Reese played a career-high 37 minutes and racked up 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists to go along with three blocks in his first NCAA tournament game.
Willard said the forward lost about 25 pounds in order to play expanded minutes at a potentially higher tempo.
The forward and center add to the Terps' frontcourt depth and take up their last two scholarship spots.
Amid coaching and roster changes, the Terps struggled to adapt and deliver.
The majority of the current Terps — including interim head coach Danny Manning — had never competed in the Big Ten before this season.
After a slow first half, the Terps came back with a vengeance but couldn't finish the regular season with a win.
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.