The number 5 Ohio State Buckeyes proved on Wednedsay night against Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge that if there’s spark – there’s fire.
Despite battling foul trouble in the first half, the Buckeyes burned the Terps from beyond the arc, in transition, and on the defensive side of the floor to help pace a 76-60 victory at Value Center Arena in non-conference play.
The Buckeyes were led early by LaQuinton Ross, who started the game 4/4 from three point range. His jump shot was a weapon early as his offensive play set the tone in the first five minutes of the game. He scored a total of 20 points, 17 in the first half, as the Buckeyes shot 60% from long range in the first frame. After an Aaron Craft drive to the paint turned kick out to the nearside corner three from Sam Thompson, Amedeo Della Valle checked into the game with 11:30 to play in the first half and drained a spot up three to give Ohio State a 24-12 lead nearly halfway through the first.
It was the trey that got the fired started, but there is no doubt that the ignitor was the transition play of Shannon Scott and Slam Thompson, who nearly connected on three straight alley-oops with five minutes to play in the first.