For Maryland, the effects of a Tuesday-night upset loss to Michigan were obviously not long lasting.
The Terps bounced back from their first loss in conference play with an absolute throttling of the visiting Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday afternoon in College Park, winning in a 100-65 runaway.
Maryland shot a scintillating 62.7 percent from the field on the game, on fire in both halves, shooting 63.3 percent in the first 20 minutes and 62.1 percent in the final 20 minutes.
Robert Carter and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 47 points, Carter scoring 25 and Sulaimon pouring in 22, each making four 3-pointers.
Things didn't even get out of hand until the final few minutes of the first half and the opening minutes of the second half. Ohio State was actually within single digits, trailing by eight after a Trevor Thompson layup with five and a half minutes remaining before halftime. But Maryland closed the first half on a 14-4 run, Sulaimon scoring seven of those points, to build an 18-point halftime advantage.
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Then the Terps exploded out of the break, outscoring the Buckeyes by a stunning 29-7 margin over the first nine minutes of the second half. Maryland's lead got as big as 44 as Ohio State was just completely inept on the offensive (and defensive, for that matter) end. The Buckeyes shot just 29.6 percent from the field in the second half, scoring just 17 points in the first 12 and a half minutes of the period.
Carter's 25 were a game high, a season high and a career high. He was 10-for-13 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Sulaimon finished with 22 points, missing just one of his field-goal attempts, going 9-for-10 and 4-for-5 on 3s. Diamond Stone added 15 points, and Jake Layman finished with 10. A game after scoring just two points against Michigan, Melo Trimble looked far more like his usual self, scoring just eight points but making one brilliant pass after another and finishing with nine assists.
The Buckeyes suffered their worst loss during Thad Matta's tenure as the team's head coach. Keita Bates-Diop had 15 points to lead Ohio State, with JaeSean Tate adding 12 and Thompson accounting for 10.
The win sent the Terps to 16-2 on the season and 5-1 in conference play. Next up is a Tuesday game against Northwestern.
The Buckeyes dropped to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in league play with the loss. After going on a seven-game winning streak, they've lost two of their last three games. Next is a Thursday trip to face Purdue.