Mark Turgeon frustrated by officiating in Maryland's loss to Ohio State, says Kaleb Wesson 'allowed to bully'
Ohio State got a huge victory on Sunday afternoon, ending No. 7 Maryland’s winning streak at nine games and adding another solid win to its NCAA tournament resume. But Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon didn’t feel like his team was given a fair shot.
Following Maryland’s 79-72 loss to Ohio State, Turgeon spoke with the media about his team’s first loss of the month. And, apparently, he wasn’t too pleased with how the game was officiated, especially when it came to Buckeyes big man Kaleb Wesson.
“He was allowed to be the bully offensively today. I mean, he stuck a forearm right into [Jalen Smith’s] chest twice,” Turgeon said after the game. “I guess you’re allowed to do that here in this building. …And if he’s allowed to be the bully, he’s a heck of player.”
Wesson finished the game one rebound shy of another double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing nine boards in the win for Ohio State. But he was one of five Buckeyes to reach double figures, with Luther Muhammad scoring 22, Duane Washington adding 13 and C.J. Walker and Andrew Wesson each pitching in 12 points.
Maryland still owns a two-game lead in the B1G standings, slipping to 12-4 in conference play and 22-5 on the year. With games against Minnesota, Michigan State, Rutgers and Michigan still remaining, the Terps still have an outside chance to play for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
But none of that came of relief to Turgeon, who left Columbus frustrated on Sunday afternoon.