Back on Track, Barely

Back on Track, Barely

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Dayton was bound to deal with foul issues and tonight was the night. After ending the first half with a ten-point lead, built on the back of a 63% shooting effort from behind the arc, the Flyers found themselves trailing with eleven minutes remaining in the contest. The Spiders went on a 12-4 run when Kendall Pollard sat down with three fouls early in the second frame. Richmond held the lead until there was 2:59 on the clock, as two free-throws from Pollard tied the game at 55 each.

Pollard nailed a jumper on UD’s next possession and the Flyers were up, 57-55. UD would never trail again, pulling out a 63-60 victory in front of a LOWD Arena crowd. Dyshawn Pierre was the player of the game, answering the call after his dismal appearance at Davidson, scoring twenty-one points and chipping in a team-high five rebounds and three assists.

The win felt big, and it felt necessary. These were the type of games Dayton had a tendency to squander away in previous seasons, close defeats that would ultimately cost them opportunities to play in the NCAA Tournament. Fortunately, this was one of the few times this season the Flyers needed to sweat out the result, as Dayton has enjoyed an average scoring edge of nine points in their nineteen games this season. The victory brings UD’s record to 16-3 on the year, a comfortable 6-1 in Atlantic Ten play.

After the game, Archie finally came clean and admitted he had been lying vague in his previous statements regarding the Detwon Rogers situation:

“He wasn’t at the game tonight based on an academic situation he’s dealing with,” Miller said. “We held him out of the game. Right now, he’s going to be on a day-to-day basis. He’s going to have to get his academics in order in terms of what we expect from our guys every day. I doubt very highly he’ll play one minute this year. Where that goes from there, I don’t know.”

After weeks of punctuating press conferences with misleading updates on Rogers, the man in charge finally copped to the fact that Rogers simply didn’t hold up his end of the bargain in the classroom. For those of you scoring at home, that’s two incoming recruits that failed to see court time this season due to academics. We have finally, finally, arrived. With the talent coming in next year, I’m of the opinion that Arch should cut Rogers loose and give his scholarship to Bobby Wehrli. Who would argue with that?

Lastly, I had the absolute pleasure of listening to the last five minutes of Flyer Feedback after the game. It was my first time tuning in this season, and I can assure you it won’t be the last. The first caller asked where Alex Gavrilovic was, stated that Archie shouldn’t have dismissed Robinson and Scott and wondered if there were any tall guys on Dayton’s bench. The next caller’s first comment: “I’m not a Dayton Flyers fan.” This man then asked who Brooks Hall was and made some nonsensical reference to his days as a football player. It was off the charts fantastic. I’m not going to miss another one.

Back to the business, the Flyers will hit the road for three of its next four games. UD travels to UMass on Thursday, gets a breather against Fordham on Sunday and heads back out for roadies against George Washington and Saint Louis. A 3-1 performance would put the Flyers at 19-4 (9-2), with seven games left before the A10 tournament. 

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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.

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