U. Dayton BasketballDayton Leaves Mason Feeling…Grey. Sorry.

Dayton shot 63% from the floor, 62% from three and outrebounded Mason 41-27 in route to a 98-64 curbstomping in Fairfax. The Flyers took a commanding lead midway through the first half and never looked back. The win is Dayton’s seventh in a row, the twelfth victory out of their last thirteen games. UD now stands at 9-1 in the Atlantic Ten, tied with VCU for first place.

Charles Cooke, who was punished harshly by Archie Miller (held out of the game for the first three and a half minutes), had an almost flawless game. Cooke finished with a game-high 24 points, going 10-of-13 from the field, and chipped in five assists. It was the JMU transfer’s best game in a Dayton uniform, which isn’t shocking considering how dismal George Mason’s defense is. After two quiet games against Saint Louis and La Salle, it was reassuring to see Cooke reassert himself offensively.

Dyshawn Pierre and Kendall Pollard combined for 28 points and ten rebounds. The pair shot 12-of-18 from the floor, Pierre connecting on both his three-point attempts. It was his ninth game in a row scoring in double-digits. The backcourt was kinda quiet tonight, as Scooch, Kyle Davis and DURRELL put it in neutral and let the frontcourt pull most of the weight.CalM62-W4AUM2wkLooking strictly at the numbers, Scoochie’s play since conference games began has slipped a bit. Not saying his season has been a disappointment, far from it, but his early season performances were clearly superior to his last ten games. Smith is averaging eight points a game, shooting 32% from three and just 35% from the floor overall in conference contests. On the positive side, Smith is clocking in with a 2.8:1 assist-to-turnover in A10 play, which is an attribute that defines his role on the team better than any other measurement. Still, it’d be nice to see Scooch whip out the big balls a few more times before the seasons wraps up.

Due to the unadulterated beating, the Flyer freshmen were gifted with extended minutes. John Crosby looked solid once again, scoring ten points and grabbing five boards in just fifteen minutes of play. The X-Man came off the bench, ran around a bit and knocked down a three. Sam Miller returned to the DC area and actually responded offensively, going 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc. Miller managed to foul out in fifteen minutes of court time, an impressive foul every three minutes.

At the end of the day it’s hard to take too much away from tonight’s matchup with George Mason. Mason is, at best, a work in progress. The Patriots are not very talented, true, but a thirty-four point victory is an impressive feat no matter the opponent. The Flyers are now 4-1 in league games on the road, which likely says as much about the success of the season thus far as anything else you could point to.

The Flyers have two games coming up this week, a home game against Duquesne on Tuesday and another Friday night tilt, on the road against Rhode Island. Both teams are currently 5-5 in the Atlantic Ten, however Rhode Island clearly poses the larger challenge for UD. Stay LOWD, friends.


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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.


  • John R

    February 7, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    I always stay LOWD no more gray uniforms they should alwways ware red!


  • Mr. Wiggles

    February 7, 2016 at 9:14 AM



    • Anonymous

      February 7, 2016 at 9:37 PM

      9:15 am


  • Roy Driesen

    February 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    I can’t believe Bobby isn’t getting more time. I spent a year telling people that he was a viable, capable player and was worthy of a scholarship. The fact that Sam Miller is getting his minutes exposes me as the know nothing, closeted hayseed that I am.


    • Tom Blackburn

      February 7, 2016 at 10:34 AM

      Roy, don’t beat yourself up. Your brother thought Bobby Wehrli was a scholarship player as well and he’s basically the greatest Flyer fan of all time.


    • 215 kiefaber

      February 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM

      might as well get Sam the garbage minutes now. God knows he could use it. Bobby was on scholly this year as a nice gesture. Nothing more.


    • John Deere

      February 7, 2016 at 3:34 PM

      Roy, this is when you pivot, and proclaim that you knew all along, from scouting Sam last year using social media and watching JJ Huddl videos, that Sam would most likely take Bobbi’s minutes.


    • John Deere

      February 8, 2016 at 8:41 PM

      Roy, this is the point where you pivot, and proclaim that you knew Sam was going to take Bobby’s minutes all along. After all, you stalked, err scouted Sam last year using social media and JJ Huddl videos.


  • Angry John

    February 7, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    Blackburn, do you actually know Kevin Greene?


  • Son of Sam

    February 7, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    A friend of mine was at the game yesterday and heard Mr. Miller beating his dick in the men’s room stall after the game.


    • ReddFoxx

      February 7, 2016 at 12:24 PM

      Got a mixed bad from Big (not big enough) Sam. Fouled anyone who moved and was disqualified after 15 minutes. Can’t do anything inside but did make a couple of threes. Hope I’m wrong but I’m afraid I’m going to hate him eventually. Don’t need a slow footed 6’9 guy jacking threes, that could be Cooke’s and getting abused inside. Doubt he ever becomes a player, too slow


      • tman

        February 7, 2016 at 4:56 PM

        O ye of little faith.
        This is part of the genius of Archie Miller.
        If you want to become a better player, play for Archie Miller.
        Sam will improve immensely during the next couple of years.

        I had the opportunity to see Big Steve play before Archie.
        He’s the most improved player I’ve seen in many many years.
        A game changer.
        A great shot blocker.
        A great rebounder.
        Great hands.
        Fine free throw shooter.
        And that’s after just one season with Archie Miller.

        I can’t give Archie all the credit because no coach can force you to get better anymore than a coach can force you to lose 60 + pounds.
        That comes from the player himself.
        The work this kid has put in to make himself a better player is tremendous.
        His first wise decision was to join forces with Archie Miller.

        I don’t think FLyer fans fully understand what this kid is capable of.
        He’s a force to be reckoned with on both sides of the court.
        He’s not just big. He’s a baskeball player.
        And he’s only going to get better.

        I think he will be the best Center we’ve seen at Dayton in 50-60 years.


        • Kurt

          February 7, 2016 at 11:23 PM

          You’re fucking wacky. You realize he’s playing in the pathetic 10 right? He moves like Herman Munster. He wouldn’t get on the floor at Xavier, Cincinnati or Ohio State. But why were on the subject of Flyer big men, when is someone going to talk about the real reason the Big Frog left UD? Apparently horny foreigners are a particular recruiting target for Arch. This university has turned their heads to win a shit league.


          • Jross

            February 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM

            Kurt, you ignorant slut. Tman may have ever so slightly exaggerated Big Steve’s ability and potential, but you are a complete retard on multiple levels. i won’t even waste the time or bytes to correct your ridiculous assertions. If you are a special needs individual, I apologize.


  • The Kman

    February 8, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Sam Miller = Chip Hare


    • Anonymous

      February 8, 2016 at 6:01 PM

      I seriously doubt that Sam’s expectations are that high. At least Sam Howard could drink like a fish and be a stand in for Akyroyd in Blues Brothers 3. Chip was a complete disappointment and extremely boring.


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