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Dayton Flyers hosts St. Louis Billikens in battle of 3rd and 4th place teams in Atlantic 10












DAYTON -- The University of Dayton Flyers return home Saturday when they host the Saint Louis Billikens.  Game time is 4 p.m. ET.  Dayton is 17-9 this season, and is in third place (tied with George Mason) in the A-10 with a 9-4 record.  SLU is 17-9 and 8-5.  The Billikens took the first meeting between the two teams 73-60 in St. Louis on Feb. 6.  That is the only one of UD’s last five defeats that was decided by five points or less.  UD’s losses are to teams with a combined record of 167-70 (.705 winning percentage).


The game will carried by WHIO Radio, and televised on the CBS Sports Network.  Streaming audio, streaming video and stats will be available at



The University of Dayton is past the halfway point of a $72 million renovation of its Arena. The transformation of University of Dayton Arena will occur in three phases – from 2017 to 2019.

Phase II included new entrances on three of the four sides, a new box office, new seats in the 300 and 400 levels on the east side and a new and expanded concourse on the east side.



•        Josh Cunningham’s free throw with 2.2 seconds left lifted Dayton to a 74-73 win at Davidson on Tuesday, snapping the Wildcats’ 17-game home court winning streak.

•        Obi Toppin is third in the nation in field goal percentage, behind Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke and Duke’s Zion Willliamson.  Toppin is shooting .673 (153-226) for the year.

•        Toppin’s 65 dunks are two away from the UD single-season record set by Chris Wright in 2009-10.  The 65 dunks are also third in D-I this season, eight behind Daniel Gafford of Arkansas, and one behind Texas’ Jaxon Hayes.

•        Cunningham is 12th in FG% (.628, 130-207).   No other team has two in the top 20, and only one other (Gonzaga) has 2 in the top 25.

•        Dayton is fourth in the NCAA (behind Gonzaga, Tennessee and South Dakota State) and leads the Atlantic 10 in FG% (.502, 721-1436).  UD shot .633 (31-49) at Rhode Island.

•        The Flyers have found themselves behind 10 points or more and battled back to take a lead in seven games this year.  The have come back from double-digit second-half deficits to win three times (at GW, at SBU and Duquesne at home) this year.

•        Jalen Crutcher is second in the A-10 in assists (5.7). He is only one of two players in the A-10’s top ten in assists, assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3), 3-pt. FG per game (8th, 2.2),  and minutes (8th, 36.1).  Richmond’s Jacob Gilyard is the other.

•        The Flyers matched last year’s win total (14) before Feb. 1.

•        The Final Five Dayton’s home games have been declared sellouts.  That gives the Flyers eight for the season, tying the UD Arena record, set in the Arena’s first year (1969-70).



•        The Flyers play at UMass Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

•        Dayton’s next game at home is Friday, March 1 against Rhode Island at 7 p.m. ET.



VCU A-10 11 – 2 Pct. .846 | Overall 20 – 6 Pct. .769
Davidson A-10 11 – 3 Pct. .786 | Overall 20 – 7 Pct. .741
Dayton A-10 9 – 4 Pct. .692 | Overall 17 – 9 Pct. .654
George Mason A-10 9 – 4 Pct. .692 | Overall 15 – 11 Pct. .577
Duquesne A-10 8 – 5 Pct. .615 | Overall 17 – 9 Pct. .654
Saint Louis A-10 8 – 5 Pct. .615 | Overall 17 – 9 Pct. .654
St. Bonaventure A-10 8 – 5 Pct. .615 | Overall 12 – 14 Pct. .462
La Salle A-10 6 – 7 Pct. .462 | Overall 8 – 17 Pct. .320
Richmond A-10 5 – 8 Pct. .385 | Overall 11 – 15 Pct. .423
Rhode Island A-10 5 – 9 Pct. .357 | Overall 12 – 14 Pct. .462
Saint Joseph’s A-10 4 – 9 Pct. .308 | Overall 11 – 15 Pct. .423
George Washington A-10 4 – 9 Pct. .308 | Overall 8 – 18 Pct. .308
Fordham A-10 2 – 11 Pct. .154 | Overall 11 – 15 Pct. .423
UMass A-10 2 – 11 Pct. .154 | Overall 9 – 17 Pct. .346




Hot teams faceoff today in Horizon League: Wright State, winners 9 of last 10 hosts Youngstown State, 6 of last 7 at 3:00











Two of the hottest teams in the Horizon League will meet Saturday afternoon at the WSU Nutter Center as the Wright State men will host Youngstown State at 3:00 PM.  The Raiders have won nine of its last ten games while the Penguins have won six of their last seven contests.  Chris Collins and Jim Brown will have the call on Big 106.5 FM/iHeart and on ESPN3.

Wright State
The Raiders, 17-11 and 11-4, have won its last five games and nine of the last 10 games, including three straight while scoring 80 or more points.  Wright State has outscored its opponents 77.1-67.0 and outrebounded them 34.7-29.7 during this recent 10-game stretch.  Loudon Love has averaged 17.0 points, almost two points better than his season average.  Over the last three games, the Raiders have averaged over 5,300 fans.

Wright State is coming off an 87-61 win over Cleveland State Thursday night as five Raiders ended in double-figure scoring, led by Wampler at 16 and Parker Ernsthausen’s season-high 14 points.  Point guard Cole Gentry had a career-high seven rebounds and seven assists with eight points.  WSU’s defense held the Vikings to just 23 points in the second half while scoring 22 points off the CSU turnovers.

Love and Wampler lead the Raiders at 15.0 and 15.1 points per game with Gentry at 12.4 points.  Love holds an 8.3 rebounds per game average while Gentry is closing in on a 100-assist season, needing just three.  WSU is now 13-2 at home.

The Raiders lead the overall series 46-12 against Youngstown State as WSU won 80-74 on Jan. 17, and have won four straight matchups.  Malachi Smith had a career-high game with 17 points and nine rebounds while Wampler added 17 as well in that game.  Youngstown native Mark Hughes ended with 16 points, and Love chipped in 15 points and seven boards.  Wright State trailed 45-38 at half but came back strong in the second 20 minutes to outscore YSU 42-29 for the win.

Youngstown State
The Penguins, 12-17 and 8-8, won six straight until falling at NKU Thursday night 76-69.  In that game, YSU was up 64-63 with three minutes remaining until the Norse outscored them 13-5 to end the game.  Sophomore Naz Bohannon posted a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds with four assists. Sophomore Garrett Covington scored 13 points while junior Devin Morgan added 10 points.

Freshman Darius Quisenberry, a native of nearby Springfield, OH and graduate of Wayne High School, top YSU in scoring at 13.2 while hitting 46 threes from three.  Covington holds an average of 10.8 while Bohannon grabs 8.5 rebounds a game.  As a team, Youngstown State averages 75.8 points, including six games of 90 points or better.  YSU is 5-9 in road games this season.

Senior Day
The Raiders will honor its four seniors–Parker ErnsthausenMark HughesAlan Vest and Adam Giles–after the game Saturday.

Next Up
The Raiders end the regular season with games at Green Bay next Thursday and at Milwaukee next Saturday.  The Horizon League Tournament starts March 5/6 as the top four seeds will host quarterfinals games.  If WSU hosts, the game will be played on March 5.

For ticket information, click here or call 937-775-4934.

Horizon League Standings as of 2/22/19

School Name Conf Overall Streak
Northern Kentucky 11-4 21-7 W1
Wright State 11-4 17-11 W5
Green Bay 8-6 14-13 W2
UIC 8-6 14-13 L1
Oakland 8-7 12-16 W1
Youngstown State 8-8 12-17 L1
Detroit Mercy 7-8 10-17 L1
IUPUI 6-8 14-13 L4
Milwaukee 4-10 9-18 L7
Cleveland State 3-13 8-21 L1

Friday: IUPUI at Milwaukee, UIC at Green Bay
Saturday: Youngstown State at Wright State, Cleveland State at Northern Kentucky, Detroit Mercy at Oakland
Sunday: UIC at Milwaukee, IUPUI at Milwaukee
Follow the Raiders
Fans can listen to Chris Collins and Jim Brown make the call of each game on Big 106.5 FM and the iHeart App.  The iHeart app is easy to download and use.  Just go to the App Store for Android or iPhones and select the iHeart App for free.  Once it’s downloaded, you can search and bookmark Big 106.5 for the games and WONE 980 AM for the shows.  It’s that simple, and you won’t miss a minute of the action.  Visit for the latest news and information on the men’s basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets by searching ‘@WSU_MBB’ on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Matt Sauk named as Columbus Destroyers head coach





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Matt Sauk Destroyers head coach (photo by Alexandra Brown)

Columbus, Ohio – The Arena Football League have announced the Columbus Destroyers as the official name of the new team in Columbus, Ohio, the most recent addition to the League. Also announced was former AFL player and coach, Matthew Sauk, as the Destroyers’ head coach. The Destroyers will begin play in April at the start of the 2019 AFL season.

The Destroyers return in a big way to Columbus, Ohio, in 2019 after having built a strong history in its five years as the Columbus Destroyers from 2004-2008, when it averaged over 14,000 fans per game. Upon the AFL’s initial announcement in early February of the return of a team in Columbus, Ohio, the national reaction showed excitement and promise for the future of the League.

Matthew Sauk adds to this excitement after being named the head coach for the Columbus Destroyers. Sauk was a quarterback in the AFL until 2008, when he began his coaching career. He was the offensive coordinator for the AFL’s Utah Blaze from 2011 to 2013, and was the head coach of the Portland Thunder in 2014. Sauk returns to the AFL after most recently coaching an IFL team in 2017, and brings extensive experience that sets him up well for success in Columbus.

His head coaching record is as follows:

Regular season: 5–15 (.250)
Postseason: 0–1 (.000)
Career: 5–16 (.238)

The 42-year-old Sauk played his college football at Utah State University. Sauk started for two years, earning 2nd Team All-Big West Conference in 1997, while leading the Aggies to the 1997 Humanitarian Bowl.



Arena Football League brings back Columbus in expansion move





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New Team to Begin Play at Nationwide Arena in Spring 2019


Columbus, Ohio – The Arena Football League (AFL) officially announces that it is launching a team in Columbus, Ohio, to begin play in Spring of 2019. The team will play its home games at Nationwide Arena, and will play a total of 12 games during the regular season.


Previously during its five years as the Columbus Destroyers (2004-2008), the team established a rich history and a loyal fan base averaging over 14,000 fans per game. Beyond its attraction to fans, the team received widespread support from the surrounding business community.


“This is a banner day for the Arena Football League, with the return of one of the League’s most attractive markets that has proven to be comprised of loyal fans,” said Ron Jaworski, the AFL chairman of the executive committee. “We are going to deliver an AFL team that will immediately excite and draw in the people of Columbus.”


A main highlight of the previous team’s history in Columbus includes a trip to the ArenaBowl in 2007, when the team was led by quarterback Matt Nagy, now Head Coach of the Chicago Bears, who was recently named the 2018 NFL Coach of the Year.


“We’re very pleased to launch a team in a great market like Columbus,” said AFL Commissioner Randall Boe. “The League’s plan was to expand to six teams for the 2019 season, and the addition of the Columbus team accomplishes that goal. We’re looking forward to a great season of AFL football both in Columbus and across the League.”


The team re-joins the League at a time when new and high-tech innovations are implemented, keeping the League as one that is future-oriented.


“We are thrilled to welcome Columbus to the Arena Football League, a league that is poised for significant growth and is uniquely positioned to deliver a more exciting, engaging football game with opportunities for betting, gaming and fantasy integration,” said Ted Leonsis, Chairman and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and owner of the AFL Baltimore Brigade and Washington Valor.


Adds Stewart Anmuth, chair of the expansion committee, “This is just the beginning for the League. We’re excited about the League’s continued growth and are confident about its direction moving forward in the coming years.”


The addition of this team to the Arena Football League in a market as strong as Columbus enables the League to continue to grow, as the team is expected to play high-quality football that is competitive, engaging and fun for all in attendance.


“We are overjoyed that the Arena Football League has chosen Columbus and Nationwide Arena as their new home,” said Mike Gatto, General Manager of Nationwide Arena. “The AFL will add excitement to the Arena District starting this spring. We look forward to hosting their uniquely fast-paced, exciting and fan-centric games!”


The team name will be announced in the coming weeks, as will announcements regarding coaching staff.  Additionally, the League will release its official 2019 schedule next week.


Season ticket plans are on sale now. To become a season ticket holder, fans may go to and place a deposit. Seating preferences will be determined by the order in which deposits are received.


Fans can follow the Columbus team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @AFLColumbus).


About the Arena Football League

The Arena Football League enters its 32nd season in 2019. Since its inception in 1987, the AFL showcases a fast-paced, exciting game to millions of fans in a myriad of markets. With the addition of two new teams in Atlantic City, N.J., and Columbus, O.H., the League totals six teams for 2019: Albany, Atlantic City, Columbus, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Each team will play 12 regular-season games in 2019. One can find the League on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook using the handle @OfficialAFL.


About Nationwide Arena

Nationwide Arena is a multipurpose arena, built in 2002, and is home to the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets and some of the biggest concerts in the world. Named one of the best arenas in the NHL, the facility opened to great fanfare in September of 2000, and has since hosted the NHL All-Star Game; regular season and playoff hockey; NCAA championships; local, regional and national conferences; and a multitude of concerts and other touring events.


Columbus Destroyers announce 2019 Schedule




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