U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Lose Interest, Win Game

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]article-peta2-0225Is it possible to play the best half of the season and the worst half of the year in the same game? Yes, an emphatic yes. After one of the most dominating halves in Dayton history, the Flyers put it in cruise control and slowly watched their seemingly insurmountable lead dissipate over the final twenty minutes of the game.

Dayton is the drunk driver that makes it all the way home undetected and unscathed before plowing over the family dog while pulling into the driveway. Now, instead of sneaking into the house and watching soft-core porn until he passes out on the couch, he’s in the backyard, with an ice-cream scooper, digging a shallow grave for a golden retriever.

In the morning, he will have to tell his kids that the only thing in their lives they’ll ever know capable of unrelenting love was stolen by a group of Puerto Ricans in the middle of the night. “I tried to stop them but there must have been five of them, maybe six. It was dark and the Tejano music was distracting. One of the guys looked like a Hispanic Joaquin Phoenix.” But it won’t matter, the children don’t know who that is, and the fact that their beloved dog is gone forever is the only thing they’ll think about for months. If they’re lucky.

Years later when a flood unearths the dog’s decomposed bones in the backyard, the kids will know his wife was right all along. He is no good. The divorce had already put a strain on his relationship with the children, seeing the skeletal remains of their pet, the red collar still attached to the corpse, will be the deathblow.

That’s Dayton in a nutshell. Everything is going swimmingly until you get too comfortable. The Flyers were up THIRTY ONE points with thirteen minutes to play in the game. At that point you’re thinking Dayton is going to give St. Bonnie a white-out of their own, rolling out the walk-ons with around five minutes to go. Instead, the Bonnies go on an absurd run and were down just six points before time eventually ran out on them (Saint Bonaventure scored 61 points in the second half, that’s some mid-80’s NBA shit right there).

It has become a running joke every time UD gets out to a sizable lead, we just know they are going to blow it. Is it a lack of killer instinct? Does Dayton phone it in once they feel the game is in hand, get lazy defensively? Does Archie put away the dry erase board when things are going well? I don’t know, but it’s certainly disconcerting to say the least. No lead is safe, at home or on the road.[/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=”13693|http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/dddddbona.png” bg_image_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_img_attach=”fixed”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]scoochbonadirveAlthough the Flyers’ second-half effort was disappointing, let’s not lose sight of the fact that Dayton went home victorious. Once the bad taste dissolved, UD still left Olean with a win – bringing their overall record to 15-3 on the year, 5-1 in league play. Style points don’t count for much in the grand scheme of things, thankfully. One of the nice things about playing a game broadcast out of someone’s living room is not a lot of eyes were on it. Furthermore, most viewers likely turned the game off when Dayton went up 45-18 at halftime and never thought about it again (kinda like the Flyers, HIYO!).

Nevertheless there were some extremely reassuring performances tonight. Dyshawn Pierre keeps building on his performances, scoring twenty points (going 3-of-4 from three, 7-of-7 from the stripe) and grabbing seven rebounds. Kendall Pollard stayed on the court for thirty-five minutes, a victory in and of itself. Charles Cooke remains studly, putting up a team-high twenty-one points, hitting five-of-seven from behind the arc.

Even your boy DURRELL rose to the occasion, scoring twelve points before fouling out late in the second half. Scooch and Kyle Davis didn’t have their best games, but the team as a whole managed to shoot 57% from the field on the night, a season-best 60% from three.

The Bonnies managed to bang in a bunch of contested and deep threes and outright refused to miss foul-shots in the second half. Dayton didn’t play a terribly in the latter twenty minutes, far from it, the Bonnies just hit an inordinate amount of tough shots and Dayton helped the home team’s cause with turnovers and missed foul-shots. Basketball is allegedly a game of runs (I’m not really sure that’s true) and we were privy to three extraordinary scoring outbursts throughout the contest. So…consider yourselves lucky?

Bottom line, UD continues its utter domination of the Bonnies – the Flyers are now winners of fifteen of the last sixteen games with SBU. Dayton returns to campus, discovers the arts, and head back out to New York later this week to take on Fordham. A Flyer win in the Bronx on Sunday afternoon would put UD at 3-1 on the road in conference play this season, headed into a week with two home games. There’s a decent chance Dayton could head into February with eighteen wins. That’s big boy stuff.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13699″ img_size=”full” onclick=”link_image”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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.


  • The Kman

    January 19, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    Best ball movement all season. 18 assists until they shut it down in the second half. Word is the game film of the last 8 minutes never made it to the cloud. It was erased like an IRS email server. If If I’m Archie, I replay the first half twice in film study.


    • Anonymous

      January 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM

      That’s the video that Archie bring to job interviews. Probably the best 20 minutes played by a Flier team since Sedric Toney shit all over DePaul in 1984. I was there motherfuckers! No lame ass 3 point shot to bale your team out then.


  • stonemiller

    January 20, 2016 at 2:33 AM

    Most concerning is the complete inability to handle that weak-ass full court press. Scoochie looked absolutely lost under that “pressure” picking up his dribble and chucking some weak ass Fran Tarkenton passes. also, his free throw shooting for a guard is beyond unacceptable. Nice to see X get smacked by the Hoyas.


    • Kevin Secaur

      January 20, 2016 at 9:16 AM

      Our press offense seemed to be:
      -Scoochie inbound it
      -Whoever receives the pass, throw it back to Scooch immediately
      -Everyone run away

      Not sure this is Scooch’s fault, teammates need to stay in the backcourt and help him get the ball up the floor. His FT shooting is becoming a concern, though.


      • stonemiller

        January 20, 2016 at 9:48 AM

        true, on the one turnover it took like three seconds before anyone made it back to play D, must have been hydrating at the bench. Nevertheless, it is his job to run the show and he needs to communicate for help to stay back. at any rate, Arch best spend some time in practice on some press buster work (not sure how these guys don’t know it after dealing with VCU in the past), a better press could have cost the flyers the game.


  • Madness

    January 20, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    Did Big Steve poke Pollard’s daughter? They can’t seem to play together at all…smaller lineup without Steve clearly is more effective now that Frenchie has settled back in. HACKlevene is a nice addition off the bench to mix it up with some height but he gets winded quickly–anyone catch him volunteering to sit on the bench? Must be Wehrli’s scent that is just irresistible.


  • Steve Minielli

    January 20, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Will be looking for you at the Fordham game, Blackburn. We have a score to settle. I’ll be the guy with the big dick.


    • jed

      January 20, 2016 at 4:22 PM

      Hey Stevie, maybe you can check with Mr. Wiggles, if he is hung you will have your big dick and you will be all set.


      • DP4MM

        January 20, 2016 at 5:12 PM

        Is Steve the fag who owns some gay bar?


        • TBolt

          January 20, 2016 at 7:38 PM

          He owns a shit hole in northern Cincinnati called “Rick’s Tavern”. He has a signed UD walk-on jersey hanging on the wall. That right there tells you the establishments clientele and that Steve is the ultimate jock sniffer. A lot of Steve Avery types frequent that bar. The only time I was there he had some shitty 80’s butt rock cover band where the singer looked like Steve Perry with down syndrome.


  • dick fitzwell

    January 20, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Would that have been the all time bed shitter or what?

    Also, I’d like to screw Jessica Simpson.


    • John Deere

      January 21, 2016 at 4:18 PM

      That’s a lot of woman right there.


      • dick fitzwell

        January 22, 2016 at 7:24 AM

        But I want to screw her before she gets the breast reduction…


  • TBolt

    January 20, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    The Dayton bench needs to be original. Makes UD look even more mid-major than they are with the Monmouth antics. The mouth breathers over at Pride will be torn.


    • Tom Blackburn

      January 20, 2016 at 10:58 AM

      Agreed, I’d prefer if they didn’t resort to mimicry.


  • Matt Allaire

    January 20, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    jesus that was a detailed description of a dog that tears a family apart… sure you dont have some personal experience blackburn?


    • Matt Allaire

      January 20, 2016 at 10:55 AM

      “A Flyer win in the Bronx on Sunday afternoon would put UD at 3-1 on the road in conference play this season, headed into a week with two home games.”
      best sentence of the entire recap



      January 20, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      This had a similar feel to the graphic, first-hand description of a man getting hit by a car in D.C…the recon for the Providence game I believe.

      This one smells like a ruined childhood to me…


  • Mr. Wiggles

    January 20, 2016 at 11:44 AM



    • hardtime

      January 20, 2016 at 2:52 PM

      I guess it is the dog’s lucky day, that is unless you are flexible enough to get to it on your own. let me know if you want a link to purchase a left-handed mouse.


      • Just Hear To Help

        January 21, 2016 at 12:04 PM

        with a name like Mr. Wiggles, he’s got to be at least little flexible. I’d say if nothing else, he’s at least tried.


  • potius

    January 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Defense? 18 points first half, 61 points second half, W.T.F.? I was in the Reilly center, and ready to walk out at half time.
    Unbelievable game. I love the UD-SBU games. 71 UD grad, live in Olean, Bona fan, and UD fan. UD is #1.


  • Kman

    January 21, 2016 at 10:56 AM

    I think it’s time we read a post ranking the top 25 transfers. Charles Cooke is easily top 3 status, but where will he end up?


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