COLUMBUS, Ohio – Keita Bates-Diop was 6 for 8 from beyond the 3-point line and totaled 26 points in leading Ohio State to a 91-69 win over Maryland on Thursday night.
Senior Michal Cekovsky led the way on the offensive end for Maryland, finishing with a career-high 18 points. Redshirt freshman Joshua Tomaic also reached a career-high, scoring 11 points on the night. Sophomores Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr. both finished with 12 points a piece.
C.J. Jackson scored 14 and Jae-Sean Tate added 13 to power the surprising Buckeyes, who were coming off a huge upset of then-No. 1 Michigan State on Sunday.
Ohio State (14-4, 5-0 Big Ten) battled back from a seven-point deficit in the first half, took a 24-22 lead with a Tate dunk with 7:25 left in the frame and cruised from there, leading by as many as 28 points in the second half.
Bates-Diop continued his torrid streak after putting up 27 points against Iowa on Jan. 4, and a 32-point performance against Michigan State that earned him Big Ten Player of the Week honors.
Ohio State has won four straight and nine of the last 10.
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.
Maryland will continue its two-game road swing with a matchup at Michigan on Monday, January 15.