U. Dayton BasketballUD Blows Lead and Minds

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Well that was entertainment. After blowing a thirteen point lead, and trailing by four with two and half minutes to go, UD rallied late in the game to hold onto an 82-77 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes. The pace was frenetic, the play oftentimes sloop, but Dayton did just enough to eke out a win against their opponents from the B1G.

It seemed like every white guy in a black uniform nailed a three in the second-half and the Flyers were going to let one slip away. Juniors Scoochie Smith and Charles Cooke had other ideas. The duo combined for the team’s last eleven points of the game – Cooke hitting a huge three from the corner to cut the lead to one and Smith, wheelbarrow balls in hand, laying it high off the glass on a drive to the hoop with just thirteen seconds left. An airballed three from Peter Jok was Iowa’s last effort, as the Flyers took possession and added some breathing room with two foul shots from Cooke.

The upperclassmen were the story of the night, as Smith, Pollard, Cooke and Kyle Davis were responsible for 65 of UD’s 82 points. The foursome was particularly influential in the second half, as Chief McElvene (4 points) and X Williams (2 points) were the only underclassmen to score in the second frame. The X-Man, unexpectedly, was productive, ending the contest with seven points and five rebounds – although his ill-timed shot down the stretch almost caused me to put my fist through my coffee table[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row full_width=”stretch_row_content” full_height=”yes” bg_type=”image” parallax_style=”vcpb-default” bg_image_new=”12531|http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/12265718_10153794866287372_7107370639227364344_o.jpg” bg_image_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_img_attach=”fixed”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It was refreshing to see Pollard get involved early and often tonight, as the junior from Chicago has gotten off to a rather slow start this season. KP finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds and, God bless him, did all he could to guard Jarrod Uthoff to start the game.

Charles Cooke might be the best free agent Archie will sign while he remains at Dayton. The James Madison transfer once again provided UD with a spark from the perimeter tonight, connecting on 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The Flyers, not coincidentally, damn near shut down offensively when he picked up two very soft fouls midway through the second half and sat until the final TV timeout. Cooke has more than made up for Dyshawn Pierre’s absence.

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Turnovers were once again a malady for UD, as the Flyers turned the ball over a very charitable sixteen times tonight. Scoochie was the primary offender against Iowa, as some of his questionable decision-making led to seven turnovers for the good guys. You’d expect a team that plays at Dayton’s pace to turn the ball over a bit, but I’m sure it’s an issue Archie has been harping on since the exhibition against Saginaw Valley State.

The big news, aside from the gleeful scalping of Iowa, is the Monmouth Owls besting Notre Dame in the game before Dayton tipped this evening. As a result, UD will take on the team from Jersey, not the squad from South Bend tomorrow night. On paper, it’s a rather easy trot to the championship game – where, yes, Gem City could matchup with Our Overlords to the south. Xavier received a bit of a respite as well, as Southern Cal took down Wichita State earlier in the day. The odds dictate a Xavier/Dayton championship tilt, just as the God’s foretold.

The Flyers are 4-0. It’s very red and LOWD in Orlando. It was easier to write about his team when they were mediocre, but that’s a “me problem.” Godspeed.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Tom Blackburn

Tom Blackburn is a proud U. o' D. alum. He loses faith in humanity one day at a time, but not in you, you seem like you are all kinds of alright. Charter member of the T-Man fanclub.


  • Ctime

    November 27, 2015 at 12:51 AM

    And Dayton is the only school who brings their band and cheerleaders to a holiday tournament. Which is entirely awesome and demonstrates what this means to the sweaters.


    • Anonymous

      November 27, 2015 at 5:28 AM

      I heard a big donor flipped the bill, so the band and cheerleaders could be there


    • FUXU

      November 27, 2015 at 10:19 AM

      Very cool. Also no surprise Wiggles replies at 1:23AM.

      Championship game is Sunday 4:30 for those looking ahead!


  • Mr. Wiggles

    November 27, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    The only dumps in Orlando are the dumps Schoochie will be taking on girls chests tonight in the econolodge hot tub.


  • Sea World Escapee

    November 27, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    While the B-team held it together for parts of the game yesterday, I have an underlying sense of dread whenever Scoochie isn’t on the floor.


  • Sportz Fan

    November 27, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    I will accept that win as a token of apology from the state of Iowa for the gift that was Jimmy Binnie.


  • John Deere

    November 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    This Iowa team makes the early 80’s Boston Celtics look like GQ models. At least Bird and McHale had Danny Ainge to troll for pussy. Who knows, maybe Iowa chicks like their boys ugly? BTW, wasn’t Robert Parish nicknamed The Cheif.


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