Anytime the temperature reaches 60 degrees in February in Chicago/Dayton/New York city, you’re going to get a late blog. That’s just how the game works.
Yesterday Dayton took care of business at home against a tough and gritty St. Bonaventure squad, 76-72. It was no where near a close game until the second half, with Bonnie getting up by as many as 15 at one point. Honestly its almost like they’re trolling us at this point, purposely going down 10-15 points just so we can all motherf*ck our TV’s and I can write the same paragraph in every blog.
Let’s get into the takeaways of yesterday’s game:
- Archie finally cut the cord on Sam Miller, who saw zero minutes.
- The X-Man started again over Mikesell, and will most likely continue to moving forward. Archie explained the lineup change before the game:
“I think Xeyrius has really played well,” Miller said Thursday. “He’s made a lot of big plays for us. He’s given us a lot of energy on both ends of the floor. For whatever reason, in the first half, he’s started a little slower, so this is an attempt to get him going early in the game.”
- DURREL is starting to flirt with his freshman self going 2/3 from behind the arc, and may actually be huge down the stretch for us (don’t hold me to that).
- We started as flat as we have all season, and once again relied on some big balls in the second half (Kyle and Schooch).
- The X-Man led the team with 8 rebounds and contributed 7 points.
- Josh didn’t play much – can’t decide what his role will be for our remaining games and the A10 tourney, so I’ll leave that to the geniuses in the comment section.
- Kyle Davis is my MVP. His two coast-to-coast sprints that both ended with a bucket gave us a huge spark in the second half. We are going to miss this dude so much next year.
- Scoochie, Kendall, and Cooke led the squad in points with 19, 16, and 13.
- KP got smoked in the face again and wore a chinstrap bandaid for most of the game.
- Yesterday was our 5th straight win (12 straight at home).
- Bonnie’s back court continues to be lethal and isn’t going anywhere for a while. Jaylen Adams had 35 points – 8-for-14 from the field, 4-for-7 on 3’s and 15-for-17 from the foul line. Archie called him the most “unsung point guard in college basketball”.
- Brian Roberts was inducted into the Dayton Hall of Fame at halftime. I’m sure Dayton was his #1 choice of destination for his All-Star break.
- Still tied up with VCU at the top of the A10. Get me to March 1st already.
- Tuesday night we’re back at it against George Mason, then Friday against Davidson. Need to stay real LOWD this week and take care of business these last 4 games.
— Atlantic 10 MBB (@A10MBB) February 18, 2017