Dayton had only three assists on 20 made baskets in the first 36 minutes Wednesday against St. Francis University. That means they scored 17 times on some sort of one-on-one move or a fast-break opportunity.
“Right now, we have some guys who catch it and make sure there’s air in the ball and they can dribble it and it comes back into their hands and then they just double-check and dribble it again,” coach Archie Miller said. “We’re a team that dribbles, dribbles, dribbles, dribbles. We’ll just keep dribbling. At the end of the day, everyone’s standing and watching.”
During the decisive 16-2 run over the last four minutes in that game, which Dayton won 70-56, the Flyers made all their shots from the field. All three were assisted.
“At the end of the game, when it mattered most, we had a couple of guys uncork a couple of passes,” Miller said. “We got a steal here and there and converted. It changed really quick. It comes and goes like that. I think we’ll be OK on the offensive end as we move forward. We’re adjusting to lineups and who’s playing well. We’ve got to get more confident. That’s a big thing.”
Dayton has numerous players who can get the ball to the basket without help. That’s a strength of the team, up to a certain point.
“They want to get to the basket, which is a good thing, but they’ve got to take what they give you,” Miller said. “We’re learning the hard way that you’ve got to move it four, five six times. Sometimes it goes in and comes back out and it goes back across. In our preseason, it was very easy to drive the ball to the basket. It’s not always going to be easy.
“We’re learning some good lessons right now. We’re learning them while winning, which is important.”
Miller hopes to see some improvement in the team’s third game today. The Flyers (2-0) host another St. Francis from the Northeast Conference at noon. This time it’s St. Francis College, of Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Terriers upset defending ACC champion Miami 66-62 in their season opener Nov. 8 and beat Florida Atlantic 59-57 on Monday.
“They’re 2-0 on the road,” Miller said. “We’ve very wary. I think we all know right now it doesn’t matter who we play. We’re going to be in for a game here early on until we can get some things clicking. Their two wins have been very impressive, and we have a short turnaround with the noon game, so we’re going to have to really lock down and prepare and get some fresh legs and fresh minds.”
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