can’t afford to have his guards struggle to put points on the board. As a team the Wildcats shot 30.5 percent in the first half, and overall they struggled mightily inside of the arc. Kentucky shot 9-for-19 from three with the aforementioned Murray being the biggest reason why, but it’s tough to win games when shooting just over 36 percent from two.

Part of that can be placed upon penetrating guards taking challenged shots. But another issue is the play of the Kentucky big men, and outside of Marcus Lee they’ve struggled to find positive answers.

How can Calipari get what he needs from his big men? It goes without saying that Skal Labissiere has much further to go in his development than anyone imagined before the season began. The freshman finished Saturday’s game with two points and five rebounds, shooting 1-for-7 from the field and being rendered ineffective by the Buckeyes.

Lee has been Kentucky’s most consistent front court player and that was once again the case against Ohio State, as he tallied 12 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes before fouling out. But he needs help. With Labissiere being where he is development-wise and Alex Poythress still struggling to play with the aggressiveness and athleticism his coach is demanding of him, the Wildcats will continue to have issues moving forward if strides aren’t made.

Ohio State was the more aggressive team from the start, and outside of some turnover issues in the second half as Kentucky fought back to within three points Thad Matta’s team played well. Keita Bates-Diop scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Marc Loving added 12 and nine boards. There’s still a lot of room for this team to grow, and Saturday’s win is a highly valuable confidence booster for the young Buckeyes.

That being said, it’s hard not to return the focus to a team viewed as the clear favorites in the SEC and a national title contender. Ulis and Briscoe will have better afternoons. But if Kentucky is to be a major player nationally this season they’ll need more from their front court options, most notably Poythress. None of Kentucky’s big men have to be “20 and ten” players, but they’ve got to play with more aggression and consistency than they have in many of the Wildcats’ games to this point if this group is reach its goals.