Brooklyn, NY – Recovering from the Friday late night Bonnie ‘hangover’. No, it was not excessive drinking. Just a case of letting impartiality waver as the St. Bonaventure alma mater dropped an overtime thriller to Davidson. Both coaches Bob McKillop of Davidson and St. Bonaventure’s Mark Schmidt agreed it “was a great college game.” Somehow those ‘great’ games are more enjoyable when you get the ‘W’. Oh well, Bonnie fans were in full force,   Barclays alcohol sales hit the roof, and some of the revelers made the trip on the two train to Penn Station was animated.

That aside, the first semifinal called for Dayton and St. Joseph’s. Two years ago the Hawks eliminated the Flyers and went on to the title here at Barclays. A day ago the Hawks spent most of the time playing catch up before eliminating George Washington. Today roles are reversed as Dayton has spent the better part of the afternoon on the short side of the score.

For the game St. Joseph’s led for nearly 26 minutes. Dayton could never draw even the final twenty minutes, dropping an 82-79 decision in a game that was more than a one possession difference.

For the tempo free devotees..the offensive efficiencies:

St. Joseph’s 103 (good)

Dayton 96 (not good-especially if you give up a 103)

Other observations:

  • Dyshawn Pierre did a nice job offensively. He was effective knocking a few down on the perimeter and getting a few nice finishes in the paint.
  • A harsh reminder, St. Joseph’s is more than DeAndre Bembry,  the conference POY. Isaiah Miles burned the Flyers for 26. He can do that. The ‘X’ factors were Aaron Brown (126 points) and Papa Ndao (14 points).
  • Dayton put four in double figures. Scoring balance is a good sign. Joining Pierre were Scoochie Smith (14 with 11 assists), Charles Cooke (13) and Kendall Pollard (11).  

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Archie Miller will not be sending greeting cards to the officiating crew anytime soon. Miller contested several calls and no calls but was absolutely livid when Kendall Pollard took it to the hoop in transition, appeared to get mugged but got whistled for an offensive foul.

In fact leaving the court after the final buzzer, Miller directed a few choice words at one official.

Pace was in the low 80s. A very fast tempo. Post game Miller said, “transition is Dayton basketball. We want to get out and run and will keep doing so.” Dayton enjoyed a 12-4 edge in fast break points.

Perimeter defense best be a priority as Dayton allowed ten trifectas. Miller did reveal why St. Joseph’s is tough to defend (*and beat). “They run two man ball screens where both guys can hit the three. Almost any team you play has just one dangerous shooter in a two man set like that.”

Someone in the St. Joseph’s section raised a banner saying ‘Martelli for President’. Hey, he’s really not a bad guy but if it came to pass, I might leave the country.

“Some young guys have all the answers. Archie Miller is respectful and a good coach. He is good for our profession.” – St. Joseph’s Phil Martelli on Miller

Dayton waits for their Selection Sunday assignment. Personally, would like them back in Brooklyn.