In their final tune-up before conference play commences, your Flyers pulled out an uninspiring victory over an equally lackluster opponent. At times the game looked like an old fat housecat batting around a dead mouse, neither party seemed heavily invested in the game’s outcome. Eventually, however, the talent gap between the Flyers and Blazers rose to the surface, with UD taking a sixteen point lead with just over ten minutes left in the game.
In what seems to be a customary gesture, Dayton took its foot off the gas and let the Blazers hold onto a glimmer of hope, as a Rod Rucker layup with 3:54 left cut the Flyer lead to just five points. However, UAB never got any closer as back-to-back threes by Vee Sanford and Khari Price put the game out of reach for good. The Flyers walked away with a 78-71 victory, their tenth of the year.
Josh Benson eagerly took advantage of the Blazer’s lack of size, matching a career-high with 20 points and 8 rebounds. The big man stayed out of foul-trouble and was able to log 30 minutes on the night. Vee Sanford had a great night as well, finishing with 19 points on the night – hitting 5-of-7 from behind the arc. Devin Oliver turned it another workman-like performance, 11 points and 6 boards.
Kevin Dillard remains a concern offensively. Although the senior point-guard turned in a more than respectable 14 points and 10 assists against the Blazers, he once again struggled to find his stroke from the floor, connecting on just one of nine shot attempts from the field. KD scored 11 of his 14 points from the charity stripe (his foul-shooting remains firmly entrenched on the positive side of the ledger) and has connected on just 2-of-19 of his field-goal attempts over the past two games. The Flyers can take down the UAB’s and Florida Atlantic’s of the world without a Herculean effort from Dillard. That shit changes from here on out.
Overall, no need to be overly concerned about tonight’s performance: (1) UD won and was never really in serious trouble of giving it away, (2) the Flyers aren’t that good, get almost no production from their bench and won’t blow a lot of teams out this season (3) UAB isn’t the type of match-up the Flyers usually get up for, and (4) you didn’t watch this game anyway, you insufferable bastard.
Dayton opens up A10 play with back-to-back games against conference newbie’s VCU and Butler. A split is recommended. Time to strap it up, whatever “it” is.