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Archdeacon: At 3-foot-7, doctor stands tall at USAF Marathon

When you consider the total person, few people who took part in the Air Force Marathon on Saturday stood taller than Dr. Nadia Merchant. And she’s 3-foot-7. As she competed in the half marathon – wearing a black cap and Nike head covering to adhere to her Muslim faith and taking short steps because of her rare genetic recessive condition that limits her height – the 31-year-old runner...
Dayton volleyball beats Ohio State for first time since 1980, sets attendance record

Dayton volleyball beats Ohio State for first time since 1980, sets attendance record

The Dayton Flyers volleyball program set a Frericks Center attendance record Saturday night as 2,285 spectators watched a match against Ohio State. Dayton completed a perfect weekend at the Flyer Invitational by beating the Buckeyes 3-2, winning the last set 16-14. Dayton ended a seven-match losing streak in the series, which Ohio State leads 14-10. Before this match, Dayton had not beaten Ohio State...
College Football: Dayton Flyers look to bounce back vs. Duquense

College Football: Dayton Flyers look to bounce back vs. Duquense

It’s not often you find a team that owns an edge on the Dayton Flyers, but Duquesne is one such program. The Dukes lead the all-time series 9-6 and they’ve won six of the last eight games as the Flyers head to Pittsburgh to renew the rivalry Saturday at noon. “Duquesne is probably one of the best teams we’ll play all year,” Chamberlin said. “They are well coached...
Former Dayton point guard Scoochie Smith signs with Cleveland Cavaliers

Former Dayton point guard Scoochie Smith signs with Cleveland Cavaliers

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith confirmed Thursday he will attend training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Training camp starts Sept. 24. Earlier in the summer, Smith said he received an invitation to training camp after his performance for the Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League but was still considering his options. According to Keith Smith, of Basketball.RealGm.com,...
Dayton offers scholarship to four-star recruit in 2020 class

Dayton offers scholarship to four-star recruit in 2020 class

Desmond Polk, a four-star point guard in the class of 2020, announced a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday. » MORE ON RECRUITING: 2020 prospect visits UD | Women’s team gets verbal The 6-foot-4 Polk attends La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind. He ranks 125th in the 2020 class, according to Rivals.com, and 130th, according to 247Sports.com. He also has offers from...
Dayton volleyball’s tough schedule continues at Flyer Invitational

Dayton volleyball’s tough schedule continues at Flyer Invitational

Coach Tim Horsmon doesn’t know if the difficult schedule his Dayton Flyers volleyball program has played will prove to be a good thing in the end. “Talk to me in a couple months,” Horsmon said Tuesday. “You never know if that builds confidence or breaks it down.” Dayton (6-4) has lost to three teams — No. 9 Pittsburgh, No. 13 Washington and No. 20 Kentucky &mdash...
Dayton women’s basketball receives second commitment from 2019 class

Dayton women’s basketball receives second commitment from 2019 class

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team received a verbal commitment on Monday from Mariah Perez, a 6-foot-3 senior forward from Newark Tech High School (N.J.). She’s the second 2019 recruit to pick the Flyers. Perez ranks 85th in the 2019 class, according to ProspectNation.com. She also had scholarship offers from St. John’s, Louisiana State and West Virginia among others. Dayton...
Dayton Flyers: Where did national magazine pick UD to finish in A-10?

Dayton Flyers: Where did national magazine pick UD to finish in A-10?

With the 2018-19 college basketball season less than two months away, more preseason predictions are coming out. The Lindy’s Sports College Basketball Preview hit newsstands this week. The annual magazine picked the Dayton Flyers to finish ninth in the 14-team Atlantic 10 Conference. That’s where it finished last year with an 8-10 league mark. This was the magazine’s take on Dayton...
Forward from West Virginia visits Dayton Flyers

Forward from West Virginia visits Dayton Flyers

Jalen Bridges, a 6-foot-7 forward, announced a visit to the Dayton Flyers on Saturday. Bridges attends Fairmont Senior High School in Fairmont, W.Va. He received a scholarship offer from West Virginia in August. Penn State was the first school from a power conference to offer him a scholarship in June, according to the Metro News of West Virginia. Bridges was originally in the 2019 recruiting class...
College Football: Flyers facing big road challenge at SEMO

College Football: Flyers facing big road challenge at SEMO

On the road with a quarterback who’s never started a college football game? It’s not the scenario that Rick Chamberlin was hoping for at Southeast Missouri, but the Flyers coach doesn’t see his team feeling sorry for themselves. Redshirt freshman Jack Cook gets the start under center for the Flyers, who lost fifth-year senior Alex Jeske to a season-ending...
Four-star prospect lists Dayton among his final choices

Four-star prospect lists Dayton among his final choices

Toumani Camara, a four-star prospect in the class of 2019, listed Dayton among his final seven schools Thursday, according to reports by 247sports.com and Rivals.com. Camara, a 6-6 forward from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., also will consider George Washington, Massachusetts, Georgia, Kansas State, Minnesota and Murray State. He ranks 122nd in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports...
Archdeacon: Flyers new quarterback dares to be great, doesn’t freak out

Archdeacon: Flyers new quarterback dares to be great, doesn’t freak out

It started out as a regular text message from his grandfather. Back when he was playing football for Seneca Valley High, a school of nearly 7,600 students just north of Pittsburgh, Jack Cook said his granddad, James Newton, who played basketball at the University of Buffalo, would message him: “Dare to be Great.” Then a year ago – as he was coming into the University of Dayton where...
Dayton Flyers: Toughest stretch of A-10 schedule comes in February

Dayton Flyers: Toughest stretch of A-10 schedule comes in February

One of the most wide-open Atlantic 10 Conference seasons in recent memory begins Jan. 6 for the Dayton Flyers, who play the Richmond Spiders in the first of 18 A-10 games in a nine-week span. The A-10 released the full schedule Wednesday. Here are 10 things to know about Dayton’s slate of games: 1. Busy Sundays: Two of Dayton’s first three games will be played on Sundays. After opening...
Dayton Flyers to open A-10 play on a Sunday in January

Dayton Flyers to open A-10 play on a Sunday in January

The Dayton Flyers will play two of their first three Atlantic 10 Conference games on Sundays at UD Arena, and they will open the conference schedule at home against Richmond on Jan. 6. Dayton finished 14-17 last season and 8-10 in the A-10, earning the No. 9 seed in the conference tournament. Here’s Dayton’s complete 18-game A-10 schedule, which was announced Wednesday. The times of many...
Dayton Flyers recruiting update: Two scholarships open for 2019

Dayton Flyers recruiting update: Two scholarships open for 2019

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant has raved about how well and fast his team has bonded in the offseason, newcomers mixing with veterans as if they have played together for years. Last weekend, the team added another layer of bonding with a game of paintball. Dayton fans won’t get to see the players in action until an exhibition game against Capital on Nov. 2 — the annual Red...
How will NCAA’s new method of selecting at-large teams affect Dayton?

How will NCAA’s new method of selecting at-large teams affect Dayton?

The NET has a catchier name than the RPI, more modern math behind it and, for the most part, more widespread support from the college basketball experts who start predicting next year’s NCAA tournament field as soon as the “One Shining Moment” montage airs after the championship game. How will the NCAA Evaluation Tool affect the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program? That&rsquo...
Injury ends season, career of Dayton Flyers quarterback

Injury ends season, career of Dayton Flyers quarterback

Dayton Flyers quarterback Alex Jeske will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a knee injury Saturday in the first quarter of the season opener at Welcome Stadium, UD announced Monday. Jeske’s college career ends with the injury. He’s a fifth-year senior from Glen Ellyn, Ill, who led the Flyers to the Pioneer Football League championship as a redshirt freshman in 2015 and won...
Flyers roll in season opener, but lose quarterback

Flyers roll in season opener, but lose quarterback

Normally, University of Dayton football coach Rick Chamberlin would be feeling pretty good when his starting quarterback is cheering on the sidelines in the second half, but that really wasn’t the case at Welcome Stadium on Saturday. The Flyers had a three-touchdown lead, but four-year starter Alex Jeske was dressed in street clothes with a brace on his right knee after being knocked out of...
Dayton football eager to put disappointing 2017 season behind them

Dayton football eager to put disappointing 2017 season behind them

It was a season of high hopes that didn’t turn out that way for the Dayton Flyers in 2017. For only the second time in the last four decades the Dayton Flyers football team suffered through a losing season (5-6). “It’s an eager group,” senior defensive end Nick Surges said. “We’ve had a lot of fun these last couple of weeks and it started back in January with the...
Dayton Flyers will not play Red and Blue game for second straight year

Dayton Flyers will not play Red and Blue game for second straight year

The Dayton Flyers men’s and women’s basketball teams will not play the annual Red and Blue games for the second straight year, a UD spokesman confirmed Thursday, because of the renovations at UD Arena. No decision has yet been made on whether to replace the scrimmages, which in the past gave fans their first glimpses of the teams in action, with another event. Last year, Dayton held a...
Grant: New Flyers have bonded quickly with returners

Grant: New Flyers have bonded quickly with returners

Jordy Tshimanga, the newest member of the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team, stole the show Sunday at the annual season tipoff gathering for fans. The event, held at Dr. Stephen Levitt’s house, gave fans their first glimpse of the 6-foot-11 transfer who will sit out this season before playing two seasons at Dayton. Each player introduced themselves on a stage in front of more than 1...
Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers newest big man has a personality that dwarfs his size 18 shoes, 7-foot-2 wingspan

Archdeacon: Dayton Flyers newest big man has a personality that dwarfs his size 18 shoes, 7-foot-2 wingspan

He said Anthony Grant is hoping to transform him now that he’s here, but I’m not sure this is how the University of Dayton basketball coach quite envisioned it. Right in front of me late Thursday morning, Jordy Tshimanga, the 6-foot-11, 275-pound transfer from Nebraska, morphed into Sabrina Claudio, the sultry, half-Cuban, half-Puerto Rican R & B singer. Tshimanga unplugged his headphones...
College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

College Basketball: New ranking system will help determine NCAA field

A new ranking system will be used to determine NCAA Tournament teams. The NCAA has developed a new system to replace the RPI as the primary method for evaluation teams during the Division I men’s basketball season. »RELATED: NCAA rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) will rely on results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring...
UD Arena to host 2020 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

UD Arena to host 2020 Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament

The Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament is coming to UD Arena in 2020. The conference announced sites through 2021 on Tuesday.  “For the Atlantic 10, the University, the Dayton region, players, coaches, media, and fans of all ages, we are excited to extend our long and rich relationship with hosting college basketball; one that will continue to bring the excitement of college...
Dayton cross country programs on the rise

Dayton cross country programs on the rise

No University of Dayton athletics program has come further in the past two years than men’s and women’s cross country. Coach Jason Ordway led the Dayton Flyers men’s team to its first Atlantic 10 championship in 2016, his second season as head coach. Then he took over the women’s team in 2017 and led the men’s and women’s teams to conference championships last fall...
Dayton Flyers: Obadiah Toppin highlights create buzz online

Dayton Flyers: Obadiah Toppin highlights create buzz online

Obadiah Toppin could be a secret weapon for the Dayton Flyers this season.  Unless the redshirt freshman’s videos keep going viral on social media.  A 30-second clip posted this week had already been viewed over 200,000 times as of Wednesday morning, and it gives some clues about what Toppin could bring to the floor for UD this season.  Of course translating his skills to a game...
Dayton Flyers officially add 6-foot-11 transfer from Nebraska

Dayton Flyers officially add 6-foot-11 transfer from Nebraska

Jordy Tshimanga is officially a Dayton Flyer.   The school announced Tuesday morning his transfer from Nebraska is complete.  The 6-foot-11 Montreal native will have to sit out this season and has two years of eligibility remaining.  He averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game last season for the Cornhuskers.  In a release, Dayton coach Anthony Grant said...
Dayton volleyball aims for return to top of Atlantic 10

Dayton volleyball aims for return to top of Atlantic 10

A three-year run of Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament championships and NCAA tournament appearances ended for the Dayton Flyers volleyball program in 2017. Tim Horsmon, entering this 10th season as Dayton head coach, hopes the bad memories motivate his team in 2018. The Flyers finished 23-8 last season and fell short of their goals despite returning their entire lineup from a team that finished...
Former Dayton Flyer John Crosby announces where he will play next

Former Dayton Flyer John Crosby announces where he will play next

Former Dayton Flyers point guard John Crosby will continue his career at Delaware State.  He made the announcement via social media Sunday night.  Crosby was one of five players to leave coach Anthony Grant’s program shortly after the season ended in March.  Crosby played in 26 games last past season, including nine starts, saw his playing time evaporate by year’s end...
Dayton basketball ranks 23rd in the nation in attendance 

Dayton basketball ranks 23rd in the nation in attendance 

The Dayton Flyers drew an average of 12,996 fans to UD Arena for men’s basketball games last season, good for No. 23 in the nation.  Despite a 14-17 season, attendance was down only slightly from the previous season when the Flyers won the Atlantic 10 and set a school/UD Arena record by drawing 13,018 per game (that ranked 22nd nationally).  Unlike the previous season, UD did not lead...
NCAA basketball: Rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing

NCAA basketball: Rules for recruiting, draft, agents and enforcement changing

The NCAA announced numerous changes to college basketball Wednesday.  Most noteworthy: College players (and potentially high school players eventually) will be allowed to hire agents, and players who enter the NBA draft but aren’t selected can return to school if they choose to do so by 5 p.m. on the Monday after the draft.  Additionally, the NCAA significantly changed the recruiting...
Dayton men’s soccer program has strong international flavor

Dayton men’s soccer program has strong international flavor

No program at the University of Dayton leans on international talent more than the Dayton Flyers men’s soccer team. Practice started Tuesday for the 2018-19 team, which features 11 foreign-born players from 10 countries. That’s not unusual for coach Dennis Currier’s program. In the last four seasons, counting this one, players from 17 different countries have worn the Dayton uniform...
Anthony Grant on the Dayton Flyers: ‘We have a group that is probably ahead of where we were last year’

Anthony Grant on the Dayton Flyers: ‘We have a group that is probably ahead of where we were last year’

It’s been a busy offseason for Dayton Flyers men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant., who joined me this week on the Stay Right There Podcast. Grant has been on the road recruiting and back on campus working with a team that will look to build on a 14-17 season from a year ago. “You never want to have the results we had of a losing season, but I thought coming in knowing what the program...
Archdeacon: Community embraces beloved coach and his fight to live

Archdeacon: Community embraces beloved coach and his fight to live

With the start of their two-a-day football practices this past week, the seniors on the Marion Local football team – the Flyers are the defending Division VI state champs, have won six state titles in the past seven years and 10 crowns overall – met one recent evening to decide what the team motto would be for the upcoming season. Every year the players come up with a maxim that gets mounted...
Signed 30 minutes before Thursday’s game, first MLB win ‘like a dream’ for UD, Beavercreek grad

Signed 30 minutes before Thursday’s game, first MLB win ‘like a dream’ for UD, Beavercreek grad

University of Dayton and Beavercreek High School graduate Mike Hauschild signed his Blue Jays contract a half-hour before and then came on to pitch six impressive innings of relief in his first game in the majors in more than 15 months. Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning to back Hauschild, and Toronto beat the Seattle Mariners 7-3 Thursday night. Hauschild, who was released...
Report: Nebraska transfer commits to Dayton

Report: Nebraska transfer commits to Dayton

Jordy Tshimanga, a transfer from Nebraska, has committed to the University of Dayton, according to a report by ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla. Tshimanga and his brother Emmanuel Tshimanga, a 2019 recruit, visited Dayton on Wednesday. Jordy Tshimanga, a 6-foot-11 center, started 18 games last season for Nebraska, averaging 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. He announced his decision...
Archdeacon: Dayton assistant coach making good on graveside promise to his mother

Archdeacon: Dayton assistant coach making good on graveside promise to his mother

He was a 13-year-old eighth grader growing up in a tough Dominican neighborhood in the Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan when his mother, Josephine, who had raised him on her own, died unexpectedly from a heart attack. “I remember we were at her burial in Fairlawn, N.J. and they were putting her down in the grave,” Ricardo Greer said quietly, his eyes beginning to glisten....
Report: Nebraska transfer and his brother, a 2019 recruit, visit Dayton

Report: Nebraska transfer and his brother, a 2019 recruit, visit Dayton

Jordy Tshimanga, a transfer from Nebraska and his brother Emmanuel Tshimanga, a 2019 recruit, started a visit with the Dayton Flyers on Wednesday, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein.  Jordy Tshimanga, a 6-foot-11 center, started 18 games last season for Nebraska, averaging 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game. He announced his decision to transfer in July...
Grant on Dayton’s progress during summer practices: ‘We’re better’

Grant on Dayton’s progress during summer practices: ‘We’re better’

The sounds of bouncing basketballs almost drowned out Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant as he talked to reporters Tuesday at the Cronin Center. Dayton’s eleven scholarship players, plus Meadowdale graduate Jabali Leonard, who’s trying to make the team as a walk-on, warmed up for practice with a shootaround as Grant spoke. The Flyers are nearing the end of their summer workouts. Classes...
Dayton’s Chamberlin surprised by Pioneer Football League poll

Dayton’s Chamberlin surprised by Pioneer Football League poll

Coach Rick Chamberlin put the emphasis on the final two words in this quote Tuesday when talking about the fact that his Dayton Flyers were picked to finish second in the Pioneer Football League. “You know what that preseason poll means?” Chamberlin said. “Absolutely nothing.” Dayton received one of 10 first-place votes from the conference head coaches. It didn’t come...
Grant on Dayton’s summer practices: ‘It’s been a good six weeks’

Grant on Dayton’s summer practices: ‘It’s been a good six weeks’

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant opened up practice at the Cronin Center to local media on Tuesday. Here are some quick impressions from seeing the team work out and talking to Grant and three players: 1. All in action: Everyone on the roster looked healthy: the nine available scholarship players and the two transfers sitting out this season, Ibi Watson and Rodney Chatman. Everyone was practicing...
Dayton’s non-conference schedule full of haves and have-nots

Dayton’s non-conference schedule full of haves and have-nots

Dayton Flyers fans didn’t react with glee — at least judging by the reactions on social media — when they saw the men’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule for the first time Tuesday. The average 2017-18 RPI of the eight opponents that will visit UD Arena is 223.8. The only marquee opponent playing the Flyers in Dayton is Mississippi State, which ranked 55th. Three...
Dayton women’s soccer coach excited for year two with Flyers

Dayton women’s soccer coach excited for year two with Flyers

Players for the Dayton Flyers women’s soccer team reported to campus Monday. They will practice four times before playing an exhibition game Sunday at the University of Cincinnati. Eleven days later, coach Eric Golz’s second season as head coach officially begins at the James Madison Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. Golz had big cleats to fill a year ago. He replaced Mike Tucker, who...
Dayton releases 2018-19 non-conference men’s basketball schedule

Dayton releases 2018-19 non-conference men’s basketball schedule

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant will reunite with former college teammate Damon Goodwin, the longtime head coach at Capital University, in an exhibition game Nov. 2 at UD Arena. Dayton released its non-conference schedule Tuesday. The game against Capital likely will be the first time fans can see the Flyers in action. For the second straight year, the status of the Red and Blue Game is up in the...
Neil Sullivan: Future is bright for Dayton basketball

Neil Sullivan: Future is bright for Dayton basketball

Neil Sullivan describes himself as a life-long learner. He never wants to believe he has everything figured out. Much like the student-athletes at the University of Dayton, he knows he has to be coachable and adaptable if he wants to keep up with the pace of change. “If you’re doing your job right, you’re always learning,” Sullivan said. “You try to learn from people...
A-10 predictions roundup: Saint Louis favored by most

A-10 predictions roundup: Saint Louis favored by most

The college basketball season begins in 3½ months. Most of the offseason roster moves have taken place. It’s not too early to make predictions about the Atlantic 10 Conference race, even though the official preseason poll won’t come out until October. Based on the early rankings, Saint Louis, George Mason and St. Joseph’s are the favorites. No one really knows where to rank...
Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Watch: Dayton provides first extended look at Flyers in practice this summer

Just under four months remain until the start of the 2018-19 college basketball season. Teams can begin play Nov. 6. That’s a Tuesday. Past seasons began Fridays. A new NCAA rule pushed up the start date, and Dayton Athletic Director Neil Sullivan said in April UD would probably take advantage of the early start date. While fans may not get to see the Flyers before then — the renovation...
What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

What has Dayton coach Anthony Grant seen so far from the Flyers this summer?

The Dayton Flyers basketball veterans are back in the gym.  So are the freshmen and the transfers.  So how are things going so far this summer at UD?  Coach Anthony Grant provided us with an update after the first week of summer workouts (See video above).  In short, he likes what he has seen so far, but he cautioned it is early, especially from a team perspective.  The better...
2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

2018 World Cup: Who are local coaches, fans rooting for?

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russia without the United States for the first time since 1986. While TV viewership in the USA for the tournament soared from 3,273,000 in 2010 to to 4,557,000 in 2014, those numbers could plummet this year because of the absence of the Americans. Soccer may be more popular than ever in this country — witness the rise of FC Cincinnati — but the non-soccer...
Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers notes: Livingston II dominates for George Mason in second half

Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant compared George Mason star Otis Livingston II to Massachusetts guard Luwane Pipkins on Monday, and he turned out to be more right than he could have wanted to be. Pipkins burned the Flyers twice earlier this season, and Livingston dominated Dayton on Wednesday, scoring 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting in an 85-67 victory against the Flyers at EagleBank Arena. "...
Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

Dayton continues to thrive at UD Arena, routing Duquesne

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. 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...
Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Jordan Davis bounces back with strong performance for Dayton

Freshman guard Jordan Davis rebounded from his worst shooting performance of the season with one of his best, helping lead the Dayton Flyers to an 88-73 victory Wednesday against Duquesne at UD Arena. Davis made 1 of 8 shots from the field and scored 3 points Saturday in an 86-82 double-overtime loss at Massachusetts. He made 7 of 8 shots in this game, including 4 of 5 3-pointers, and finished with...
U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

U.D.'s best recruit shows why Flyers fans should be excited for next year

Stickers from close to 40 colleges plaster the door to the guidance counselor’s office at Holy Name High School. The winged “D” logo from the University of Dayton adorns one side. One student played a large role in bringing college basketball coaches — former Dayton coach Archie Miller and current Dayton coach Anthony Grant among them — from many of the schools represented...
Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Dayton coach on defense vs. Davidson: ‘May have been our best effort of the year’

Davidson freshman Kellan Grady lofted a shot toward the rafters at UD Arena. His half-court desperation heave looked good on the way but clanged off the backboard. It wouldn’t have counted anyway. The officials saw Grady release the ball after the buzzer, waving it off when the ball was still in the air. With that, the Dayton Flyers returned to .500 with their third victory against a team sitting...
Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Four reasons Dayton beat Tennessee Tech: Flyers ‘back on right track’ win with at home

Tennessee Tech junior Courtney Alexander provided the most lasting image Wednesday at UD Arena, showing off an underhanded free-throw form that would make grandmas everywhere proud. Granny-style free-throw shooting is a rare thing, and a crowd of 12,976 took notice. Dayton’s fans reserved most of their cheers for their team, of course. Dayton took control of the game with a 15-0 run in the first...
PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

PREVIEW: Dayton Flyers vs. Akron Zips

Who: Akron (2-0) at Dayton (2-2) When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: UD Arena TV/Radio: Fox Sports Ohio; AM 1290, News 95.7 WHIO OLD DOMINION GAME: Five takeaways | Photos | Game story | Davis blossoming | Notes Probable Dayton starters Darrell Davis, 6-5, Sr., G, 22.0 points per game John Crosby, 6-3, Jr., G, 6.8 Josh Cunningham, 6-7, R-Jr., F, 15.0 Xeyrius Williams, 6-8, Jr., F, 8.8 Kostas Antetokounmpo...
Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Archdeacon: Diamond in the rough hopes to sparkle for Dayton Flyers

Anthony Grant was looking for a diamond in the rough. Jalen Crutcher was hoping to get some shiny earrings. The two reached out to each other and both ended up getting what they wanted. Late in the recruiting cycle, Grant got the point guard help he needed to fill out his Dayton Flyers roster and Crutcher now sports a pair of pea-sized, diamond-like adornments on his lobes. A 6-foot-1 freshman from...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Ranking non-conference games

The non-conference scheduling strategy for the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program will not change in the Anthony Grant era. Dayton still wants to play four teams, outside its annual exempt tournament, every season that it expects will compete for NCAA tournament berths. “We’ve got to play the best teams we can beat in the non-conference,” said Athletic Director Neil Sullivan...
Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

Dayton Flyers Top 10: Best freshman seasons

The Dayton Flyers will lean on freshmen throughout the 2017-18 season, more so than they have in recent seasons. With 10 scholarship players, they have to. They need production from redshirt freshman Kostas Antetokounmpo and true freshmen Jordan Davis, Jordan Pierce, Jalen Crutcher and Matej Svoboda. Dayton hasn’t had a freshman average more than 10 points per game in the last nine seasons....
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton’s Ryan Mikesell undergoes second hip surgery

Dayton Flyers junior forward Ryan Mikesell underwent surgery on his left hip Friday in Columbus. “The surgery went well,” coach Anthony Grant said. “He’s at home for the weekend. Sometime next week he’ll get back on campus to start rehab.” Mikesell, a St. Henry High School graduate, had surgery on his right hip on May 16. He was diagnosed with impingements...
UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

UD Arena transformation: What’s been done so far

The University of Dayton provided an update on the progress of the first phase of the UD Arena transformation on Friday. UD Arena Director Scott DeBolt provided quick rundown of what has been done in the first three weeks. Week one: Removed telescopic seats; took down the center-hung scoreboard; removed the crow’s nest; and started removing the 100-level seats. RELATED: UD Arena’s...
Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Dayton’s Jeremiah Bonsu finds coaching job

Former Dayton Flyers walk-on guard Jeremiah Bonsu has accepted a job with the Bowling Green Falcons men’s basketball team as a graduate assistant coach. Bonsu graduated from UD in May with the four other Dayton seniors. He spent three seasons with the team. He never scored a point and appeared in only two games as a senior, but he became a popular player in part because of his celebrations...
Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Scoochie Smith to work out for fourth NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out for the Houston Rockets on Thursday. It’s the fourth workout in advance of the NBA Draft for Smith, who previously worked out for the Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from...
Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Dyshawn Pierre gets chance with hometown team

Former Dayton Flyers forward Dyshawn Pierre will participate in the Toronto Raptors’ free-agent camp Thursday and Friday, the Raptors announced Wednesday. Pierre, a native of Whitby, Ont., was one of 23 players invited. Pierre played in Germany last season and led the top league in rebounding. He averaged 7.9 rebounds in 32 games for Lowen Braunschweig. Pierre, who finished his career at...
Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Dayton’s Cooke busy working out for NBA teams in advance of draft

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke, UD’s leading scorer the last two seasons, worked out with the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Cooke previously worked out with the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. His next workout will be with the Sacramento Kings. “This is the most fun I've had playing basketball in some years,” Cooke wrote...
Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Dayton’s Scoochie Smith gets third workout with NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the New York Knicks on Monday. This is the third workout for Smith, following workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks. Smith is a native of Bronx, N.Y., and has been training in New York City since graduation. He was 4-0 in his career against Fordham in the Bronx. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1...
2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

2018 recruiting update: UD offers scholarship to guard from the Bronx

Add another name to the growing list of 2018 recruits the Dayton Flyers are pursuing. Omar Silverio, a 6-foot-3 guard from St. Raymond High School for Boys in Bronx, N.Y., received a scholarship offer on Thursday, according to multiple reports. Silverio has offers from Massachusetts, Wagner and Quinnipiac, among others. According to his Twitter bio, Silverio is originally from the Dominican Republic...
Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

Dayton Flyers to play VCU twice again in 2017-18 season

The Dayton Flyers will play Virginia Commonwealth twice in the 2017-18 season, the A-10 announced Wednesday. The teams dueled for the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship last season. That was the first time they met twice on the 18-game conference schedule. The A-10 announced schedule pairings for all 14 teams Wednesday. UD will also play Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Duquesne and Saint Louis twice...
Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Dayton's Smith gets workout with second NBA team

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith will work out with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Smith previously worked out with the Toronto Raptors in May. Smith finished his Dayton career in March with 1,289 points. He played in the Portsmouth Invitational in April and graduated from UD on May 7. He’s been working on starting his own online clothing business.
Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers to sign autographs Saturday

Former Dayton Flyers Scoochie Smith and Kendall Pollard will sign autographs at Milano’s on Brown Street from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Smith and Pollard, who finished their UD careers with 102 victories in March and graduated in May, will be back in town for Reunion Weekend at the University of Dayton. Smith ranks 26th in school history with 1,289 points. Pollard ranks 34th with 1,171...
Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Ahrens decommits from Ohio State, receives offer from Dayton

Versailles High School senior Justin Ahrens received a scholarship offer from the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday, not long after announcing he was decommitting from Ohio State and reopening his recruitment. Ahrens, a 6-foot-5 forward in the class of 2018, verbally committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Aug. 27, 2016. With Thad Matta’s tenure as Ohio State’s coach ending Monday, Ahrens will...
All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

All-Ohio forward from Chillicothe to play for Dayton women

The Dayton Flyers women’s basketball team picked up a commitment from a member of the class of 2018 on Monday. Ella Skeens, a 5-foot-11 wing from Chillicothe Southeastern High School, announced her decision via Twitter. Skeens is a three-star recruit, according to ESPN’s rankings. She averaged  22.2 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game as a junior and was named the Southeast...
Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Syracuse forward transferring to Dayton women’s basketball team

Julia Chandler, a 6-foot-2 forward from Toronto, Ont., will transfer from Syracuse University to the University of Dayton, according to a source. She visited the Dayton Flyers over the weekend. Chandler averaged 2.7 points and 1.4 rebounds last season as a sophomore. She will have to sit out this season and has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Chandler announced her intention to transfer on May...
First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

First of Dayton’s 2017 recruits arrive on campus

The first members of the Dayton Flyers’ five-man 2017 recruiting class have arrived on campus. “Dayton I’m here!” Jalen Crutcher wrote Saturday on Twitter. Jordan Pierce arrived on campus last week and announced Sunday on Twitter he will wear No. 14 for the Flyers. Crutcher was the first player recruited by new coach Anthony Grant and his staff to sign with the Flyers...
UD Arena renovations are underway

UD Arena renovations are underway

The University of Dayton unveiled the first photos of renovations taking place at UD Arena, posting four photos to Twitter on Wednesday. The images show seats being removed near the court. On Thursday, UD posted a video of the scoreboard above center court being taken down. Among the upgrades coming in phase one of the three-year project are new seats in the 100 and 200 levels and a new scoreboard...
Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Scoochie Smith works out for Toronto Raptors

Former Dayton Flyers point guard Scoochie Smith worked out with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday at the BioSteel Centre in Toronto. This was the fifth day of pre-draft workouts for the Raptors. Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, North Carolina’s Nate Britt, Virginia’s Austin Nichols, Houston’s Damyean Dotson and Southeast Missouri’s Antonius Cleveland also worked out in Smith&rsquo...
Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Dayton Flyers hire former Miami University standout as director of player development

Devin Davis will join Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff as the director of player development, the University of Dayton announced Tuesday via Twitter. Davis, 42, is a native of Miami, Fla., like Grant. They both graduated from Miami Senior High School. Davis played college basketball at Miami University from 1993-97. He’s the third-leading scorer in school history with 1,828...

UD Arena removes tartan floor as part of $72M upgrade

After more than a decade of service, the old tartan floor from the UD Arena is getting prepped to be dismantled. This comes as the University of Dayton is planning several upgrades to the arena over the next few years that will total $72 million to the venue at 1801 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd. in Dayton. One last unofficial game took place today on the court, as alumni paid their last respects before...
UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

UD Arena losing a piece of its storied past

The last game on the old Tartan court at UD Arena looked nothing like the first. As part of the three-year renovation of the arena, UD is tearing out the old surface, which has been beneath the wood court since the 1985-86 season. That process starts Tuesday and will take about a month. It’s not an easy surface to remove. “It’s going to take a while to get it out and grind it out...
Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Flyer wins championship in Slovenia

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver won the league championship in his first season in Slovenia. Oliver’s team, Union Olimpija, beat Rogaska 94-78 on Wednesday to win the best-of-five series 3-1. It was Union Olimpija’s first title in eight years. Oliver had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the final game. "Honored and grateful to be apart of this organization and team,&rdquo...
Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Dayton Flyers assistant looks back on facing UD in Elite Eight

Darren Hertz arrived at the University of Dayton in April, joining new Dayton Flyers head coach Anthony Grant’s staff a little more than three years after coaching against UD in the Elite Eight. Hertz was on Billy Donovan’s staff in 2014 when top-seeded Florida beat No. 11 seed Dayton 62-52 in the South Regional final in Memphis, Tenn. Hertz looked back on that game Monday in an interview...
Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Dayton Flyers legends inducted into Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame

Two University of Dayton basketball greats were inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday in Columbus. Johnny Davis, who scored 1,562 points (1973-76), and Ann Meyers, a three-time All-American who still holds the school record for points (2,672, 1976-80), were honored during a ceremony in Columbus. This is the 12th class for the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame. The first was inducted...
Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Dayton Flyers: A glance at the 5-man recruiting class

Archie Miller always knew the 2017 recruiting class would be crucial to the Dayton Flyers. He knew they were losing four seniors who would be hard to replace. “We know it’s an important one,” Miller said last August before UD had any commitments. “I think it’s going to be one of our bigger ones.” By the time Miller left for Indiana in March, Dayton had...
Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Dayton Flyers pick up another 2017 recruit

Obadiah Toppin, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore, Md., announced his commitment to the Dayton Flyers on Tuesday via Twitter. Toppin, who’s originally from Ossining, N.Y., visited Dayton in April. He also had offers from Rhode Island, Illinois and Mississippi State. Toppin is the second recruit of the Anthony Grant era, following point guard Jalen Crutcher, and the fifth...
Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Charles Cooke to play in front of NBA scouts this week

Former Dayton Flyers guard Charles Cooke will participate in the Professional Basketball Combine at IMG Academy on Tuesday and Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla. This is a new event. Twenty two players, including Cincinnati’s Troy Caupain and Xavier’s Malcolm Bernard, will attend. Scouts from 15 teams are expected to attend. Cooke, of Trenton, N.J., played two seasons with the Flyers. He led...
Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Anthony Grant, Matt McCall, new A-10 coaches, go way back

Two new Atlantic 10 coaches know each other well and will coach against each other for the first time next season. Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant and Massachusetts coach Matt McCall, who were hired one day apart in March, worked together at the University of Florida for five seasons and were part of the program’s first national championship team in 2006. Grant was an assistant on Florida...
Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Antetokounmpo brothers travel together to Europe

Dayton Flyers forward Kostas Antetokounmpo traveled to Europe with his brother, Milwaukee Bucks start Giannis Antetokounmpo, when the school year at UD ended. Giannis has documented the trip on social media. They have worked out together in their home country, Greece, and watched their brother Thanasis play in Spain. Kostas will be a redshirt freshman in the 2017-18 season. He enrolled at UD for the...
UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

UD Arena upgrade: 10 things we learned from athletic director Neil Sullivan

Dayton Flyers Athletic Director Neil Sullivan joined WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on the Miami Valley Morning News on Monday to talk about changes coming to UD Arena. The University of Dayton announced a $72 million upgrade Thursday. Sullivan touched on numerous aspects of the plan. Here are 10 highlights: 1. Early reviews: The reaction to the UD Arena changes has been overwhelmingly positive...
Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

Family of Dayton Flyers alum receives almost $20,000 in donations

A fundraiser for the family of former Dayton Flyers guard Kyle Davis has raised $19,600 since Thursday. A GoFundMe account was started Thursday to raise money for Davis’ family, which lost its home in Chicago in a fire on April 4. The goal was to raise $11,000, and donations by 193 people helped the family surpass that goal in fewer than two days. Davis responded to the outpouring...
Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Former Dayton Flyers to team up in The Basketball Tournament

Three former Dayton Flyers need help from fans so they can team up in The Basketball Tournament, a 64-team, five-on-five, single-elimination event with a prize of $2 million for the winning team. Devin Oliver, Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre, all members of Dayton’s Elite Eight team in 2014, are playing for the Broad Street Brawlers in the Northeast Region. Nine teams from each region will be...
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