With their win tonight, the Flyers run their winning streak to six games, extending their conference record to 3-0. After the first twenty minutes ended with both teams even, UD turned in an absurd second half shooting performance, the Flyers connected on 83% of their shots (including 5-of-5 from three), and Gem City was able to outpace the Rams 76-58. UD kept the foot on the gas during the latter frame, outscoring Fordham 51-33 over the period. The victory brings Dayton’s record to 13-2 on the season, a perfect 3-0 in Atlantic Ten play.
Once again, the Flyers satisfied all three tenets of what I personally think will dictate UD’s success going forward:
- UD scored more than 70 points (76)
- The Flyers stayed out of foul trouble (Dayton racked up just 14 fouls against Fordham)
- Shoot at least 40% from three (Cagers hit 44% of their long-range efforts)
When you throw in the fact that the Flyers actually out-rebounded the Rams, hit 85% of their shots from the foul-line and had all five starters score in double digits, it’s amazing the winning margin wasn’t more than eighteen. But enough about the team effort. What I’m really interested in talking about is Durrell Davis.
The freshman was once again perfect from behind the three-point line, sinking all three of his attempts tonight. Davis is now 17-of-19 from behind the arc over the past six games. That’s an astonishing 89%. Best thing about Durrell’s run? He hasn’t put up a single heat check during the entire streak. I can’t think of an attempt that wasn’t within the flow of the offense. Most players, after hitting three in a row, would try to get an attempt up as soon as they crossed half-court. Not our Durrell.
Although he showed some promise in the opener against Alabama A&M, Davis kind of went into a shell thereafter. Like most freshmen, he played tentative, seemingly focused on the sole goal of not making mistakes. Once the bad business went down after the Arkansas loss, it was clear that Durrell would be asked/forced to step up offensively. In UD’s next game after the dismissals, against Boston, he lit up the Terriers with a career-high nineteen points. Like a guy who just discovered a peephole in his hotel room, he’s been stroking ever since.
Again, dude has gone 17-of-19 from three, 89%. Unfathomable. It would take Jimmy Binnie a half-hour to hit 17 threes after practice.[info_message style=”warning”]Did it ever piss you off that Binnie went by “Jimmy” but didn’t spell it J-I-M-M-I-E? Jimmie Binnie. How simple is that? Next to his hair, this was the most hateable thing about him. [/info_message]
We are once again face-to-face with nothing but positive news. The Flyers are on a roll, first place in the league, off to their first 3-0 conference start since the Keef days. Momentum, check. Confidence, check. A coach’s wife that has her real estate agent on speed-dial, check?
Next week brings La Salle and Saint Louis to the Sweater Centre. The two programs are a combined 1-5 in A10 play thus far (SLU looks particularly at risk, taking a 35 point drubbing tonight against Davidson), the odds UD will be 5-0 this time next week are more than decent.
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.