Last Update on January 25, 2015 06:36 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After leading Ohio State to a national championship, Joey Bosa had one question for the 45,000 fans who crowded into Ohio Stadium in late January.
"How are you guys out here right now? It's freezing," he said from a makeshift stage erected on the south end of the field.
Buckeyes fans were on their feet as coach Urban Meyer and the team emerged from the southeast tunnel obscured by fog and flanked by flames. Onstage, local politicians delivered speeches and players danced and joked with each other while chants of "O-H! I-O!" rang out throughout the stadium and several highlight videos from the Buckeyes' 14-1 season played on the scoreboard.
The university awarded 2,500 free passes allowing fans to watch from the field. More than an hour before the event got underway, they lined a barrier on the 45-yard line as children did somersaults and threw footballs in the north end zone and Brutus Buckeye high-fived those at the front.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson has been ruled out from playing in the NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday night because of a lower body injury.
The Lightning also announced that it's unclear whether the second-year player will be able to compete in the All-Star game on Sunday. The team did not reveal the severity of the injury or how Johnson was hurt.
Johnson is eighth in the NHL and leads Tampa Bay with 48 points (17 goals and 31 assists) in 46 games this season.
He is a member of Team Toews, and was selected to compete in the challenge relay.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Dyshawn Pierre scored 21 points, and Dayton led a double-digit lead slip away before rallying to beat Richmond 63-60 on Saturday night, remaining unbeaten at home.
The Flyers (16-3, 6-1 Atlantic 10) led by 10 points at halftime but went cold at the start of the second half, allowing the Spiders (10-9, 3-3) to make it a game.
Scoochie Smith's two free throws put Dayton up 63-60 with 13.6 seconds left, and ShawnDre' Jones' attempt at a tying 3-point shot was short as time ran out.
The Flyers moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time this season and got drubbed 77-60 at Davidson on Tuesday night, their most lopsided loss of the season. They needed a big finish to pull this one out.
T.J. Cline led the Spiders with 14 points.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Myles Davis scored 25 points and Trevon Bluiett 21, both career highs, and Xavier rallied in the second half for an 89-76 victory over DePaul on Saturday.
Matt Stainbrook was 7 for 7 in adding 17 points for the Musketeers (13-7, 4-4 Big East), who were down eight points at halftime.
The Musketeers hit 17 of 26 attempts in shooting 65.4 percent in the second half, 57.4 for the game. They made only 3 of 17 3-pointers but dominated inside with a 52-24 scoring advantage. Xavier only had five turnovers and made nine steals, five by Dee Davis, in picking up 17 points off 14 turnovers by the Blue Demons.
DePaul (11-10, 5-3) shot 63.3 percent in the first half when it made 11 of 19 3-pointers, but plummeted to 30 percent in the second half and just 2 of 13 from the arc. Tommy Hamilton scored 15 points.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Bobby Hain had 14 of his 21 points in the second half and Youngstown State beat Illinois-Chicago 77-64 on Saturday night.
Marcus Keene also scored 14 of his 19 points, and DJ Cole 13 of his 15, after the break. The Penguins (10-13, 1-7 Horizon) shot 15 of 22 including 5 of 7 from 3-point range in the second half, outscoring UIC 51-36 after trailing 28-26 at halftime.
Youngstown opened the second half with six straight points to take the lead for good and had a 16-5 run to lead 66-50 with 4:55 left. UIC (5-16, 1-5) got no closer than 68-60 on Paris Burns' layup with two minutes to play.
The Flames opened with an 18-6 run and led 23-12 with 6:21 to go in the first half. Youngstown answered with an 8-0 run but never led in the first half.
Jason McClellan had 19 points and Burns 16 to lead UIC.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Julius Brown scored 28 points and sank four key free throws in the final 18 seconds to lead Toledo to a 71-67 win over Bowling Green on Saturday night.
Brown shot 8 of 15 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and finished 9 for 10 from the foul line. Justin Drummond contributed 18 points and nine rebounds and Nathan Boothe scored 12 as Toledo (11-8, 3-3 Mid-American) snapped a two-game skid.
Trailing by a point midway through the second half, Toledo pulled away with an 8-0 burst that included a pair of layups from Brown to make it 57-50 with 7:48 left. Bowling Green (12-5, 4-2) cut the margin to two with Jovan Austin's layup that made it 67-65 with 22 seconds left, but Brown cemented the win with four straight free throws down the stretch.
Richaun Holmes led Bowling Green with 14 points, while Austin finished with 13.
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) -- Maurice Ndour scored a career-high 31 points, including the game-winning dunk with 0.6 seconds to play, and Ohio beat Buffalo 63-61 on Saturday.
Trailing 32-31 at halftime, Buffalo rallied and led 58-53 with 3:24 to go. Ndour scored the next eight points to give Ohio a 61-58 advantage with 56 seconds remaining. Ohio tied it at 61 on Jarryn Skeete's 3-pointer with 41 seconds left. But Antonio Campbell grabbed an offensive rebound with 2.9 seconds remaining and, after a timeout, Campbell threw the ball down the court to Ndour, who dunked for the game-winner.
It was Ndour's 15th double-figure game this season. His layup with four seconds left put Ohio up 32-31 at halftime.
Ryan Taylor scored 12 points for Ohio (7-10, 2-4 Mid-American) and Campbell grabbed 10 rebounds.
Xavier Ford and Justin Moss led Buffalo (12-6, 3-3) with 11 points each. Raheem Johnson added 10.
MIAMI (OHIO)-N ILLINOIS
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -- Will Sullivan scored 14 points, made four free throws in the closing seconds and Miami (Ohio) won for the first time on the road with a 60-55 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Northern Illinois' Anthony Johnson scored five straight points to tie it at 54 with 2:08 to play. Eric Washington answered with a layup to give the Redhawks a 56-54 lead. Darrell Bowie split a pair of free throws to pull the Huskies within one before Sullivan made his shots from the line with 19 and 13 seconds left to ice it for the Redhawks, who led for all but 3 minutes.
Miami (7-12, 2-4 Mid-American) had been 0-7 on the road.
Aaron Armstead scored 15 points to lead Northern Illinois (8-9, 2-4). The Huskies shot 17 of 51 for 33 percent, were just 5 of 30 for 16.7 percent from deep, and missed nine free throws.
KENT ST-BALL ST
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Jimmy Hall scored a career-high 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting to lead Kent State to a 63-52 win over Ball State on Saturday.
Hall also had eight rebounds and Kris Brewer added 11 points as Kent State (14-5, 5-1 Mid-American) shot 51 percent from the field on 49 attempts to extend its win streak to five.
Kent State took control with a 12-2 run that included three buckets from Hall to close out the first half and take a 32-23 advantage into the break. The Golden Flashes continued to pull away in the second half.
Sean Sellers led Ball State (7-10, 2-4) with 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and six rebounds. Franko House added 13 points and Bo Calhoun had 12 for the Cardinals, who have lost four straight.