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Nice easy win for the Flyers last night. UD batted the Rams around for the first part of the first half before putting it on cruise control. Fordham’s guards never got on track offensively and the Cagers earned an important road win, pushing their record to 13-4 (1-1) on the season. Dayton is now 8-0 when scoring 80 or more points.

A quick recap from a FOtB Ray Floriani, a frequent contributor to

[quote_box_center]BRONX, NY– The nineteen mile trip from my New Jersey home is negotiated in a sort time. The 9 p.m. start means you miss rush hour. On the other hand, exiting anywhere in the Bronx near midnight is less than enticing. Another reason the trip is so expedient is no traffic at the George Washington Bridge. Guess our governor Chris Christie has put his political grudges in the rear view mirror for now.

In the Rose Hill gym by about 8 pm. Seated by Daly Dose editor and good friend Jaden Daly. Watching warmups, I speak briefly with Dayton assistant Kevin Kuwik and Director of Ops Bill Comar. Both are wary of the Fordham backcourt explosiveness. Brandon Frazier is third in A-10 scoring 922 ppg) while Jon Severe (25.8) paces the conference. Both coaches express concern how Fordham plays much better in the confines of Rose Hill.

Fifty four seconds in, the figures show: Rams 2 field goals made, Dayton one time out. Fordham off to a 5-0 lead. Five possessions and three minutes in Fordham leads 7-4. At the beginning they came out with a great deal of energy.

As the half wears on Dayton is playing better but the Rams still lead by five with seven to go. Just get done typing the past sentence and Dayton has the deficit at three. To their credit the Flyers are a little more proactive. Trapping the guards on the wings, getting out in transition especially off turnovers.

At the half it is 39-36 Dayton.  In a 32 possession game the Flyers hold a 122-113 advantage. Great offense (suppy an obscene adjective) defense. Added note from the half: the last eight or so minutes the Flyer guards broke down the Fordham defense with penetrations allowing finishing opportunities or passes to open big men as the Ram helpside defense faltered.

First four minutes of the second half are vital, the coaches tell us. The first four was decidedly Dayton. A 10-2 scoring edge over five possessions to boost the margin to 11.

Dayton is showing good ball movement resulting in open looks, which they are knocking down. The Fordham guards (Frazier and Severe) are below their lofty scoring averages. Up front Ryan Rhoomes has had his moments. A lot of them but not enough to do it alone. He’s had little help from other interior players.

The Fordham cheer and dance squads do a nice job. During t-shirt toss however, some of those ‘arms’ give me flasbacks to the rotation of my beloved Yankees.

To the delight of a good amount of Dayton faithful, the Flyers emerge 80-68 victors. Dayton used 62 possessions to Fordham’s 64. The Flyers enjoyed a 129-106 efficiency advantage. Clearly, the offense was on track.

Dayton had four double digit scorers spreading the wealth. Devin Oliver and Vee Sanford both had 16. Oliver just had a sound all around game with 9 boards, 4 assists (both team highs) and zero turnovers.

Frazier led Fordham with 20 points. Severe added 13 but the backcourt pair combined for 7 of 27 from the field.

Fordham coach Tom Pecora was pleased with his team’s start. “But they (Dayton) settled down like a veteran team,” he said. “We didn’t match their intensity.”

Both Pecora and Archie Miller of Dayton praised the play of Ryan Rhoomes (15 points, 15 boards). Miller went as far to say Rhoomes ( a 6-8 Sophomore) “might have had the best performance of any big man we faced.”

Miller was pleased with the results of going small late first half, which he felt opened things up for the Flyers. He was not pleased with the defensive intensity or lack of it early on. In general, the Dayton mentor was satisfied. “This league is so difficult any one you get on the road is a tough one . We came in knowing this would be a tough ballgame.”

Presser done. Stats done. The crews sweeping the floor. Time to leave the gym at 11:55 pm.

Love those 9 pm starts.[/quote_box_center]

Thanks again to Ray for passing this on.

The Flyers head down to Richmond for a far tougher test against the Spiders on Saturday.

Lastly, can we get Schoocie’s family some decent UD shirts? They were sitting in the stands looking like they got in on a “4 shirts for 10 dollars” special. Ridiculous, step up your game, Daytona University Fliers.




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