COLLEGE PARK, Md. — A year ago today, C.J. Jackson was preparing to face the Silver Storm as Eastern Florida State College was about to host ASA Miami.

Today, Jackson was half the country and a world removed from there. With sophomore JaQuan Lyle away because of a family emergency, Jackson started his third game for Ohio State but his first without a safety net. The only point guard on the roster, Jackson played 34 minutes and scored 11 points — both career highs — in an 86-77 loss to No. 21 Maryland front of 17,950 fans at the Xfinity Center.

“I felt like we handled it pretty well, missing a quality player like JaQuan,” Jackson said. “We just had to do it by committee today and we showed that at times. Things happened down the stretch where we didn’t make the plays we needed to make and we didn’t come out with the win.”

Upon learning of Lyle’s situation after a win Wednesday at Value City Arena over Rutgers — with Jackson playing 28 minutes — the Buckeyes had to start figuring out what to do without Lyle against the Terrapins.

They didn’t have many chances. Coach Thad Matta said Ohio State was off Thursday and had only Friday’s practice and some time at Saturday morning’s shootaround to work on its plans.

The hope was to get Jackson breaks close to scheduled media timeouts and lean on him as much as possible, but others would have to step up as well.

Those duties primarily fell to senior Marc Loving and junior Jae’Sean Tate, who teamed up to bring the ball upcourt when Jackson was resting.

“I thought those guys did a good job,” Matta said. “There was no question we tried to get the ball out of their hands as quickly as we could and move them around on the floor. Honestly, no complaints. I felt with what we had today we did everything we could.”

Since replacing Lyle in the starting lineup Feb. 4 at Michigan as the sophomore dealt with an ankle injury, Jackson has averaged 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.0 minutes through three games. He’s shot 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) from the field, including 3 of 9 (33.3 percent) on three-point attempts, and has averaged 3.0 turnovers.

It has not been perfect, and Jackson doesn’t provide the potential to take over a game like Lyle can, but it didn’t cost Ohio State against Maryland.

“(It was) a few plays here and there,” Jackson said. “We didn’t start the game so hot. We played probably about 30 minutes the way we should’ve played and when you’re playing a good team like Maryland, that’s a big 10 minutes.”