Dayton cuts down on turnovers in win over North Florida


Dayton basketball fans unfamiliar with the Dab might wonder what Scoochie Smith is doing every time he hits a big shot.

The Dab is a dance move gaining popularity on football fields and basketball courts across the country. Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer dabbled in the Dab after beating Michigan. LeBron James, Cam Newton and others have done the Dab.

Dayton’s point guard has the Dab down. Twice after hitting big 3-pointers Saturday in a 86-71 victory over North Florida at UD Arena, Smith bent his head, covered his eyes and nose with his forearm and ran back down the court.

Smith scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half. Even more impressively, he had four assists and no turnovers in 33 minutes. Here are three points to take from this game, turnovers being the top item on the list.

1. Fewer mistakes: The Flyers committed 10 turnovers against North Florida. They had 22 in a 90-71 loss to Xavier in their previous game and were averaging 16.3 turnovers per game, most in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Dayton had nine turnovers two games earlier in a 73-70 victory over Monmouth, so it appears close to solving this issue.

“That’s big moving forward,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “We’re talking about three things right now. Do not turn the ball over. Run back on defense. And rebound the ball. I think we checked (off) most of those. If we can get our turnovers down, our offense is going to get better because we’re still scoring the ball well.”

2. Rebounding edge: The Flyers out-rebounded North Florida 41-31. Center Steve McElvene had 16 rebounds. Charles Cooke had seven. Kendall Pollard had five.

Dayton has out-rebounded every opponent but Xavier. Entering the game, the Flyers ranked second in the A-10 in rebounding margin (plus 5.5).

3. Quality opponent: North Florida shot 46 percent from the field and 56 percent from 3-point range in the the first half and 37 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range in the second half. The Ospreys made 14 3-pointers but only five in the second half.

North Florida showed why it leads the nation in 3-pointers. Miller expects the Ospreys to contend for a second straight NCAA Tournament berth. They already beat Illinois and played LSU close.

“We’re playing an extremely difficult schedule,” Miller said. “I hope people are taking notice around the country of what we’re doing. We’re not just playing anybody right now if you look at RPI and strength of schedule. We did this on purpose. This is to put us in position to be ready down the road. We’re really challenging ourselves and a lot of time with inexperienced guys who are getting exposed, and that’s making us better.”


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Baker Mayfield leads Browns to first win in 635 days: Social media reacts
Baker Mayfield leads Browns to first win in 635 days: Social media reacts

The Cleveland Browns got back in the win column after 635 days Thursday. In his NFL debut, quarterback Baker Mayfield, the team’s first overall pick in this year’s draft, brought the Browns back from a 14-0 deficit to beat the New York Jets 21-17. Here’s how people reacted to the win on Twitter:
Prep volleyball: Fenwick outlasts Alter, runs winning streak to six
Prep volleyball: Fenwick outlasts Alter, runs winning streak to six

It was a shaky start but a strong finish for the Fenwick High School volleyball team. Despite losing the first set to an Alter team that rattled off 10 consecutive points for the win, the Falcons battled back for a 14-25, 25-5, 25-16, 21-25, 15-9 victory over the Knights Thursday night at Alter. It marked the sixth consecutive win for the 9-3 Falcons...
It’s about time: Cleveland Browns snap 19-game winless streak
It’s about time: Cleveland Browns snap 19-game winless streak

For the first time in 635 days, the Cleveland Browns found a way to win. Baker Mayfield showed them how. The No. 1 overall pick replaced injured starter Tyrod Taylor and sparked the Browns, who got two 1-yard touchdown runs from Carlos Hyde and beat the New York Jets 21-17 on Thursday night for their first win since Dec. 24, 2016. And so ends Cleveland&rsquo...
HS Roundup 9/20: McCarthy, Lahmon lead Oakwood at SWBL tournament

Tom McCarthy shot a 77 to help the Oakwood boys golf squad pick up a ten-stroke win in the Southwestern Buckeye League Tournament at Beechwood Golf Course on Thursday. Sam Lahmon of Oakwood and Noah Lindsey of Waynesville were named players of the year. Alex Grant joined Lahmon and McCarthy on the Southwestern Division All-League first team along with...
HS Results 9/20: Alter tennis secures split of GCLC

Football Thursday’s Results Miami East 52, Bethel 28 Boys Soccer Thursday’s Results Alter 1, Indian Hill 0 Bellbrook 4, Brookville 0 Botkins 3, New Knoxville 0 Butler 2, Northmont 1 Carroll 2, Springboro 1 Dayton Christian 2, Chaminade-Julienne 0 Eaton 5, Franklin 1 Edgewood 2, Northwest 1 Lebanon 4, Middletown 1 Madison 4, Preble Shawnee...
More Stories