No. 24 Maryland holds off shorthanded Ohio State

Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 19 points as No. 24 Maryland defeated Ohio State 72-62 in a Big Ten Conference game Saturday to secure a season sweep of the Buckeyes.Serrel Smith Jr. added a career-high 14 points off the bench for the Terrapins (21-7, 12-5 Big Ten), who improved to 7-1 in conference home games.Bruno Fernando had all 14 of his points after the break for the Terrapins, who played without freshman guard Eric Ayala (illness) for the entire second half.Fernando also finished with 10 rebounds, giving him his 18th double-double of the season, tying Joe Smith (1994-95) for the fifth most in a season in Maryland history.Duane Washington Jr. scored 15 points off the bench for Ohio State (17-10, 7-9), which had won four of six entering the day but were without senior guard C.J. Jackson. The Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer at 12.5 points per game sat out with a shoulder injury and was listed as day to day.Maryland held Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State’s top scorer at 14.7 points per game, to seven points on 3 of 12 shooting.It marked the third time in the last four seasons that Maryland completed a season sweep of the Buckeyes. The Terrapins won 75-61 at Ohio State on Jan. 18 and are 6-2 against the Buckeyes since entering the Big Ten in 2014-15.

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