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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Alyssa Thomas had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 8 Maryland overcame a shaky first half to beat Ohio State 67-55 Wednesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Terrapins (8-1) led by only three points at the break before returning to make their first four shots as part of an 11-2 run that made it 40-28. Thomas scored six points in the spree and Brene Moseley sank Maryland's first 3-pointer of the game.
Ohio State (6-4) closed to 56-53 with 2:58 left, but a 3-pointer by Lexie Brown, a layup by Moseley and two free throws by Thomas ended the suspense.
Maryland finished 7-0 as an Atlantic Coast Conference representative in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge _ the only team from either conference that is unbeaten in the event. The Terrapins move to the Big Ten next year.
Ameryst Alston scored 18, and Cait Craft and Matina Ellerbe had 11 apiece for the Buckeyes, who were coming off a 21-point loss to top-ranked Connecticut. Ohio State fell to 2-5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, including 0-2 against the Terps.
The Buckeyes never led in this one, but they certainly made it interesting. After Maryland opened up a 12-point lead with 8:29 remaining, Alston made two foul shots and a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 run that got Ohio State in position to pull off an upset.
The Terrapins, however, scored 11 of the game's final 13 points to doom the Buckeyes to their third loss in four games.
Maryland built a 29-26 halftime lead despite missing 22 of 31 shots from the floor and committing eight turnovers.
Thomas had nine points, six rebounds and half the Terrapins' four assists. But Maryland couldn't shake the pesky Buckeyes, who trailed 12-6 early before getting within a point on three different occasions.
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