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This, is my mind, may have been UD’s most complete effort this season. The Flyers went into one of the league’s toughest road venues, albeit without much of the student body present, and ran the Bonnies off the court, 78-61. Dayton was once again otherworldly from outside the arc, connecting on 58% of their three-point attempts (this included three triples from Bobby Wehrli, the Wehrli Bird, Bobby Basketball, Bobby’s Wehrld). Darrell “Durrell” Davis has hit 14 of his last 16 three-pointers.

Archie’s squad registered an incredible 1.23 points per possession, silly numbers for a team that looked dead in the water a few short weeks ago. It has been an absolutely remarkable thing to watch.

Gem City was just as impressive on the defensive side of the court, holding Bonaventure to 42% from the floor. SBU’s man in the middle, Youssou Ndoye, was a non-factor, racking up just eight points in thirty-four minutes of court time. The Bonnies couldn’t buy a bucket from the perimeter, hitting just three of their fourteen three-point shots on the night. Although UD was once again out-rebounded, it wasn’t even close to a factor. The one thing that kept Bonaventure in the game were the referee’s whistles, SBU shot 24 free-throws (compared to a mere 7 for the good guys). The refs were the only thing keeping this game from being a complete pink-socking.

Dayton has somehow won its fifth game in a row, moving their record to 12-2 on the season. I realize last year was a dream season that we will likely never see again, but I can’t remember the last time Dayton put such an enjoyable product on the floor. The offense flows effortlessly and it seems like everyone knows their place. We keep assuming that the shots are going to stop falling, that the opposition will figure out how to slow down UD on the offensive end, but it just hasn’t happened yet. With Fordham on the docket this Saturday night, I think the UD train will keep chugging along.  

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