Like they used to say at Auschwitz, what a difference a day makes. The Flyers took advantage of BostonCollege’s porous defense, shredding the Eagles apart and letting the blood trickle down their collective chins. Dayton wins this one going away, 87-71.
BC came into the game with a reputation for being “slow” on the defensive end and didn’t let us down. Guard penetration led to easy looks both inside and on the perimeter, resulting in the Flyers shooting an implausible 62% from the field. UD doesn’t shoot 62% during its’ pregame lay-up line, so I’d say BC has some things to work on defensively.
The revelation of the game was the play of the freshmen, Dyshawn Pierre and Jalen Robinson. The Canadian took advantage of his first start, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the field (including 5-of-5 from deep) to pace the Flyers with 23 points. Everyone was said to be pleased as punch with his performance, even Matt Derenbecker, who reportedly played, flashed a confused smile.
“I’m going to try to steal Matt’s scholarship from his room. I just got to find out where he hides it,” said Archie Miller after the game. “Probably under his mattress, that’s where I used to hide all my issues of Curious Teen when I was a kid.”
Robinson was nearly as impressive, showing a good feel for his position on both ends of the floor. When he wasn’t helping put a body on BC’s Ryan Anderson, Robinson was rebounding, six in total, and showing a nice touch around the basket – finishing with 15 points on the day.
Personally, I don’t remember Devin Oliver doing much, but he somehow managed to score 17 points and grab 8 rebounds against the Eagles. A silent assassin performance. Kevin Dillard reminded us that college athletes don’t give as much of a shit about how they play as we do, erasing yesterday’s performance with something that tasted very familiar. The senior was still a little grabby, but aren’t we all when we go out of town, fouling out after just 21 minutes of play. Regardless, Dillard had a solid effort, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting.
UD’s leading scorer Vee Sanford was quiet on the day, but still managed a well-rounded performance – 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. We still love and respect him though, don’t we? Sure we do.
The Flyers keyed on the Eagles’ leading scorer and rebounder Ryan Anderson for most of the game and kept the star sophomore at bay for most of the afternoon. Anderson finished with a respectable 14 and 8, but BC clearly needs more from him to compete against even the most mediocre of teams. UD’s collapsing on Anderson led to plenty of open looks from the perimeter for BC, something I’m sure Archie was willing to risk as long as UD’s offense continued to produce overwhelming positive results.
The goal with all of these tournaments is to come out alive with at least a 2-1 record. That result is still on the table for UD. Although they won’t come out of Charleston with a season-defining victory (not even sure this field would have produced one anyway) Archie and Co. can leave the Palmetto State with something to build on.
The Flyers will take on the winner of College of Charleston/Auburn at 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoon. The battle for fifth place is afoot!
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.