COLLEGE PARK -- If you’re going to bounce back from a disappointing road loss, this might be the best way to do it.
After falling to Michigan on Tuesday, Maryland came back home and dominated Ohio State from nearly start to finish in a resounding 100-65 victory on Saturday afternoon in College Park.
It was a blowout fueled by offense against a team that eventually lost its offensive spark entirely. The Terrapins shot 62 percent from the floor, including 52 percent from three-point range while holding the Buckeyes to just 38 percent shooting.
Robert Carter, Jr. led the way with a career-high 25 points. Senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon supplemented that with a season-high 22 of his own.
The Terrapins scored 100 points for the first time since they did it beating Maryland-Eastern Shore in Dec. 2012.
Here are five things you need to know.
1) Turnovers an early issue
Not many would have guessed that Maryland would get in an early shootout with a team that ranks 151st in the nation in offensive efficiency, but that’s where we were after four minutes. That was a result of both teams hitting shots, but also the Terrapins turning the ball over.
Six turnovers in nine minutes helped Ohio State get its feet set and sparked the offensive push early. Luckily for Maryland, Robert Carter, Jr. was going to work. He had 10 points during that stretch to help the Terrapins tread water.
2) The tide turns
At some point, the numbers start catching up with you. Maryland’s collection of shooters turned it on, the turnover rate slowed, and the Terrapins took control.
A 9-2 burst to end the half was fueled by defense and more shot-making. A Jake Layman steal as the seconds dwindled in the first half turned into a buzzer-beating Rasheed Sulaimon layup to put the Terrapins up 18 at the break, 48-30.
Those 48 points were the most in the first half all season for Maryland, eclipsing the 46 points they scored versus Marshall and St. Francis.
3) The bench wakes up again
We know what we’re getting from Diamond Stone, but beyond that the Maryland bench has been a question mark. Saturday, they came to play.
After enduring the worst shooting slump of his career, sophomore Jared Nickens was 2-of-2 from three-point range in the first half. Senior Jake Layman said that shooters just need to keep shooting to get out of slumps. That’s what Nickens did.
Head coach Mark Turgeon continues to stick with his newest lineup adjustment, bringing Varun Ram as the first guard off the bench to improve the Terrapins’ defense while continuing to sit Jaylen Brantley.
Brantley would get into the game late and make a pair of nice passes for finishes at the rim and had four points and two assists.
4) Didn’t even need Melo’s offense
Those 48 points were a season high for Maryland in the first half and Melo Trimble scored zero of them. Instead, he was a distributor and tallied six assists in the first half.
The pick-and-roll continues to be more and more a part of his game. It’s almost automatic at this point. He was more assertive as a scorer in the second half and finished with eight points and nine assists.
5) Driving a point home
Up by 18 at the half, Maryland kept its foot on the pedal into the second half. By the 10-minute mark of the second half, the Terrapins led by 42 points, 82-40. That is not a typo. It was 82-40.
Maryland kept up the defensive pressure and defense shooting -- and hitting. The regular rotation stayed on the floor until the seven-minute mark and punctuated the afternoon with a few plays, namely Rasheed Sulaimon’s unbelievable fallaway jumper on the baseline and Layman’s big slam, plus the foul, in transition to put the team up by 44.