breaking news

Dayton Regional STEM students walk out to support Florida school shooting victims

Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Flyers have beaten five of the seven teams ahead of them in the standings


Highlights

Dayton pulled away by hitting its first 10 shots in the second half.

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Duquesne coach Keith Dambrot started walking toward each other for the post-game handshake Wednesday when officials started blowing their whistles because one-tenth of a second remained on the clock.

NOTES: Jordan Davis bounces back

The officials made Duquesne in-bound the ball just to run out the time, extending the misery for the Dukes, who ran into a team that has looked like one of the best teams in the Atlantic 10 at home and one of the worst on the road.

Dayton routed Duquesne 88-73 at UD Arena. The Flyers (11-12, 5-6) now own home victories over the five teams between second and sixth place.

“Why are the Flyers so much better at home?” a reporter asked Darrell Davis after the game.

“We’re comfortable here,” Davis said. “A lot of guys are comfortable here.”

Dayton did lose at home to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, so it isn’t invincible on its home court. However, its best performances have come at UD Arena, and some of them have been spectacular.

The Flyers set a school record with 66 points in the first half against Virginia Commonwealth in a 106-79 victory on Jan. 12, and it set another school record Wednesday by shooting 81.8 percent (20 of 24) in the second half.

» RELATED:  Dayton sets second-half shooting record

That was the best second-half shooting performance in school history and the second-best percentage in any half, trailing only an 86.4 percent effort (19 of 22) in the first half against Southern on March 1, 1986.

Dayton made its first 10 shots in the second half to extend a 29-26 halftime lead to 54-34 with 12:51 to play. Duquesne (15-10, 6-6) got no closer than 11 points in the final 12 minutes.

“We executed right,” Davis said. “We played to our abilities and strengths. We scouted right, and we came out with the W.”

Davis scored 20 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Josh Cunningham led the Flyers with 21 points and made 8 of 13 shots. Jordan Davis added 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Trey Landers made 6 of 10 shots and scored 12.

Jalen Crutcher had eight points, nine assists and no turnovers. John Crosby and Kostas Antetokounmpo added five and four points off the bench, respectively.

» WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Flyers win 13th straight

The Flyers recorded their season highs in field-goal percentage (31 of 48, 64.6) and 3-point percentage (8 of 14, 57.1) and had a strong night at the free-throw line (18 of 22, 81.8) as well.

“I think our guys were really focused and motivated and understood what we had to do,” Grant said. “The first half, I thought our guys were really locked in and did a great job. Offensively, we were not quite in a great rhythm. In the second half, we talked about trying to duplicate or better our defensive performance from the first half and that we could play better offensively. Obviously, you look at our numbers offensively in the second half, and our guys did an outstanding job.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Centerville diver aims for top-three finish at state meet
Centerville diver aims for top-three finish at state meet

In the sport of diving, where many of his competitors at this weekend’s state meet have been training through gymnastics since they were 6, Centerville senior Austin Flaute has made a name for himself in four short years. And perhaps nowhere did that sink in more for Flaute than at the Division I swimming and diving state championships his sophomore...
Here’s a terrible idea baseball should not adopt
Here’s a terrible idea baseball should not adopt

Rich Eisen did all of us in sports media with a clicks quote a solid Wednesday by passing on a terrible idea he heard about from someone who works for Major League Baseball.  Per Eisen, who has overcome his University of Michigan education to become one of the better sports personalities working today, “one MLB executive” suggested...
Grant, players thank Dayton fans after victory against Saint Louis
Grant, players thank Dayton fans after victory against Saint Louis

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and his players walk to the locker room at UD Arena after shaking hands with the opposing team after most games. On Tuesday, after beating Saint Louis 53-50, they took a detour to thank the fans in the student section. The last two seasons, Dayton has celebrated Senior Night victories with the students. This wasn&rsquo...
Cincinnati Reds add another young pitcher
Cincinnati Reds add another young pitcher

The Cincinnati Reds made a roster move Wednesday, acquiring Miguel Medrano from the Texas Rangers.  He is a right-handed pitcher who is headed to the Reds’ affiliated in the Dominican Summer League.  He spent the last two seasons in that league, where 10 of his 15 appearances were starts.  Medrano went 5-1 last season with a 2...
Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes
Sports Today: Basketball is fun again for Flyers, Buckeyes

Basketball is officially fun again for the Flyers and Buckeyes — at least for another few days.  Dayton and Ohio State both got back into the winning column last night, games that had very different importances.  Obviously, the Flyers needed to win in order to keep hope alive for a winning season. The odds might still be against it...
More Stories