Weekday Morning Sports – Wednesday 1/14/15

Sports Radio 1400 WSJM     @wsjmsports     wsjmsports.com     Wednesday, January 14, 2015

NCAA Basketball – Men’s
Last Night
Ohio State 71, Michigan 52

Ohio State 71, Michigan 52 – Ohio State defeats Michigan 71-52 in Big Ten showdown
D’Angelo Russell scored 21 points, Sam Thompson added 12 and Ohio State defeated Michigan 71-52 on Tuesday.  The Buckeyes (14-4, 3-2 Big Ten) also got 10 points from Amir Williams while Shannon Scott had eight assists to go along with seven points. Caris LeVert scored 14 points and Zak Irvin had 11 for the Wolverines (10-7, 3-2), who had a two-game winning streak end. Any chance the Wolverines had of erasing a 39-24 halftime deficit was lost when they went cold and the Buckeyes took a 52-24 lead. Neither team could score the first three minutes of the second half before the Buckeyes strung 13 in row. Four came via two Russell drives, another two points were inside by Amir Williams and Scott tossed the ball up for a Thompson slam and a 47-24 lead with 15:15 remaining.

Tonight
(12) Notre Dame at Georgia Tech, 7:00 p.m.
Ball State at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Miami (OH) at Central Michigan, 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Michigan at Kent State, 7:00 p.m.

NCAA Basketball – Women’s
Last Night
Western Michigan 62, Buffalo 59

WMU 62, Buffalo 59 – Broncos Improve to 3-1 in the MAC with First Road Win in Buffalo Since 2005
Senior guard A.J. Johnson pumped in a game-high 19 points and Western Michigan’s defense tightened down in the second half, as the Broncos improved to 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference with a 62-59 road victory at Buffalo Tuesday night.  The Broncos wiped away a six-point deficit in the first half, closing out the final 6:28 with a 14-4 run to lead 31-27 at halftime. WMU held the advantage the rest of the game, producing the program’s first win in Buffalo since Feb. 7, 2005. It was just the third ever road win against the Bulls in 10 all-time meetings in UB’s Alumni Arena.

Tonight
Central Michigan at Miami (OH), 7:00 p.m.
Ohio at Eastern Michigan, 7:00 p.m.

NBA – National Basketball Association
Tonight
New Orleans Pelicans at Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m.

NHL – National Hockey League
Last Night
Detroit Red Wings 3, Buffalo Sabres 1

Red Wings 3, Sabres 1 – Mrazek stops 25 shots as Red Wings beat Sabres 3-1
Petr Mrazek made 25 saves in his first start in place of injured starting goalie Jimmy Howard, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Buffalo Sabres 3-1 on Tuesday night. Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar scored for the Red Wings, who have won three of four. Mike Weber scored for the Sabres, who have lost eight straight. The Sabres honored Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek by retiring his No. 39 in a pregame ceremony. Hasek starred for Buffalo from 1992-01, winning six Vezina Trophies and consecutive Hart Memorial Trophies in 1997 and 1998, before being traded to Detroit, where he won Stanley Cups in 2002 and 2008. The Red Wings played for the first time since Howard injured his groin early in Saturday’s loss at Washington. Howard is the Red Wings’ second injured goalie. Jonas Gustavsson was placed on injured reserve Nov. 6 with a separated shoulder

NCAA Football – OSU’s Jones says he’s not NFL ready
The Ohio State Buckeyes made a triumphant return to Columbus on Tuesday, hours after their 42-20 win over Oregon in the first College Football Playoff title game.  Before the trip home, quarterback Cardale Jones told reporters in Dallas that he doesn’t think he’s ready for the NFL but that he and coach Urban Meyer will have a discussion about his future. Jones led the Buckeyes to three straight victories after opening the season as their No. 3 quarterback. He became the No. 1 signal-caller by the Big Ten title game following injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. Meyer said Tuesday morning that he’s confident he’ll have another strong team for next season. He also added that he is not currently interested in a job in the pro game.

NCAA Football – Left tackle Stanley to return to Notre Dame for 2015 season
Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley will return to school next season rather than enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound Stanley said Tuesday he made the decision after watching the national championship game, saying he believes the Fighting Irish could have a special team next year. The Irish return nine starters on offense and 10 on defense from this year’s 8-5 team and also are expected to return several starters who missed this past season because of academic ishonesty. Stanley is a junior academically who has two years of eligibility left. He has started every game the past two seasons, at right tackle in 2013 and left tackle this past season. Coach Brian Kelly says Stanley could be best tackle in college football next season.

NFL – Bears interview Marrone, Austin
Former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone interviewed for the Chicago Bears’ job as did Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. The team confirmed the interviews Tuesday. Marrone exercised an opt-out clause in his contract two weeks ago after leading Buffalo to its best finish in a decade, leaving some players stunned and unhappy with him. The Bills went 9-7 for their first winning season since 2004 but extended the NFL’s longest active postseason drought to 15 seasons. They went 15-17 in two seasons under Marrone. A former NFL offensive lineman, Marrone was the Saints’ offensive coordinator from 2006-08 and worked with new Bears general manager Ryan Pace.

NFL – Pro personnel director Kevin Turks no longer with Bears
The Chicago Bears have parted with director of pro personnel Kevin Turks. The Bears confirmed Tuesday that Turks is no longer with the team after spending the past two years in that role. He joined the organization in 2001, starting as an intern for a year before serving as a pro scout from 2002 to 2008 and assistant director of pro personnel from 2008 to 2012. The Bears are in transition after going 5-11 and missing the playoffs for the seventh time in eight years, costing general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman their jobs. Chicago hired Ryan Pace out of New Orleans’ front office as GM. The Bears are still looking for a coach.

MCCAA Basketball – Women’s – Community College Basketball
Tonight
Lansing Community College at Lake Michigan College, 5:30 p.m.             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

MCCAA Basketball – Men’s – Community College Basketball
Tonight
Lansing Community College at Lake Michigan College, 7:30 p.m.             Sports Radio 1400 WSJM

AHL – American Hockey League
Last Night
Chicago Wolves 3, Iowa Wild 0

Tonight
Grand Rapids Griffins at Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m.

MHSAA – High School Sports
Last Night
Boys Basketball
St. Joseph 61, Gull Lake 54
Jordan Brewer scored 14 of his team high 21 points in the second half as St. Joe beat Gull Lake 61-54.  Mac Shimulunas added 13 and Sam Szwabowski scored 11 for St. Joe, who improves to 4-2 .  Gull Lake is now 0-6.

Lakeshore 65, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 45
Logan Steffes had 19 points, 7 steals, and 7 assists in Lakeshore’s 65-45 win over Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.  Rubin Conway had a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds

Benton Harbor 70, Battle Creek Central 62
Curtis Dawson led Benton Harbor with 27 points at the Tigers defeated Battle Creek Central 70-62.  Jaton Gunn added 23 points for the Tigers.

Niles 76, Mattawan 65
Battle Creek Lakeview 48, Portage Central 42
Kalamazoo Central 55, Portage Northern 38
Dowagiac 72, Allegan 30
Edwardsburg 71, Cassopolis 61
Coloma 81, Comstock 45
River Valley 70, Michigan City Christian (IN) 50
Plainwell 53, Parchment 23
Paw Paw 59, Vicksburg 54
Wayland 69, Otsego 51
New Buffalo 64, Kalamazoo Hackett 40
Michigan City Christian at River Valley
Fennville 66, Saugatuck 37

Girls Basketball
St. Joseph 49, Gull Lake 40
Shelby Madison had 18 points and seven rebounds while Katie Algyre scored 9 points and had 5 assists as St. Joe won 49-40 at Gull Lake.

Benton Harbor 77, Battle Creek Central 65
Kysre Gondrezick had a game high 50 points as  Benton Harbor beat Battle Creek Central 77-65.

Lakeshore 60, Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 49
Morgan Kaiser had 18 points, while Carley Dubbert scored 13 points as Lakeshore defeated Kalamazoo Loy Norrix 60-49.

Michigan Lutheran 51, Watervliet Grace Christian 16
Michigan Lutheran got a game high 18 points from Emily Witkowski as the Lady Titans defeated Watervliet Grace Christian 51-16.  Olivia Gallager added 13 for Lutheran, which improves its record to 4-1.

Niles 61, Mattawan 54
Battle Creek Lakeview 43, Portage Central 28
Kalamazoo Central 72, Portage Northern 42
Berrien Springs 42, Bridgman 34
Buchanan 52, South Haven 29
Comstock 59, Coloma 42
Allegan 42, Dowagiac 32
Brandywine 63, Edwardsburg 31
Eau Claire 56, Countryside Academy 49
River Valley 56. Michigan City Christian (IN) 4
Wayland 57, Otsego 32
Plainwell 48, Parchment 32
Vicksburg 60, Paw Paw 48
Cassopolis at New Buffalo
Saugatuck 47, Bloomingdale 26
Decatur 39, Watervliet 31
Gobles 64, Fennville 21
Martin 52, Bangor 38

Boys Swimming
Bridgman/Lakeshore 104, St. Joseph 81

Tonight
Boys Basketball
Kalamazoo Home School at Andrews Academy
Martin at Gobles
Hartford at Lawton

Wrestling
SMAC Quad at St. Joseph, 5:00 p.m.                         (St. Joseph, Benton Harbor, Lakeshore, Niles)
Wolverine Quad at Dowagiac, 6:00 p.m.                   (Dowagiac, Coloma, Paw Paw, South Haven)
Wolverine Quad at Berrien Springs, 6:00 p.m.          (Berrien Springs, Edwardsburg. Sturgis, Three Rivers)