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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Adonis Filer notched a season-high 23 points and Florida Atlantic handed Ohio State its first home loss of the season, 79-77 in overtime on Tuesday night.A mishandled pass by Marc Loving gave FAU a last-shot opportunity, and Nick Rutherford banked in a layup for the lead with one second left in overtime.In a win that came as a surprise to most OSU fans, the Owls were vocally excited as they left the court and headed to the locker room. According to FAU coach Michael Curry, the win over the Buckeyes ranks as one of the best in program history.This is one of the top two or three for sure, Curry said. Were thankful for the opportunity to come up here and play a really good team.Rutherford, who finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, was given the opportunity for the last shot. After dribbling near half court to drain the clock, he went one-on-one with Kam Williams. Even with little space, Rutherford said he was confident in his playmaking ability once he got a glimpse of daylight.Coach drew up a play. It was a zipper (a play) for me to catch at the top, Rutherford said. The goal was to get the last shot. I brought it into the middle, and I saw space in the paint, so I went around my man and put it off the glass.The Buckeyes lead by a point at halftime, and held an 11-point lead midway through the second half, but late turnovers and missed shots allowed the Owls to capture the win.Jeantal Cylla and Frank Booker added 15 points apiece, while Ronald Delph grabbed 10 rebounds for the Owls (3-5).Trevor Thompson scored 16 points before fouling out for the Buckeyes (7-2). JaQuan Lyle had 10 points and nine assists.After the game, Lyle hung his head while talking to reporters, and had little in terms of an explanation for why his team failed to put enough points on the board.They were hitting really tough shots, Lyle said. I felt like we were playing great defense. I dont know why we werent putting points on the board. Well have to watch film and look at that.Florida Atlantic depended on 3-point shots for most of the night, going 10 of 25 from the field. OSU struggled to find its range, and finished 4 of 20 from deep.After trailing 5-0, FAU went on an 11-0 run to force a timeout by the Buckeyes. OSU started the game making just one of its first 10 shots.BIG PICTUREOhio State: There were very few easy shots for the Buckeyes, and for the second straight game Thad Mattas team played down to an opponent. OSU next faces a Connecticut team on a down year, but the Huskies will be a test if the Buckeyes continue to play with little energy.We let everything affect us, and they outplayed us, theres no question about that, Matta said. When things happen we have to be tougher and say, `We can defy this and who cares if they bank a 3-pointer. We have to go back down on offense and execute.Florida Atlantic: The Owls picked up their third win. Filer had an outstanding game, while FAU gained their first road win of the season.UP NEXTOhio State will host Connecticut on Saturday night.Florida Atlantic travels to Miami to face the Hurricanes on Dec. 16. Wholesale Jerseys .Y. -- Syracuse has turned up the defence at the right time all season, and when High Point threatened to pull off a monumental upset the second-ranked Orange did what they do best with their quick hands and savvy play. Wholesale Jerseys 2022 .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. Cheap Jerseys . The Canadian squad, skipped by Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, got on the board first with two in the second end, and followed that with two more apiece in the fourth and sixth ends. Cheap Jerseys From China . Houston won 3-0 to advance to face New York in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Last in the game, Di Vaio and Romero got into a shoving match with several Houston players. Romero appeared to elbow and kick Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie. SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Jose signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract Thursday worth a reported $6 million, keeping one of the teams top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last seasons trip to the Stanley Cup Final.The 22-year-old Hertl is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. He thrived when moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in the middle of the season and was a big reason behind San Joses postseason success.I wont even put a limit on him, general manager Doug Wilson said. He just gets better and better. Hes a big, strong guy. ... When we drafted him, we expected him to be a dominant player and so does he. He has high expectations for himself. He loves to play the game. You can see that smile on his face. Its contagious.Hertl got off to a fast start as a rookie in 2013-14, scoring 15 goals in 35 games before being sidelined by a knee injury. He returned late that season and struggled to regain that form in his second year as a pro.But after scoring just four goals in his first 37 games last season when he played both center and wing, Hertl surged when moved to the top line as a wing alongside Thornton and Pavelski. Hertl had 17 goals and 14 assists in the final 44 games and was productive in the playoffs as well with six goals and five assists in 20 games.Hertl injured his right knee late in Game 2 of the final against Pittsburgh and his absence the rest of the way played a role in San Joses six-game loss to the Penguins.The Sharks expect him to pick up where hee left off when next season starts.ddddddddddddWe think this guy is a high-end player, Wilson said. When you have that physical gift with the size and the hockey sense that he has. But he has this love of the game that all the top players have. Throw that combination together and we think hell be a great player. We really do. Big games and big situations he likes to step up. We missed him when he was out against Pittsburgh. Theres no doubt.Wilson said he expects to have conversations next summer with Hertl about a longer-term deal but both sides thought it was best to opt for a bridge contract because of Hertls potential to emerge into a star. He will be eligible to be a restricted free agent when this deal is done in 2018.Its good for me too because now I have two years to show my best hockey and show I can play longer here with the Sharks,, Hertl said. Its on me. Its better to sign the contract and well see the next two years how I play.Hertl said he is progressing well from the injury suffered in the final and will not need surgery. He said he expects to be 100 percent by the time the season starts but is not sure if he will be healthy enough to play for his native Czech Republic in the World Cup in September.Wilson said he is having talks with two other pending restricted free agents: forward Matt Nieto and defenseman Dylan DeMelo. Wilson previously said he will let pending unrestricted free agents Roman Polak, Nick Spaling, James Reimer and Dainius Zubrus hit the market on Friday. ' ' '

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