The Terps need to win their final two games to keep a 28-season long streak of positive records.
Ayala and Russell combined for 50 points against the ranked Buckeyes and Russell broke 2,000 points in his career.
The Terps never led during the game despite a 23-point game from Fatts Russell.
Eric Ayala's wrist injury has given Xavier Green and Ian Martinez increased playing time — it's paying off for the Terps.
The Terps have won their last two games with strong all-around performances.
The Terps snagged their second consecutive win — the first time they've done so since Jan. 25.
The Terps made progress in their last two games from defensive improvements.
The Terps had six players score double-digits, led by Fatts Russell with 23 points.
The Terps used the last break of their season to work on mental and physical health before their matchup with Nebraska.
Despite keeping the game close against No. 3 Purdue, the Terps fell to 11-14 on the season with its fifth straight defeat.