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Bates-Diop powers Ohio State in 91-69 rout of Maryland

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) For the first 10 minutes or so of Thursday's game, Ohio State looked as if it might have an emotional hangover from last weekend's monumental upset of then-No. 1 Michigan State. But then the 3-pointers started going in.

Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a seven-point deficit, took a 24-22 lead with a Jae'Sean Tate dunk with 7:25 left in the first half and cruised to 91-69 rout of Maryland to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten.

''I thought they were way more physical and tougher than we were in the first 10 minutes, but our guys responded.'' Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said.

Keita Bates-Diop continued his torrid streak with 26 points for Ohio State, hitting 6 of 8 shots from beyond the arc. He had scored 27 against Iowa on Jan. 4, and followed with a 32-point performance against Michigan State on Sunday that earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

C.J. Jackson scored 14, and Tate added 13. Bates-Diop also had eight rebounds. Tate and C.J. Jackson each had six assists, and Kam Williams had five.

''We've got a group of unselfish guys,'' Tate said. ''We were able to find shooters, and luckily today nobody could miss.''

Michal Cekovsky at 7-foot-1 used his height advantage inside to lead the Terrapins with 18 points.

Maryland has suffered some misfortune, losing 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. Some of the remaining players were hit by illness.

''We don't have a lot of depth,'' Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. ''We're starting guys that should be bench guys, and we're playing guys that shouldn't be playing right now. But that's where we are, and we've got to get better.

''We're an absolute mess right now,'' he said.

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.

''I'm not a high-volume shooter, so just to knock those down was great,'' said Dakich, a graduate transfer from Michigan who had a career-high 11 points. ''Just to kind of give them a boost with that 12-point lead going into the second half.''

BIG PICTURE

Maryland: Had won eight of the last nine entering the game but caught Ohio State on a hot streak. The Terps sorely missed their three forwards who are out with injuries.

''We're just kind of like, well, we've got some guys hurt so we're kind of feeling sorry for ourselves instead of competing the way we need to compete,'' Turgeon said.

Ohio State: Bates-Diop is having a breakout season and getting lots of help from talented players around him.

RAINING TREYS

The 17 3-pointers were the second-most in Ohio State history, but Holtmann did his best to lower expectations.

''I don't think we can ever expect to make 17 3s in a game,'' he said. ''I think that's unrealistic. We made some shots tonight that on an average night that we're probably not going to make. Our guys did a great job sharing the ball. But I don't think we can expect these offensive numbers.''

PLAYING WITH ATTITUDE

Ohio State has a lot of season left but so far has exceeded expectations by a long shot.

The roster was thin in the summer when Holtmann replaced 13-year coach Thad Matta, and the Buckeyes were expected to limp through a disappointing season.

They've now won four straight and nine of the last 10.

''We were picked to be one of the last teams in the Big Ten,'' Tate said. ''No matter if we are 5-0 (in the conference), we're going to continue to play with that chip on our shoulder. I think that's really been a key to our success.''

UP NEXT

Maryland: At Michigan on Monday night.

Ohio State: At Rutgers on Sunday night.

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Key Players
A. Cowan Jr.
K. Bates-Diop
31.8 Min. Per Game 31.8
20.0 Pts. Per Game 20.0
1.4 Ast. Per Game 1.4
8.8 Reb. Per Game 8.8
40.6 Field Goal % 53.3
37.5 Three Point % 41.9
86.6 Free Throw % 82.1
  Defensive rebound by Kyle Young 4.0
  Jared Nickens missed layup 6.0
  Offensive rebound by Maryland 7.0
  Darryl Morsell missed layup 9.0
  Offensive rebound by Darryl Morsell 9.0
  Jared Nickens missed 3-pt. jump shot 11.0
  Bad pass turnover on Musa Jallow, stolen by Travis Valmon 16.0
+ 2 Jared Nickens made driving layup 22.0
  Turnover on Andre Wesson 26.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Reese Mona 38.0
  Offensive rebound by Reese Mona 36.0
Team Stats
Points 69 91
Field Goals 22-60 (36.7%) 32-57 (56.1%)
3-Pointers 8-22 (36.4%) 17-29 (58.6%)
Free Throws 17-26 (65.4%) 10-12 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 35 33
Offensive 13 5
Defensive 21 26
Team 1 2
Assists 12 25
Steals 7 3
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 7 9
Fouls 12 18
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 5 REB
26 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo Maryland 14-5 323769
home team logo Ohio State 14-4 444791
Team Stats
away team logo Maryland 14-5 72.8 PPG 43.2 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo Ohio State 14-4 70.6 PPG 37.5 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
00
M. Cekovsky C PPG RPG APG FG%
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K. Bates-Diop F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
M. Cekovsky C 18 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
K. Bates-Diop F 26 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
36.7 FG% 56.1
36.4 3PT FG% 58.6
65.4 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Cekovsky 18 5 0 7/12 0/1 4/5 3 18 0 2 1 4 1
A. Cowan Jr. 12 4 5 3/13 3/6 3/4 1 35 1 0 0 0 4
K. Huerter 12 7 3 4/10 4/6 0/0 0 34 1 2 1 3 4
D. Morsell 4 8 3 0/7 0/2 4/8 4 37 1 0 3 3 5
B. Fernando 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Cekovsky 18 5 0 7/12 0/1 4/5 3 18 0 2 1 4 1
A. Cowan Jr. 12 4 5 3/13 3/6 3/4 1 35 1 0 0 0 4
K. Huerter 12 7 3 4/10 4/6 0/0 0 34 1 2 1 3 4
D. Morsell 4 8 3 0/7 0/2 4/8 4 37 1 0 3 3 5
B. Fernando 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 2 16 1 0 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Tomaic 11 4 0 3/4 1/2 4/7 2 22 0 0 1 1 3
J. Nickens 4 1 0 2/8 0/4 0/0 0 21 0 0 0 0 1
R. Mona 4 2 0 1/1 0/0 2/2 0 6 1 0 1 1 1
S. Obi 2 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 1 0 0 0 0
T. Valmon 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
D. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Terrell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Tostado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 34 12 22/60 8/22 17/26 12 200 7 4 7 13 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bates-Diop 26 8 0 10/15 6/8 0/0 2 33 0 2 1 2 6
C. Jackson 14 4 6 4/9 2/5 4/4 3 28 1 0 2 0 4
J. Tate 13 6 6 4/8 1/2 4/5 4 30 0 4 1 2 4
K. Williams 8 4 5 3/6 2/3 0/0 1 27 1 0 0 0 4
K. Wesson 8 5 1 3/5 0/0 2/3 1 15 0 0 1 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bates-Diop 26 8 0 10/15 6/8 0/0 2 33 0 2 1 2 6
C. Jackson 14 4 6 4/9 2/5 4/4 3 28 1 0 2 0 4
J. Tate 13 6 6 4/8 1/2 4/5 4 30 0 4 1 2 4
K. Williams 8 4 5 3/6 2/3 0/0 1 27 1 0 0 0 4
K. Wesson 8 5 1 3/5 0/0 2/3 1 15 0 0 1 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Dakich 11 2 4 4/5 3/4 0/0 1 27 1 0 0 0 2
M. Potter 5 0 0 2/2 1/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0
J. Lane 3 0 1 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
A. Wesson 3 0 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 4 18 0 0 1 0 0
M. Jallow 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 10 0 0 2 0 1
K. Young 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
D. Hummer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Fulton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lehmann - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 91 31 25 32/57 17/29 10/12 18 200 3 6 9 5 26