U. Dayton BasketballUD Survives, Heads to Orlando 3-0

First off, I love Time Warner’s refusal to display the score between Dayton and William & Mary during most of the first half today. It made it a lot easier to focus on how much fun the kids were having during the game, which is really the point of intercollegiate athletics when you think about it. Not knowing the score added an exciting element to an early-season contest, one I think the NCAA should seriously consider this off-season.

I think we all knew William & Mary would be a worthwhile challenge for the home team, with four starters returning from a twenty win club, and that they were. In a game that seemed lost, won and then lost again, the Flyers finally prevailed, 69-66. The win assures that Dayton enters next week’s Advocare Invitational against Iowa with a perfect 3-0 record, just as it was scripted before the year began.

The Flyers struggled mightily in the first half, scoring a mere 21 points due to 36% shooting from the floor (a dastardly 1-of-8 from three-point land). Toss in ten turnovers, and the Cagers were lucky to be down just nine against a “fundamentally sound” William & Mary squad.

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The second half was a different story as the Flyers chipped away at the lead before a 11-2 run midway through the latter frame put UD in the lead, 49-47, on a Charles Cooke steal and layup. Dayton extended the lead to nine before a W&M surge gave the Tribe a two-point lead with just 1:29 remaining in the game. Archie Miller’s squad put the clamps on their opposition from then on out, making enough stops and foul-shots to take home a three-point triumph.

The Flyers struggled mightily from behind the arc, hitting six of their twenty attempts from deep (30%). Turnovers were once again an issue for UD, sixteen in total, resulting in nineteen points for William & Mary. This has been a glaring problem area for UD over the first three games of the season, something that must be addressed before the season gets further along.

On the flip side, Dayton’s rebounding has been a tremendous asset over the first three games of the year. The Flyers are currently enjoying a 12.7 rebounding margin, an impressive mark no matter the opposition. Iowa will be a true test on the boards, as the Hawkeyes are one of the nation’s better rebounding teams (averaging 43.3 boards per game).

Charles Cooke and Steve McElvene have been better than advertised. Cooke is providing the scoring touch UD sorely needed from the wing, and the Chief provides an interior presence the program has lacked for years. Scoochie is going to do what he does, Kyle Davis is going to do what he does. Dayton has all the pieces to make another tournament run (yeah, I’m talking about the tournament before December, what of it?), the Flyers just need to stay consistent and injury-free — no small task when dealing with 18-22 year old men. 

In summation, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this afternoon. William & Mary was a talented team with experience and confidence. The Flyers took their best shot and lived to see another day. On to Orlando. Tell your family to go fuck themselves on Thanksgiving night, there’s mid-major basketball to watch. 

Dayton 69 William   Mary 66  Final  11 21 15   Basketball State

 

Tom Blackburn

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.

16 comments

  • YouTube guy

    November 21, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Wrong video assholes

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    • Tom Blackburn

      November 21, 2015 at 7:27 PM

      The intern has been let go.

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      • John Deere

        November 22, 2015 at 7:04 PM

        Typical executive management scapegoat.

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  • Angry John

    November 21, 2015 at 8:54 PM

    Did Mr. Wiggles strike ?

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    • John Deere

      November 21, 2015 at 9:19 PM

      My call for solidarity scared the firebrand called Mr. Wiggles shitless. There is no revolution. The men’s rooms are once again safe places – relative to shitting anyways.

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      • Angry John

        November 22, 2015 at 8:46 AM

        Good. That was a good win yesterday against a tough team. Saw the William and Mary team at Milanos after the game.

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      • Tom Blackburn

        November 22, 2015 at 7:07 PM

        Wiggles: We try desperately not to ban people from this site. It’s fascist and socially unattractive. Just know that the routine is wearing thin, dude.

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  • Rice

    November 21, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    It means so much to have a 7 foot guy anchoring your defense and getting his arms up to contest shots. It just means a lot. And when the shit is down and the Flyers absolutely have to have something, this young man can even execute a few basic post moves and put up a hook shot and get it to go down. It means more than you know.

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    • Tom Blackburn

      November 21, 2015 at 11:27 PM

      Couldn’t agree more. Big Steve have been a piece the Flyers have been missing since Finn. Nice to have a big body like his.

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      • Angry John

        November 22, 2015 at 8:48 AM

        He is improving on his rebounding too.

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  • Lou Brown

    November 22, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Was really hoping KD would develop a reliable jumper this year.

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  • TBolt

    November 22, 2015 at 8:22 PM

    Sam Miller went from Wally Szerbiak to Sammy Smith in 2 games. Sad to see he already peaked.

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  • gil

    November 23, 2015 at 8:57 AM

    X with the fourth most minutes on the team and more than KP… Anyone wanna act like they saw that cumin?

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    • CA

      November 23, 2015 at 10:56 AM

      Pollard sat with foul trouble most of the night. Plus he took that Thanksgiving thing a bit too seriously and kept handing W&M the ball.

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      • Anonymous

        November 24, 2015 at 7:52 PM

        you’re the guy who is gonna act like they saw it. Kewl

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  • T-Rex

    November 23, 2015 at 12:48 PM

    I know it is early and freshmen don't start doing stupid freshman stuff until conference play, but it is refreshing to have four new guys who aren't complete liabilities off the bench.
    Chip, X-Man & White Sam combined for 11 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and just 2 TOs in a combined 41 minutes. All while going 3/6 from the field and 4/5 from the line. Considering the three of them are basically equal to having 1 reserve last year, that is a solid stat line.

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