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Dayton Flyers loses to VCU in A-10 Tournament 2nd round, 77-72; Darrell Davis gets 1,000th career point

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Trey Landers recorded 19 points and 10 rebounds and Josh Cunningham added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Dayton Flyers fell to the VCU Rams 77-72 in the second round of the 2018 Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship.

Darrell Davis ends UD career with 1,008 points

Darrell Davis scored 14, while Jalen Crutcher added seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists as the Flyers closed the season 14-17 overall.


  • Dayton trailed 38-33 at the half.
  • After a slow start, the Flyers picked up their first lead of the game, 21-20 midway through the first half.
  • Yet the Flyers went on a cold spell and trailed 36-27 with 2:52 to go after going 2 of 14 from the field.


  • With the Flyers leading 70-65 VCU closed the game on a 12-2 run in the final 2:51.
  • VCU opened the second half on a 7-2 run and took a 10 point lead before the Flyers pulled within 45-40 at the 13:10 mark.
  • The teams would trade buckets for most of the second half until a Crutcher 3 gave the Flyers would take a 70-65 lead with 3:10 to go.
  • Out of the media timeout, the Rams would rally on an 8-0 run and held on for the victory.


  • Darrell Davis became the 48th Flyer to score 1,000 or more points in his Dayton career. He finishes his Flyer career with 1,008 career points.
  • Cunningham recorded his ninth double-double of the season.
  • Cunningham scored in double figures in 21 of the last 24 games.
  • Landers closed the season with six consecutive games scoring in double figures.
  • VCU shot 49 percent from the field and 8 of 27 from beyond the arc. Dayton was 47 percent from the floor, but 5 of 21 from 3 points range.
  • Dayton has lost three straight in the A-10 Championship.





Sporting News names Bearcats’ Mick Cronin National Coach of the Year



Cronin Named National Coach of the Year by the Sporting News


CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach Mick Cronin has been named the 2017-18 Sporting News Coach of the Year.


Cronin has guided the eighth-ranked Cincinnati Bearcats (27-4, 16-2 American Athletic Conference) to their first outright conference championship since 2002 and earned the top seed in this week’s American Championship at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.


The 2017-18 regular season saw the Bearcats win a nation’s best 16 consecutive games, grow their home-court win streak to a nation’s longest 39 games and climb as high as No. 5 in both national polls – all Cronin coaching era (since 2006-07) high marks.

Mick Cronin (courtesy


The Bearcats’ 16 conference wins tied for most in school history while their 27 overall victories at the end of the regular season are tied for the second most at UC.


UC ranks among the nation’s Top 25 in 11 categories entering the postseason: scoring margin (first at +18.3), field-goal percentage defense (second at .371), scoring defense (second at 57.3), win-lost percentage (fifth at .871), blocked shots per game (eighth at 5.6), rebound margin (10th at +7.7), total blocks (10th with 174), offensive rebounds per game (12th at 13.2), three-point field-goal percentage defense (14th at .310), turnover margin (18th at +3.5) and total rebounds per game (21st at 39.2).


Bearcat opponents are shooting only 37.1 percent from the field this season (second nationally), the lowest in the 12-year coaching tenure of Cronin and the lowest at UC since the 1961-62 campaign (.369). UC’s scoring defense (57.3 points allowed) is the second lowest of the Cronin era behind only the 2014-15 squad (55.8).


Cronin was named a semifinalist for the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year on Feb. 23.


The 2014 AAC Coach of the Year, Cronin was tabbed a finalist for the 2014 USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award for his efforts in helping guide the Bearcats to a share of the inaugural AAC regular-season crown with Louisville.


Cronin is one of only six coaches to take his team to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last seven years, joining Mark Few (Gonzaga), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Bill Self (Kansas) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).


Cronin owns a 332-163 career record in his 15th season overall. He is 263-139 mark in his 12th season at Cincinnati. He posted a 69-24 mark in three seasons as head coach at Murray State from 2004-2006.


The 46-year old Cronin ranks second in the nation in career wins among coaches under the age of 50.


With its victory at Wichita State on Sunday, Cincinnati earned the top seed in the 2018 Aaron’s American Championship and will play Friday, March 9 at noon ET (ESPN2/700 WLW) in Orlando, Fla., against the winner of eighth-seed UConn vs. ninth-seed SMU.


Stay connected with Cincinnati men’s basketball on Facebook (GoBearcatsMBB), Twitter (@GoBearcatsMBB) and Instagram (GoBearcatsMBB).




Wright State Raiders men’s basketball to host NCAA Selection Show this Sunday



(courtesy WSU)

The Wright State men’s basketball team will host an NCAA March Madness Selection Show party Sunday at 5:00 in the atrium of the Student Union. The public is invited to join the Raider players and coaching staff as tournament brackets are unveiled for the annual, three-week event to crown the national champion.

The pep band, and cheer and dance teams will also be on hand to celebrate, and the University Bookstore will be open for fans to purchase championship merchandise. Snacks and beverages will be provided by Chartwells and Pepsi.  Ample parking is available in front of the Student Union.

The Raiders will learn their first-round tournament opponent when the NCAA announces selections on TBS beginning at 6 p.m. First-round games will be played March 15 & 16 at sites located around the country.

Raider fans wishing to attend the NCAA Tournament run are encouraged to visit for ticket information.

For more information, follow the Raiders on Twitter (@WSURaiders) or like Wright State University Athletics on Facebook.




Wright State’s Ernsthausen named to Horizon League All-Academic Team

Junior Parker Ernsthausen of the Wright State men’s basketball team has been named to the 2018 Horizon League Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team, conference officials announced recently.

The Bowling Green native was one of five honored and graduated officially in December with a degree in Accountancy. He I s currently pursuing his master’s degree.  Ernsthausen has started all 31 games for the Raiders this year, averaging 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Parker Ernsthausen

The team is voted on by each school’s Faculty Representative.  The Horizon League recognizes student-athletes with seasonal Academic All-League Teams in each of its 19 championship sports. To be eligible for Horizon League All-Academic consideration, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.20 or higher (based on a 4.00 scale) and have completed at least one year at the member institution, having earned 24 semester-hour or 36 quarter-hour credits.

2017-18 Men’s Basketball All-Academic Team (alphabetized by school)
Aaron Brennan, IUPUI
D.J. McCall, IUPUI
Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky
Carson Williams, Northern Kentucky
Parker Ernsthausen, Wright State



Horizon League honors Wright State head coach Scott Nagy and three players

Grant Benzinger

Loudon Love

Mark Hughes













Head coach Scott Nagy and three players of the Wright State men’s basketball team received honors as the Horizon League announced its annual League awards Wednesday afternoon: Nagy was tabbed as Coach of the Year, senior Grant Benzinger was selected to the first team, Loudon Love was chosen as the Freshman of the Year and to the second team and junior Mark Hughes was voted to the Defensive Team.

“I think that the awards given out are essentially team awards for us, I think that’s how the guys look at it, and I’m sure they’re all very humbled for being honored,” Nagy said. “All three of them made tremendous contributions to our basketball team and certainly are very deserving.”

Scott Nagy

Nagy, in his second year at Wright State, led the Raiders to a 22-9 and 14-4 record as WSU finished in second place.  Nagy becomes the fourth Raider head coach to win the honor.  The 14 league wins marked a new school record for conference wins and includes two victories over regular-season champion Northern Kentucky.

Benzinger, a guard from Cincinnati (OH) Moeller High School, has led the Raiders in scoring all season and currently has a 14.6 points per game average, ranking eighth in the Horizon League.  He scored in double figures in 24 games, including his season-best 31 points at Northern Kentucky.  Benzinger, who was the Player of the Week on January 15, leads the league in free throw shooting at 89.1%, third in three-point shooting at 37.1%, fifth in minutes played at 34.4 per game as well as 18th in rebounding with an average of 4.9.

Love, a center from Geneva (IL) High School, was named the Freshman of the Week seven times this year as he led the league in rebounding at  9.7 per game and averaged 12.7 points, which ranks 15th.  He collected his career-high 19 rebounds against Milwaukee and his high of 25 points at Oakland.  He also had 12 double-double performances while starting all 31 games.  The freshman became the first WSU player to receive the Freshman of the Year honor after it was renamed from the previous Newcomer of the Year Award prior to the 2012-13 season.  As the Newcomer of the Year Award, five Raiders received the honor.

Hughes, a guard from Youngstown (OH) Ursuline High School, has led the Raiders in steals with 37, as he helped the Raiders rank second in team defense in the Horizon League.  He is the seventh Raider to appear on the Defensive Team since 2007.  Hughes also averaged 10.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while hitting 57 three pointers.

Player of the Year: Kendrick Nunn, Oakland

Coach of the Year: Scott Nagy, Wright State

Freshman of the Year: Loudon Love, Wright State

Sixth Man of the Year: Godwin Boahen, UIC

Defensive Player of the Year: Tai Odiase, UIC


All-League First Team (alphabetical by school)

Khalil Small, Green Bay

Drew McDonald, Northern Kentucky

Jalen Hayes, Oakland

Kendrick Nunn, Oakland

Grant Benzinger, Wright State


All-League Second Team (alphabetical by school)

Kameron Chatman, Detroit Mercy

Jeremiah Bell, Milwaukee

Lavone Holland II, Northern Kentucky

Loudon Love, Wright State

Cameron Morse, Youngstown State


All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)

Tyree Appleby, Cleveland State

Jermaine Jackson Jr., Detroit Mercy

Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky

Loudon Love, Wright State

Naz Bohannon, Youngstown State


All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

Khalil Small, Green Bay

Jalen Tate, Northern Kentucky

Martez Walker, Oakland

Tai Odiase, UIC

Mark Hughes, Wright State



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