Well, we certainly know that Richmond freshman Tim Singleton didn’t have his head in tonight’s game. Singleton, who spent the night before the game getting catfished over Tinder by some enterprising UD students, was symbolic of the Spider’s approach against Dayton. Disinterested, sluggish, possibly still immersed in a refractory period. Chris Mooney’s team just wants the season to end.
I can’t even blame Mr. Singleton. If I had to kill time in Dayton, knowing I had no chance of playing the next day, I’d be scaring up snatch over Tinder too. I’d probably even hang out around the cleaning staff, see if any of those senoritas wanted to roll around with some bed bugs.
The Flyers, of course, still had some business to tend to. With their somewhat impressive victory at Saint Louis under their belts, UD had to take down a fading Richmond team to seal up their tenth conference win and to further justify their inclusion in the NCAA tournament.
After a sluggish, to be kind, opening ten minutes of the game, the Flyers outscored the visitors 24-12 to head into the half with a fifteen point lead. UD put it into cruise control after a Devin Oliver three pushed the margin to 17 with just two minutes gone in the second frame. The Spiders cut the lead down to eight on a Kendall Anthnoy three-pointer with six minutes to go, but it was as close as UR would ever get. Five straight points by Vee Sanford quickly increased the lead back to thirteen and the next thing you knew Brian Vonderhaar’s goofy ass was checking into the game. Flyers win, 60-48.
The victory was UD’s twenty-second of the year and propelled the Flyers to a solid 10-6 record in league play. A month or so ago this program was looking down the barrel of a gun, 1-5 in the A10 and hoping for a miracle just to get an NIT invite. The Flyers then proceeded to go on a six -game tear and win nine of their last ten. Take it from me, someone who has been following this program for too long, these things don’t happen in the Gem City. They never do, never have. Until this season.
Dayton must wait for the conclusion of tomorrow’s Saint Louis/UMass game to learn its seeding in next week’s A10 conference tournament. If Saint Louis wins, UD would get the five seed and play their opening game against the winner of Fordham vs. George Mason on Thursday afternoon (2:30 pm). A UMass victory results in a six seed for the Flyers, slotting them against Duquesne at 9pm on Thursday night. A win should be all that’s needed to officially seal the deal for UD. A loss, however, would be disastrous. Everyone would laugh at us, pointing, snickering as we hold our heads down. I don’t want that.
A pretty good season, with plenty left to look forward to. Remember, this team was an vag-hair away (or more concisely, a Jordan Sibert three-pointer at the buzzer against IPFW) from not being in this position. Everything from here on out is just a bonus.
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Dayton’s Ice Road Trucker dropped this bombshell in today’s DDN:
That’s right, Pete Zesterman’s sister is married to Chris Mack’s brother Tim. The betrayal knows no bounds.
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.