COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Keita Bates-Diop was 6 for 8 from beyond the 3-point line and totaled 26 points in leading Ohio State to a 91-69 rout of Maryland on Thursday night.
C.J. Jackson scored 14 and Jae-Sean Tate added 13 to power the surprising Buckeyes, who were coming off a huge upset of then-No. 1 Michigan State on Sunday.
Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first half, took a 24-22 lead with a Tate dunk with 7:25 left in the frame and cruised from there, leading by as many as 28 points in the second half.
Bates-Diop continued his torrid streak after putting up 27 points against Iowa on Jan. 4, and a 32-point performance against Michigan State that earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Ohio State has won four straight and nine of the last 10.
Anthony Cekovsky at 7-foot-1 used took his height advantage inside to lead the Terrapins with 18 points.
Maryland has lost its two lead power forwards and a key reserve -- accounting for about 19 points per game -- to season-ending injuries in the past two weeks.
The Buckeyes led 44-32 at the half on the strength of a 22-2 run that included a trio of 3-pointers from Andrew Dakich and a pair from Bates-Diop.
Maryland: Had won eight of the last nine entering the game but caught Ohio State on a hot streak. The Terps really missed their three forwards who are out with injuries.
Ohio State: Bates-Diop is having a breakout season and getting lots of help from talented players around him.
Maryland: At Michigan on Monday night.
Ohio State: At Rutgers on Sunday night.
D.J. Durkin, head football coach at the University of Maryland, was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday as the school investigates claims of abuse and actions which may have led to the June death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
The Randallstown, Md. native collapsed during an outdoor team workout on May 29 and died two weeks later. ESPN is reporting his death to be the result of an official heatstroke.
On Sunday, Governor Larry Hogan shared his thoughts on the matter:
Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, issued his own statement Saturday sharing "I am profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student-athletes on the team."
Loh also announced Matt Canada will serve as interim head football coach.
Durkin is preparing to enter his third season at Maryland. The team begins the 2018 season September 1 at home hosting Texas.
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After allegations of abuse came to light Friday, Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave effective immediately, Maryland Athletic Director, Damon Evans announced Saturday evening.
In his absence, Matt Canada will take over as interim head coach.
Maryland & AD Evans released a statement on the decision:
University of Maryland's President, Wallace Loh, issued this statement about the football program soon after: