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Monday's college basketball: No. 4 Ohio State gets defensive in 73-65 win over Maryland

David Ginsburg
Associated Press

College Park, Md. — As he heads toward the end of his college basketball career, Kyle Young is determined to expend all his energy during every minute he’s on the court.

If he keeps playing this way, the Ohio State senior and his teammates just might keep running deep into March.

Ohio State guard CJ Walker, center, loses the ball while going up for a shot against Maryland guard Hakim Hart, left, and forward Galin Smith during the first half.

Young scored a career-high 18 points, Duane Washington Jr. also had 18 and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes used a relentless defensive effort to wear down Maryland in a 73-65 victory Monday night.

Young, a spirited 6-foot-8 forward, went 7 for 12 from the floor and grabbed four rebounds over 34 minutes. Coming off a 16-point effort against Iowa, Young sparked several key runs to help the Buckeyes (16-4, 10-4 Big Ten) secure their fifth straight win.

“It’s my fourth year, and I’ve been through a lot with these guys,” Young said. “As my time here is winding down, you don’t want to take anything for granted. I want to give it all I’ve got.”

Washington played well, too, but his face lit up when asked to talk about his feisty teammate.

“Kyle Young is the hardest-working dude I’ve ever played with,” Washington said. “Tonight he got his career high. I’m super happy for him.”

Young scored six points during an 11-2 run that turned Ohio State’s five-point halftime lead into a 46-32 advantage. After Maryland got within 10, Young scored five points and Washington popped a 3 during a 10-4 spurt that made it 58-42 with eight minutes left.

From there, Ohio State coasted to its first victory in College Park since the 1979 NIT.

The Buckeyes limited Maryland to 40% shooting and a 5-for-19 performance from beyond the arc. That, along with 10 3-pointers on the offensive end, was enough to get Ohio State its eighth win in nine games.

Aaron Wiggins scored 17 points and Eric Ayala had 13 for the Terrapins (10-10, 4-9), who didn’t have enough firepower to rally after going 0 for 9 to start the second half and falling behind by 14.

“Give them credit, they’re a good team,” coach Mark Turgeon said of Ohio State. “We couldn’t make a shot to start the second half. We go through some lulls. That’s who we are.”

Wiggins finished 6 for 15 from the floor and Ayala missed nine of his 12 field-goal tries.

“We had some really good possessions and just missed shots,” Turgeon lamented.

The Buckeyes went 8 for 16 from 3-point range in the first half and took a 35-30 lead at the break despite being outrebounded 17-14 and outscored 18-4 in the lane.

Ohio State trailed 13-5 in the early going before rattling off a trio of 3-pointers in the span of 57 seconds to take the lead. Then, after Maryland went ahead 25-19, Washington connected from beyond the arc to spark a 14-1 run that flipped the momentum.

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State’s leading scorer, had two fouls and no points in eight minutes before halftime. He finally got his first points by making two free throws with 16:48 remaining to put the Buckeyes up 41-32.

Young and Washington made up for an off night for Liddell, who finished with seven points.

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►(At) Minnesota 79, Nebraska 61: Marcus Carr scored 11 of his 19 points in the last five minutes, Jamal Mashburn Jr. added a career-high 11 points and Minnesota defeated Nebraska.

Brandon Johnson scored 13 points with 10 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (12-7, 5-7 Big Ten Conference), who had lost three straight and five of six, although the previous two wins were against current No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio State.

Minnesota weathered a drought of 71/2 minutes, missing 17 straight shots as Nebraska cut a 19-point deficit to 52-45 midway through the second half. Without leading scorer Teddy Allen, the Cornhuskers could get no closer, giving Carr, who only played 19 minutes because of foul trouble, time to get untracked. It was the fewest minutes played in a game in two seasons at Minnesota.

Allen, who had only three points on 1-for-10 shooting on Saturday at Michigan State, was held out of the game for what the Big Ten Network reported as “a failure to meet internal expectations.”

Lat Mayen tied his career high with 15 points for Nebraska (4-10, 0-7), which lost its seventh straight with six games postponed since its last win on Dec. 17. Shamiel Stevenson added 14 points.

Top 25

►No. 1 Gonzaga 82, (at) BYU 71: Jalen Suggs scored 24 points and Drew Timme had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead top-ranked Gonzaga past BYU.

Andrew Nembhard added 15 points and Corey Kispert had 13 as the Bulldogs (19-0, 10-0 West Coast Conference) led wire-to-wire in their 23rd straight victory.

The most recent loss for Gonzaga, a 91-78 setback against BYU, came on Feb. 22 last year.

Alex Barcello led BYU with 20 points, and Brandon Averette added 14 points and a team-high six assists. The Cougars (15-5, 6-3) lost for the sixth time in their last seven home games against the Zags.

Gonzaga quickly put BYU in a big hole and the Cougars spent the rest of the first half trying to climb out of it. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-2 lead four minutes in after scoring seven points off four turnovers. Five players had a basket, and Suggs capped the opening burst with a pair of buckets.

BYU cut the deficit to 19-13 on a 3-pointer from Averette, but Gonzaga did not let the Cougars get any closer before halftime.

Suggs and Timme combined to score five baskets over five consecutive possessions to fuel a 15-6 run. Timme capped the spurt with a jumper that gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the first half at 34-19.

BYU trimmed the margin to 52-44 early in the second period on a layup from Connor Harding. Nembhard slammed the door on a comeback, scoring three baskets over a two-minute stretch to push Gonzaga’s lead back to double digits.

The Bulldogs used a 20-6 run to build a 72-50 advantage with 7:19 remaining. Gonzaga hit nine straight shots during that stretch. Suggs made four of them, including on three straight possessions.

►(At) Kansas 78, No. 23 Oklahoma State 66: David McCormack scored all but two of his 23 points after halftime, Marcus Garrett had 17 and Kansas rolled past No. 23 Oklahoma State in the Jayhawks’ first game since their Top 25 run ended at 231 consecutive weeks.

Christian Braun added 15 points, Jalen Wilson had 11 and Ochai Agbaji 10 for the Jayhawks (13-7, 7-5 Big 12), who climbed to No. 3 early in the season but had lost five of their last seven to fall out of the poll for the first time since Feb. 2, 2009.

Perhaps that compelled Kansas to play like a ranked team for the first time in months.

The Jayhawks forced Oklahoma State star Cade Cunningham into committing seven turnovers while committing four fouls, and the Cowboys (12-6, 5-6) finished with 18 turnovers as a team in a haphazard effort on both ends of the floor.

Cunningham finished with 26 points, but was just 7 of 18 from the field, and fellow freshman Avery Anderson III had 13 points but also committed four turnovers, as the Cowboys allowed a 28-25 game at the break to get away from them.