Dayton saved its best performance in Maui for last. A dominating eighteen-point victory over Cal sends the Flyers back to the Gem City with a 6-1 record and two significant wins under their belt. UD erased a lot of doubts over the past three days, firmly establishing themselves as a potential NCAA Tournament team.
UD didn’t shoot the ball particularly well tonight, but they out-rebounded Cal and turned the ball over just four times. The Bears quickly led 15-8 before Dayton went on a fifteen point run and took a ten point lead into the half.
The Flyers appeared to open the door early in the second frame, allowing Cal to draw within two just before the first TV timeout. Instead of folding, UD pushed the tempo and scored twelve straight points, holding a 52-39 lead at the twelve-minute mark. The Bears were never in contention from that point forward, as the Flyers cruised to an easy 82-64 victory.
Jalen Robinson’s performance was noteworthy, as the sophomore finished with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting. On a night when Jordan Sibert, Khari Price and Dyshawn Pierre were stymied offensively, the trio combined for just nine points, Robinson’s contributions gave the UD attack life. Kyle Davis played his best game of the young season, scoring 12 points in sixteen minutes of play. Devin Oliver closed out a fantastic tournament, leading Dayton with 21 points and 7 rebounds. The senior was named to the All-Maui Team for his efforts.
The Flyers earned some respect this week, now they must simply take care of business over the month of December. UD will likely be the favorite in every game leading up to their conference opener at home against Saint Louis.
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.