RecapU. Dayton BasketballMcCall It A Win

Dayton takes down UMass, Earns Sixth Straight Win
Mr. Vines2 years ago76 min

Every time I try to think of something I despise more than New England sports, I fail. Hell, let’s toss the fans and people in there as well. Did you know: if you poll 10 people from the New England region, 9 of them will tell you nothing exists outside of New England. The remaining one will tell you the rest of the country is all poor farmers and peasants. Don’t believe me? Try it. You won’t.

Like most of you, I never look forward to playing UMass, for the reasons listed above and our history against them. I still have flashbacks to being at that game in 2008, when our 13 game winning streak was put to bed at home by them with a score of 82-71. The folks over in Vegas were wildly generous today with that Dayton -11 point spread. All that said, a win is a win, and we got one today which ties us for first in the A10 at 3-0 and winners of 6 straight.

UMass rolled into the Sweater Center today with a record of 7-8 led by Coach McCall, who coached with Grant on Donovan’s staff at Florida. As Sully already explained in the recon, the Minutemen find themselves in year number two of a massive rebuild. Credit to McCall: I had very little respect for their roster before tip-off today, especially when the first play was a UMass shot clock violation and us going up 5-0 just 90 seconds in. But their team can absolutely hang in the A10 on any given night, and I’m not thrilled to play them in our Achilles heel, the Mullins Center, in late February. After a quick three by Jordan Davis, McCall called a timeout with Dayton up 8-0 two minutes in.

The refs felt so bad for the Minutemen that they awarded them the ball the next two possessions, praying that everyone watching wouldn’t notice UMass were the ones who knocked the ball out of bounds. Their big man Holloway finally popped up a shot which ended their scoreless start with 17 minutes to go in the first half. We traded blows back and forth and went into the first media timeout up 10-6. The next two possessions saw two rare denials at the rim of both Crutcher and Trey. Credit to the UMass defense, they were a pain in the neck for a majority of today, except against Josh and Jordan, who for some unknown reason were both taken out by Grant towards the end of the half. It’s always wise to sit your two hottest hands when the other team is starting to pickup steam, don’t forget that guys. McCall switched up the UMass pick-and-roll defense in the final minutes of the half, which kept them within arms reach and took us into the locker room up 38-33. Josh had 14 and Davis had 11; for UMass, Pipkins led the squad with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

UMass came out much better in the second half and kept the score a little too close for comfort. Dayton never trailed once in today’s contest, but the game was tied 3 different times in the final 6 minutes of the game. Once again, due to some sort of advanced coaching technique that us common folk aren’t privy to, Josh remained on the bench for most of these final minutes. I’ll let Jablo’s Tweet tell the rest of that tale:

With the game tied at 67, Jordan drilled a 3-ball followed by Trey hitting a free throw shortly thereafter to ice the game. Final score Dayton 72, UMass 67. It wasn’t pretty, but as I’ve already said, a win’s a win. And let’s not take any focus off of Jordan Davis who’s my MVP for tonight. Kid was 4-5 from behind the arch and finished with 21 points. Jalen would go 4-5 from the 3 and finish with 19, but Davis gets the nod tonight because of his defense against Pipkins on the other end. Josh was next with 15 points and Trey with 12 – our pal Obie unfortunately had 3 points on 1-for-7 shooting.

There’s no need to flood a UMass recap blog with hot takes, so I’ll leave those for the game we have this Wednesday. Grab your overalls and straw hats y’all, we’re headed to the deep south to take on our best friends VCU. Friendly reminder to anyone attending in person: PLEASE do not arrive more than 15 minutes early, as the staff will be busy folding up the cafeteria tables from their weekly Bingo Bonanza event, and stacking cardboard boxes from Market Day pickup that morning. A true chameleon, that gym of theirs is.

Stay LOWD. See ya on hump day.


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