U. Dayton BasketballFlyers Avoid Disaster And Ridicule

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Ca0K54lW4AEmQQPIt’s rare that we can enjoy a “classic” between the Flyers and Dukes in early February, but what else can you call it? (Besides a near disaster that would have put an immense amount of pressure to win at Rhode Island on Friday night) Some questionable referring, and hot shooting from Micah Mason, put Duquesne in an extremely comfortable spot with around six minutes to go.

Dayton, having cut the Dukes lead to one with eight minutes left, watched as Mason and Derrick Colter scored the games next eleven points. Mason’s three with Kyle Davis in his face, and the shot clock ticking down, felt like the dagger, as Dayton seemed to be running on fumes.

It felt like one of those nights where nothing would go right for the home team and the heavy underdogs would walk away with a much-deserved victory. Instead, the Flyers rallied. Three consecutive layups, two from Charles Cooke and one from Scoochie Smith, cut the Duquesne lead to six with just over four minutes remaining. The crowd got LOWD, Jim Ferry cowed and UD plowed.

Ferry sat on his hands, refusing to call a timeout or take off his suit jacket. Yet another shitty offensive possession for the Dukes resulted in a fast break opportunity for Dayton – which was converted by Kyle Davis cutting the once sizable lead to four (I harped on it on Twitter, but it bears repeating, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Flyer as good in transition as Kyle Davis. It seems every time he gets the ball on the break he is able to finagle his way to an open look and a scored bucket. It’s the type of thing only a guy with a “fuck it” attitude can pull off, and KD has that in spades).

The Dukes finally called a timeout with 3:20 left in the contest but it was already too late. The visitors were caught in a cocoon of LOWD and there was simply no escaping it. Bucky Bockhorn stated that it was the second time he can remember the Arena being so loud it hit the “brown noise” level (apparently the Sweater Centre hit that height before in a game against Notre Dame in the early 80s).

Derrick Colter drew a foul against Scoochie Smith in what was the coup de grâce of questionable call from the refs. Colter converted one of two from the stripe, followed by a classic three-point play by Kyle Davis, closing the margin to just two. Duquesne fucked around with the ball too long once again on their next possession and Colter was forced to jack up a 35-footer that barely drew iron. Kyle Davis caught the ball on the break near the elbow and used a euro-step to get open for an easy layup. Game tied at 70.[/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=”id^14055|url^http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/12658005_10153966257412372_3691228426198888765_o.jpg|caption^null|alt^null|title^12658005_10153966257412372_3691228426198888765_o|description^null” bg_image_repeat=”no-repeat” bg_img_attach=”fixed” css=”.vc_custom_1455076641164{background-image: url(http://www.blackburnreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/12658005_10153966257412372_3691228426198888765_o.jpg?id=14055) !important;background-position: center !important;background-repeat: no-repeat !important;background-size: cover !important;}”][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By this point, Duquesne was like a beaten man begging for mercy. But there would be no compassion, no clemency, not tonight. The Dukes could have fallen on their swords and saved some of their dignity but instead settled for another desperation heave with the shot-clock expiring. Colter’s long-range effort clanged off the backboard (bankboard) and the Flyers had the ball with under a minute to go.

12694861_10153966260802372_393423664770243723_oI spent much of the George Mason recap focusing on Scoochie Smith’s digression since conference play began. The Flyer point-guard was the team’s go-to guy in November and December, showcasing an improved shooting stroke that added yet another weapon to his arsenal. Since A10 play, however, it seemed like Smith was struggling to find his rhythm and pick his spots. But tonight, Scoochie reached into his shorts once again, found his big black balls and took them out for a spin. Scooch caught the ball near the top of the circle and confidentially drained a three-pointer.

The Flyers reclaimed the left and crushed what was left of Duquesne spirit. It was in a word, emasculating. Dayton had more CHEST tonight and the biggest, hairiest balls this side of Greece. Both teams went through the end of game foul shooting protocol and the Flyers survived, earning their twentieth win of the season, 76-74.

Charles Cooke kept Dayton without shouting distance in the second half, getting baskets from outside, inside and everywhere in between. Cooke scored 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and even blocked 3 shots for the fuck of it. Nevertheless, it was the play of Kyle Davis that seemed to be the driving force of UD’s comeback. KD got buckets when the Flyers were on the brink of defeat, driving to the basket at will down the stretch. Although Scoochie Smith’s three-pointer will be the play everyone remembers when they are reminiscing with their adopted Asian son on their deathbeds, it was Davis’ fearlessness that propelled Dayton to victory (that was an aviation reference in case you missed it).

The comeback means the Flyers avoided a dreaded “bad loss” and remain in the hearts and minds of America. UD improves to 20-3 (10-1) and now heads out for a tough road contest against Rhode Island on Friday night. No more listening to the radio or looking for something called the American Sports Network, the Flyers head to basic cable against the Rams. We couldn’t get any LOWDER.  [/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/WYFip6_qajU”][vc_single_image image=”14064″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Tom Blackburn

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  • John R

    February 9, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    By far the reddest and lowdest ive seen the arena all year. Let’s donkey punch those qweer lovers at Road Island!


  • Gil

    February 9, 2016 at 11:20 PM

    I’m forever optimistic however.. 20-4 next week.. If we beat rhody this season will inevitably result in Archie’s crown jewel of his career.. Even if he replaces one of the bums in Carolina


  • Mr. Wiggles

    February 9, 2016 at 11:38 PM



  • An

    February 10, 2016 at 12:12 AM

    Ok I need a LOWD shirt now.


  • MJ #45

    February 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Key to Kyle Davis’ success is being left handed. Finishes strong when opponent isnt expecting it.

    Also, please stop Mr Wiggles. Posts arent funny



    February 10, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    The DDN and the students has bought into LOWD. Now when will the Priders finally admit that LOWD is the way to go?


  • K.Lew

    February 10, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    I think we all agree the reffing was quite bad. The TV broadcast and Larry/Bucky were exasperated at a number of points in the game – it was like they kept getting continuously confused by the calls.

    Also – I could not agree more with, “I harped on it on Twitter, but it bears repeating, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a Flyer as good in transition as Kyle Davis. It seems every time he gets the ball on the break he is able to finagle his way to an open look and a scored bucket. It’s the type of thing only a guy with a “fuck it” attitude can pull off, and KD has that in spades” Kyle may miss a few close contested short but they are few and far between. He invites contact and finishes strong. He is fun to watch.


  • Dr. Funk

    February 10, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    While I agree Kyle was huge in the turn around, I think you missed the biggest key to the victory: Archie putting Cooke on Mason. His size and recovery speed really bother Mason. Also in the closing possessions Archie started doubling Mason. Archie’s coaching adjustments on D won this game. Its so nice to be able to write that sentence


    • Tom Blackburn

      February 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM

      Yup, Archie threw some traps at Mason near the end of the game. He wanted anyone but Mason to put UD last night. Good call.


  • Angry John

    February 10, 2016 at 10:53 AM

    The officiating was completely horrible, especially that white haired dude. Every time he officiates, the game becomes a cluster fuck. What the hell is his name ? Kelly or O’Donnel ? That dude sucks !


    • Tom Blackburn

      February 10, 2016 at 10:55 AM

      I assume you are talking about the dude working the baseline during the second half? He was awful.


      • Angry John

        February 10, 2016 at 3:30 PM

        Yes, that guy. I have seen him ref several times on TV and he completly blows. He also has an arrogant attitude on how he refs.


  • Obama Pickup Game Sweatpants

    February 10, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Handful of observations….
    -When I’m on my deathbed with my adopted asian son by my side, I’m going to tell him about the valuable minutes and energy our Freshmen provided in the first half of a 2016 A10 conference game vs the Duquesne Dukes. Sam Millers 8 points were huge in that stretch.
    -Good move by Archie putting Cooke on Mason, interesting move to switch back to KD on him in the 2nd half, but he is our best defender and probably wanted the challenge
    -It’s refreshing to see Cooke take and make midrange jump shots whether it’s on a set play to get him a shot on the wing or off the dribble. You just don’t see that anymore.
    -KDs And1 down the stretch kind of went in by accident. It looked like his arm got hit pretty hard and the ball just kind of came out and went in. Was one of those kind of nights for us down the stretch.
    -The announcers talking about UD being a Final Four contender as Duquesne quickly scored 5 points to retake the lead in the 2nd half while they were talking was a tad ironic.
    -Schedule picks up from here big time. This 2 game stretch will be tough. Bonnies will play us tough at home. At Richmond with their homer referring and Chris Mooney’s Princeton offense always gives us trouble before a tilt with VCU looms at the end. Lot to be LOWD about.


  • TBolt

    February 10, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    I bet Mark Adams has a UDPride account judging by his homerism announcing.


    • 2 In the paint, 1 in the box

      February 10, 2016 at 11:33 AM

      He does, I think he is ROLLO


    • PoopdeckPappy

      February 10, 2016 at 1:07 PM

      Mark Adams is funny to listen to, if you love/hate the flyers… otherwise you are placing your foot through the tv screen.. or laughing your ass off even more.


  • PoopdeckPappy

    February 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Would someone please inform me of the origination of LOWD? Or is there an old/archived story I can read to get up to speed on the significance of LOWD? Or, am I reading too much into this LOWD – nonloUD thing?


    • Gil

      February 10, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      It’s a reference to this vid numb nuts


      • Tom Blackburn

        February 10, 2016 at 4:53 PM

        Dude, don’t post porn links, that’s how sites get spammed up.


      • Ctime

        February 11, 2016 at 12:35 AM

        It was absolutely a joke about John R. He used to include “Wear Red and Be Loud” in a lot of his posts on UD Pride before he retired or got banned.


        • John R

          February 11, 2016 at 1:39 AM

          It’s not that difacult to understand. If there is a W in win why not a W in LOWD?????


  • fartstreet

    February 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM

    you could never write for ESPN, you included zero cam newton references in covering this game.


  • SammySmithSearchParty

    February 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Archie continues to whip out his “Big East” towards his fellow A10 brethren and beat them and “it” senseless while laughing like an evil mastermind at their feeble attempts at beating this squad. Rhody has no shwat in hell this Friday and then on to St Joe’s where we clip the wings of that fucking red hawk. Long live Tony Stanley!!!!


    • Marycrest lunchlady

      February 10, 2016 at 11:36 PM

      Long live Tony Stanley indeed!

      “Well thank-YAH bayyyyyybeeeee!”


  • Marycrest lunchlady

    February 10, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Well said. KD was an absolute BEAST.

    “Well thank-YAH bayyyyyybeeee!”


  • Your Mom

    February 11, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Someone teach Sam how to guard a fucking ball screen…and in a hurry. 8 points are great…so were the 12 given up because of shitty defense.


    • The Kman

      February 11, 2016 at 11:15 PM

      My fav moment Sam Miller moment….UD is making a comeback. Dukes are on the ropes but go to the FT line. Guy miss his second and Miller can’t grab it. Huge mistake. Missed possession. Crowd groans. Archie punches the air. I start to throw my remote. The Dukes player tries to throw a pass back out, Miller sticks out his hand and creates a steal. We run down and score. Miller is pardoned. The roller coaster that is Sam Miller. He can shoot a bit but the kid has some weak hands. Hopefully he’ll improve on D.

      Loved when Coach Adams in a frenzy says Big Steve could be one of the best ever when he leaves UD. Ezzzzzzz EnthusiAdams. How about making a few baby hooks and staying out of foul trouble for a few games.


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