Coach Willard made sure players such as Donta Scott, Hakim Hart and Julian Reese could have roles in the new-look squad.
Ayala and Russell combined for 37 points in their final outing as Terps.
With the loss, the Terps finish the season with a losing record for the first time since 1993.
The Terps went down 18-1 early and never managed to take the lead throughout the game.
Jamison Battle scored 39 points, but the Terps were able to come away with a win off a strong team effort.
The Terps managed to hold onto its lead despite challenge from the Golden Gophers' Jamison Battle who finished with 39 points.
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.
The Terps snagged their second consecutive win — the first time they've done so since Jan. 25.
The Terps had six players score double-digits, led by Fatts Russell with 23 points.