Ohio basketball fell to Buffalo last night at the Convo, 69-64. The Bulls dominated Ohio in the first half, leading by 15 at the break by turning mistakes by the Cats into 16 points. Ohio came fighting back in the second half, cutting the lead down to four midway through the period. Ohio stayed within six points for the remainder of the game and had the lead at one with a minute left but could not hit open looks down the stretch and Buffalo hung on to win. Ohio was led by Nick Kellogg with 18 points. The Cats will host Kent State for senior day on Saturday. The game can be heard on Power 105 with pre game at 1 with the Bobcat Insider and the tip at 2.
Elsewhere in MAC action, Bowling Green bested Kent State, 73-66. Miami knocked off Akron, 65-61. Eastern Michigan blew past Central Michigan, 64-42. Western Michigan ousted Ball State, 88-81 in overtime and Northern Illinois upset Toledo, 74-66.
In NCAA top 25 play, #19 North Carolina outlasted NC State in overtime, 85-84. #16 Michigan edged Purdue, 77-76 in overtime. #15 Iowa State handled West Virginia, 83-66. #12 Virginia blew past Miami, 65-40. #8 Villanova dominated Butler, 67-48 and
The Athens Lady Bulldogs won their second-straight district crown last night, 58-51 over Jackson. The Lady Dogs were paced by Dominique Doseck with 25 points and held off a late surge from the Ironladies. Athens will now advance to play either Millersburg West Holmes or Philo in the regional semifinals next Tuesday night at 8 at Zanesville HS on 970 WATH.
The Cincinnati Reds opened spring training play yesterday with an 8-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. Reds pitching held Cleveland to just three hits on the game and Joey Votto and Ryan Ludwick singled home runs for the Reds. Chris Heisey had a strong start, hitting a two-run homer and a double. The Indians and Reds battle again today at 3.
The Cleveland Cavaliers picked up a huge road win last night, 114-104 over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavs and Thunder went back and forth in the first half with OKC leading by one at the break. The Thunder pushed the lead to four heading into the final frame, but Kyrie Irving went off, scoring 14 of 31 points in the fourth and Cleveland poured on 42 points in the period. The Cavs will now host the Utah Jazz on Friday at 7:30.
Elsewhere in the NBA, San Antonio bested Detroit, 120-110. Memphis topped the LA Lakers, 108-103. Dallas handled New Orleans, 108-89. Chicago toppled Golden State, 103-83. Boston defeated Atlanta, 115-104 and Orlando ousted Philadelphia, 101-90.
The Cleveland Browns released veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson yesterday. The Browns called the move mutual. The 30-year old Jackson was considered the Browns undoubted leader in the locker room, but it was not enough to overcome $4.1 million in bonuses due to him on March 15. Jackson ranks fourth in the league in tackles since 2011.
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