LaQuinton Ross sizzles as No. 5 Ohio State routs Maryland

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Columbus, OH, United States (4E Sports) – LaQuinton Ross buried a career-best four triples in a 17-point first-half performance as No. 5 Ohio State pulled away early en route to a 76-60 win over Maryland in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge Wednesday at Value City Arena.

Ross finished with 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Sam Thompson added 14 off the bench, Lenzelle Smith Jr. 12 and Aaron Craft had 10 points, six assists and five steals as the Buckeyes improved to 7-0.

The Buckeyes returned to their winning ways in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge after losing to Duke last season, improving their record to 6-6. They had a four-game winning streak before losing to the Blue Devils.

Ohio State held a 25-8 advantage in points off turnovers as the Terrapins turned the ball over 14 times. The Buckeyes also held Maryland to 2-18 shooting from 3-point range, a season low in made 3 pointers and 3-point percentage for the Terrapins.

Dez Wells scored 19 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Evan Smotrycz had 15 points and seven boards and Charles Mitchell scored 12 points and grabbed 11 boards for the Terrapins (5-3), who will move to the Big Ten next season

Ross waxed hot early, making four triples in the first five minutes of play to give the Buckeyes an 18-9 lead.

The Buckeyes later doubled their lead, 24-12, after back-to-back triples by Thompson and Amadeo Della Valle.

Ohio State then closed the first half with an 8-0 burst behind four free throws by Craft and Amir Williams and layups by Ross and Thompson for a 43-26 lead at the break.

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