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Ohio State's Russell Declares for 2015 NBA Draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman D’Angelo Russell has elected to declare for the 2015 National Basketball Association Draft. Russell made the announcement Thursday at Value City Arena.

Russell was a consensus All-American in 2015, making the first team on the Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and Associated Press All-America squads. He was named 2015 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, first team All-Big Ten, a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team and honored with the Jerry West Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate shooting guard. He also was a 2015 Ohio State Scholar Athlete.

Russell set an Ohio State freshman record in leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 675 points, leading the Buckeyes and all freshmen nationally with 19.3 points per game. The Louisville, Ky., native led the team in scoring in 24 games this season and his 32-consecutive double figure scoring games marked the most by an Ohio State freshman since Jared Sullinger had a streak of 17 games in 2010-11.

Russell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week and seven-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, tallied a team-high 5.7 rebounds per contest and ranked second on the team with 5.0 assists per game. He posted the fourth triple-double in program history, the first by a freshman and first against a Big Ten opponent with 23 points, 11 boards and a career-high 11 assists at Rutgers Feb. 8.

The Buckeyes concluded the 2014-15 campaign with a 24-11 record and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 2015 NBA Draft will be held, starting at 7 p.m. June 25, at the Barclays Center in New York. It will be televised by ESPN.

Since 1947, 50 Ohio State basketball players have competed for roster spots on National Basketball Association teams as league draft selections, including 23 first round draft picks. Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook were all taken in the first round during the 2007 NBA Draft with Oden going No. 1 (Portland), Conley No. 4 (Memphis) and Cook No. 21 (Philadelphia). All had just completed their freshman season at Ohio State. Jared Sullinger is the most recent Buckeye selected in the draft’s first round. He went to the Boston Celtics with the 21st pick in 2012. Evan Turner (2010, Philadelphia), B.J. Mullens (2009, Dallas then traded to Oklahoma City) and Kosta Koufos (2008, Utah) also are recent opening round Ohio State selections. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in 2010.
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BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- The Browns have benched quarterback Johnny Manziel because of his off-field behavior.

Coach Mike Pettine said Josh McCown will start Monday night's game against Baltimore in place of Manziel, who was recently given the starting job but has now been demoted to third string.

Manziel's benching comes in the wake of a video surfacing of him partying last weekend in Texas. He had promised not to bring any embarrassment to the team during its bye week, but Pettine said he was both disappointed and frustrated by Manziel's actions.

Pettine said owner Jimmy Haslam and general manager Ray Farmer support his decision.

In a statement, Pettine said "everyone in this organization wants what is best for Johnny just like we do for every player in our locker room. I'm especially disappointed in his actions and behavior because he has been working very hard."


MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Matt Johnson threw for 236 yards and had three total touchdowns, Travis Greene ran for 97 yards and two scores, and Bowling Green beat Ball State 48-10 on Tuesday night.

Johnson opened the scoring with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Folkertsma. After Fred Coppet and Greene ran in short TDs, Johnson had a 4-yard sneak with 36 seconds left in the first half for a 27-0 lead.

Matt Domer capped the scoring with a 95-yard touchdown run -- the second-longest TD run in school history -- with 39 seconds remaining.

Coppet had 109 yards on the ground and Domer added 105 yards for Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 Mid-American). Six Falcon rushers combined for 337 yards and five touchdowns.

Riley Neal was 24-of-40 passing for 154 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions for Ball State (3-9, 2-6).

Alfonso Mack, Eilar Hardy and Dernard Turner each had a pick of Neal.


DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Greg Windham and J.D. Sprague each threw a touchdown pass, Josiah Yazdani kicked four field goals and Ohio kept Northern Illinois from advancing to the Mid-American Conference title game with a 26-21 win on Tuesday night.

A.J. Ouellette rushed for 140 yards on 30 carries for the Bobcats (8-4, 5-3), to help put the Huskies (8-4, 6-2) in a holding position. Northern Illinois has to hope Western Michigan beats Toledo on Friday, which would create a tie among those three, to advance to the title game against East Division champion Bowling Green. The Huskies beat both teams and would win a three-way tiebreaker.

Sprague hit Jordan Reid for a 28-yard touchdown to opening the scoring and Windham threw 5 yards to Keith Heizman in the second quarter to make it 17-7.

NIU got within 20-14 with the only points in the third quarter before Yazdani hit two 25-yard field goals.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Troy Caupain and Jacob Evans III scored 15 points apiece, and No. 24 Cincinnati overcame low-percentage shooting to beat Southeastern Louisiana 64-49 on Tuesday night.

Playing as a ranked team for the first time in two seasons, the Bearcats (5-0) struggled to make shots and led by only three points midway through the second half.

Evans made a pair of free throws and back-to-back 3s that helped Cincinnati pull away down the stretch, finishing with a career high. Gary Clark had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Southeastern Louisiana (1-4) was coming off a coming off 92-65 loss at Nebraska on Sunday. Despite the travel and the quick turnaround, the Lions stayed with Cincinnati and trailed by only three points midway through the second half.

Zay Jackson had 15 points apiece for Southeastern Louisiana.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alex Hamilton had 24 points and three teammates also reached double figures when Louisiana Tech defeated Ohio State 82-74 on Tuesday.

Erik McCree had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-0), who are off to their best start since 1998. Jacobi Boykins added 16 points and LeAntwan Luckett 10.

McCree hit a 3-pointer with under two minutes to play to give the Bulldogs a 76-69 lead to put the game away.

Ohio State (2-2) never led and lost a second straight home game to a non-major conference opponent after winning its previous 151 back to December 1994.

Marc Loving led Ohio State with 25 points; Keita Bates Diop scored 12 points and JaQuan Lyle 10.

Ohio State battled back from its largest deficit, 40-31, with just over two minutes left to trail 42-38 at the half after Loving banked a pressured layup off the glass with 2.9 seconds to go.


ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (AP) -- Khalil Small made a key 3-pointer with 3:30 to play and Green Bay held on to beat Akron 66-63 on Tuesday night.

Charles Cooper scored 14 points to lead Green Bay (2-3). Jordan Fouse added nine points and 16 rebounds.

Pat Forsythe and Antino Jackson had 14 points apiece to lead Akron (3-2).

Cooper made a layup to stretch the Phoenix lead to 55-48. Jake Kretzer made a 3-pointer, Isaiah Johnson a pair of free throws, and Jackson added another 3-pointer and the Zips led 56-55 with six minutes remaining.

Carrington Love tipped in a shot, and split a pair of free throws before Small's 3-pointer stretched the Phoenix lead to 61-56. Kretzer made another 3-pointer to pull the Zips to 61-59. Fouse made a layup and Cooper was 3 of 6 from the line to cap the Phoenix scoring.

Jackson's 3-point attempt to tie it at the buzzer fell short.


KENT, Ohio (AP) -- Jimmy Hall scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Kent State beat Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) 79-60 on Tuesday night.

Xavier Pollard added 11 points for the Golden Flashes (3-1). Kent State took care of the ball with only five turnovers to 15 assists.

Greg Brown had 21 points for the Red Flash (2-2) on 8-of-12 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. However, the rest of his team was 1 of 10 from the arc and shot only 37.3 percent from the field. Josh Nebo added 11 points, seven from the free-throw line.

Kent State never trailed and led by 11 at halftime. The Golden Flashes had a 25-point lead, 70-45, after Chris Ortiz's basket with 8:06 to go.

The victory was the second in a row for Kent State while Saint Francis had a two-game win streak snapped.


DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Joe Thomasson scored 17 points with six rebounds and five assists to pace Wright State over Division III Mount St. Joseph 66-52 on Tuesday.

Thomasson was 6-of-10 shooting and made all five free throw attempts. Michael Karena had 12 points and Mark Alstork added 11 points with six boards.

Femi Thompson led Mount St. Joseph with 15 points. Joel Scudder and Travis Combs had 13 points apiece.

Wright State (2-3) scored the first eight points of the game and never trailed, as Mount St. Joseph was scoreless over the first 5:15 of the game until Combs hit a 3-pointer. A 7-2 run at the end of the first half put Wright State up 31-12 at the intermission.

The Lions trimmed their deficit to 11 on Thompson's 3-pointer with 8:27 left, but the Raiders ran off eight straight to fend off the challenge.

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