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Kendall Pollard Leads The Flyers With 20 Points
Posted by Carmen Rodriguez
December 12, 2015

DAYTON, Ohio- The Dayton Flyers fell to the Chattanooga Mocs 61-59 on Saturday night at UD Arena. The loss snaps Dayton’s 26 game home win streak. It was the Flyers’ first loss at home since being defeated by St. Joseph’s 60-57 on Jan. 29, 2014.
1st Half
  • Dayton led 8-6 with 13:44 to play in the first half, but Chattanooga responded with a three point basket to take the lead.
  • The Flyers never held a lead for the rest of the first half.
  • Both teams struggled offensively early in the first half, as neither team reached double digits until Chattanooga took an 11-8 lead with 11:15 remaining in the half.
  • The Mocs led 27-19 with 5:31 to play in the first half, which turned out to be their largest lead of the game.
  • Dayton went on a 5-0 run at the end of the half, but a Chattanooga basket allowed the Mocs to take a 29-24 going into the break.
2nd Half
  • Early in the second half, the Flyers went on a 13-2 run to take a 37-31 lead.
  • The run was sparked by Kyle Davis who scored seven points in the first four minutes of the second half.
  • Chattanooga came back from this deficit with two quick three point baskets to tie the game 46-46 with less than nine minutes to play.
  • The Mocs took a 55-53 lead with 3:46 to play, when Greg Pryor made his three point attempt.
  • The away team extended their lead to 59-55, but a layup by Charles Cooke brought the Flyers within two.
  • Moments later, Cooke converted a free throw to bring the Flyers within one, 59-58.
  • With just 31 seconds to play, Kendall Pollard tied the game at 59-59 on a free throw.
  • Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor was fouled going to the basket with five seconds left, and he converted two free throws to seal the game for the Mocs.
  • Kendall Pollard led the home team with 20 points.
  • Kyle Davis added 10 points.
  • Steve McElvene recorded six points, seven rebounds and a career-high five blocks.
  • Scoochie Smith had nine points and seven assists.
  • Leading scorer Charles Cooke was held to seven points, but he had six rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots.
  • Dayton was held scoreless in the first half for more than four minutes.
  • Chattanooga had 22 bench points overall, compared to the home team’s seven.
  • The Flyers made just one three-point basket in the first half.
  • Dayton shot 50% from the floor, but just 23% from the three point line.
  • UD shot 26 free throws, but finished the game 14 of 26 (54%) from the free throw line.
  • Chattanooga shot 47% from the three point line during the game.
  • UTC outrebounded the Flyers 33-30.
  • Chattanooga’s Greg Pryor led the Mocs with 15 points.
  • Nine Chattanooga players scored in the game
After exam week, Dayton will host the Furman Paladins on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7:00 p.m.
By Bane Rossi
January 2015

DAYTON – Four Flyers scored in double-figures to lead the University of Dayton over the Ole Miss Rebels 78-74 Tuesday night at UD Arena. With the victory, Dayton improves to 10-2 while Ole Miss drops to 8-4. Dayton finished the non-conference portion of their schedule with at least 10 wins for the ninth consecutive season.

Jordan Sibert led UD with 20 points while Dyshawn Pierre added 16 points and six rebounds. Kendall Pollard tallied 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and corralled six rebounds. Kyle Davis scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.  Davis also hauled in a career-high seven rebounds. 

Jordan Sibert



Darrell Davis scored nine points on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. He is 10-of-10 from the three over the last three games.

The Flyers had a slow shooting start, connecting on just five of their first 14 shots but managed a 13-10 lead after a Pierre lay-up with 12:55 left in the first half. Dayton pushed the lead out to 16-10 after a D Davis three with 12:32 until halftime as Ole Miss called time-out to regroup.

With UD leading 18-13 with 9:57 remaining until half, Kyle Davis poured in back-to-back three-pointers to spark an 18-7 run over the span of five minutes and 25 seconds, that was capped off by a Darrell Davis three, to give UD a 36-20 lead with 5:08 left until halftime.

Ole Miss finished the half on a 12-5 run as the Flyers led 41-32 as both teams headed to the locker room.

Pollard provided a highlight reel tip-in slam with 12:23 left after a miss by Ryan Bass to give UD a 51-42 lead.  Pollard then swatted a M.J. Rhett jumper out of bounds on the ensuing Ole Miss possession.

The Rebels would come no closer than seven points in the second half until the score was 56-50 after a three-pointer by Jarvis Summers with 9:12 left in the game.

After a free throw by Pollard pushed the Dayton lead to 76-66 with 1:21 remaining, Summers buried a three and then LaDarius White had a dunk to cut UD’s lead to just five (76-71) with 27 seconds left. After a Sibert free throw, White made a three to narrow the gap to just three points at 77-74 with 16 seconds left. Pierre made 1-of-2 free throws for UD with 14 seconds left to secure the victory.

The Flyers have now won 12 straight at home.  In addition, UD has won nine of its last 11 games against SEC opponents dating back to 2010.

Dayton is back in action in the Atlantic 10 opener on Saturday as the Flyers take on the Duquesne Dukes. Tip-off from UD Arena is scheduled for 1 pm ET, and the game can be viewed nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Senior Punter Honored For Second Time In Three Weeks
Posted by Doc McElroy

University of Dayton senior punter Kyle Pignatiello has been named Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in Dayton’s 19-14 win over Campbell in the season finale on Saturday.

Pignatiello averaged 44.3 yards per punt on six attempts. Four of his punts were inside the opponent 20-yard-line, and literally saved the best for last. 

Kyle Pignatiello (courtesy Dayton)






With Dayton leading by less than a touchdown, 19-16, and just 40 seconds left in the game, the Flyers were forced to punt from their own 11-yard-line.  Pignatiello flipped the field on the Camels, launching a career-best 74-yard punt.  The game-changing boot was the sixth-longest in school history and the best in the PFL this season.

A graduate of Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio, Pignatiello is third in the PFL in punting average, at 39.8 yards per punt.  That is the best season average by a Dayton non-scholarship player.  In 174 career punts, he has only 13 touchbacks.
Dayton finished the season 8-3, the team’s most wins in four years.  The Flyers were also 6-2 in the PFL which tied them for second in the league.
Press Release written by Doug Hauschild; courtesy Dayton Athletics

Dayton loses first game of season to Duquesne, 33-13
Posted by Gary “Kid” Gulliver
September 2014
Flyers Fall To 1-1 In 2014

PITTSBURGH — The Duquesne Dukes used a 20-point second quarter to take control of the game en route to a 33-13 win over the University of Dayton Flyers Saturday in Pittsburgh.

After each team scored a field goal in the first quarter, Duquesne scored three times in the second quarter to take a 23-6 lead into the locker room.  On the first play of the second quarter, Ryan Ho scored from four yards out to make it 9-3. UD cut it to 9-6 on a William Will 47-yard field goal on the next possession.

Duquesne then used two long scoring plays with their offense on the sideline to score the other 14 points of the half.  Malik Shegog intercepted a Will Bardo pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown for a 16-6 DU advantage. The Dukes then forced the Flyers to punt and Devin Rahming returned the kick a Duquesne record 84 yards for a touchdown.

UD took the second half kickoff, and with redshirt freshman Blake Bir at the controls, drove 75 yards in 10 plays. Connor Kacsor ran it in from seven yards out to make the score 23-13.  But the Duke offense got into the big play act early with its third 50-plus yard play of the day as Dillon Buechel connected with Noel Oduho for a 58-yard touchdown.

DU’s Austin Crimmins ended the games scoring with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter with a 33-yard field goal.

Kacsor was the game’s top ground gainer with 20 carries for 84 yards and UD’s only TD.  Flyer linebacker Christopher Beaschler led Dayton in tackles for the second straight week with 10, including six solo.  Cornerback Cameron Stubbs had an interception and a pass breakup, and Zach Elias recovered a fumble.

The UD kicking game continued to be a strength, Will hit two more field attempts from 38 and 49 yards out.  Punter Kyle Pignatiello averaged over 40 yards for the second straight week, punting six times for a 42.5 average.
Flyer Junior Leads Five UD Players In Double Figures
Posted by Serena Bradley
Saturday, March 1, 2014
DAYTON — The University Dayton Flyers used a balanced scoring attack and overcame a late charge to defeat the Massachusetts Minutemen 86-79. The Flyers had five players reach double figures and were led in scoring by Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre with 23 and 16 points respectively. Sibert’s 23 points tied a career-high.
With the win, UD improves to 20-9 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic 10.  It is the 10th time since 2000 that the Flyers have reached 20 wins in a season.  UMass falls to 22-6, and 9-5 in the A-10.
Dayton’s Vee Sanford, Devin Oliver and Khari Price joined Sibert and Pierre in double digits.  Sanford had 15 points and six rebounds off the bench.  Oliver missed his third double-double in the last four games by one rebound (11 points, nine rebounds, 6-6 FT, four assists vs. one turnover).  After scoring just three points over the last three games, Price added 10 with five assists. 

Jordan Sibert

Dayton is now 10-0 when scoring 80 or more points and 4-0 when five or more players reach double figures.
Trey Davis came off the bench to lead the Minutemen with 19 points.
After exchanging a flurry of baskets with the Minutemen for the first four minutes of play, the Flyers took the lead at the first media break, 11-8 following Devin Oliver’s three-point basket.
Massachusetts then went on 6-2 run in the next four minutes to take a 14-13 lead with 11:46 remaining in the first half.
The contest stayed close at the 7:59 media break, with Massachusetts holding a 23-21 lead.
Massachusetts extended their lead behind two long-range threes from Davis to make the score 33-26. Sibert cut the lead to four with a three, before a Minutemen bucket by Cady Lalanne brought the lead to six, 35-29 with four minutes remaining in the first half.
A Pierre free throw and a Jalen Robinson basket cut the lead to three, 35-32. UMass hustled down the court, and Derek Gordon’s uncontested layup pushed the lead back up to five with 1:35 to go.
Another Robinson basket brought the Flyers to within three again, with just over a minute to go. A strong defensive possession resulted in a fast-break layup for Sanford to cut the lead to one, 37-36.
The score stayed at 37-36 going into halftime, despite UMass shooting over 53% from the floor. Pierre was the leading scorer for the Flyers at the half. He scored 11 points in the first half of action.
The Flyers began the second half of action with a 9-0 run, starting with Sibert’s three-point basket to give the Flyers a 39-37 lead.
It was a lead Dayton would not surrender.  Every time the Minutemen made it a one-possession game, the Flyers scored on the next trip down the floor.  The most critical run of play when UMass got to within three, 49-46, with 14:20 left.  UD came up with three offensive rebounds before Robinson tipped in a basket off of Pierre’s missed layup.
However, Derek Gordon finished with a lay-up on the other end to return Dayton’s lead at three.
But Sanford finished a lay-up on the next Dayton possession and was fouled on the play. He finished the three-point play to extend
the Flyers lead to six at the media break with 11:54 remaining in the game.
After the break, Sibert picked up a loose ball and threw down an emphatic dunk to bring the crowd to their feet.
An easy lay-up by Matt Kavanaugh on an assist from Price brought the Flyers lead to seven, 58-51 with 10:15 to play in the game.
On the next Dayton possession, Pierre was fouled on his lay-up attempt, and he converted one of two free throws to extend the lead to eight.
A pair of free throws by Chaz Williams brought the lead back to six, 59-53.
A UMass turnover resulted in a fast break that finished with Pierre’s reverse slam dunk, which brought the lead back up to eight, 61-53.
A jumper by Raphiael Putney cut the lead to six with 7:36 remaining in the contest. Putney was fouled on the jumper and completed the three-point play to cut the lead to five, 61-56.
Oliver converted two free throws on the offensive end to extend the lead to seven, 63-56. A pair of missed free throws by Davis resulted in another offensive possession for Dayton.
Price was able to convert on his three-point attempt to give the Flyers a 66-56 advantage, their largest lead of the game up until this point in the contest.
Oliver converted on another pair of free throws to give the Flyers a 68-56 lead with 5:40 remaining in the game. On the other end, Williams converted a pair of free throws to bring the lead back down to ten.
Williams went to the line again on the next UMass possession and was able to convert another pair of free throws.
With time running out, UMass stepped up the full-court pressure, and Price was able to break the pressure to find Sibert wide open in the corner for his fourth three-pointer of the contest.
Entering the final media timeout, Dayton led 75-67 with 2:53 remaining in the game. A pair of Maxie Esho free throws cut the lead to six. A Dayton turnover resulted in a Massachusetts fast break. Williams was fouled on his lay-up attempt and made one out of his two free throws to cut the lead to five, 75-70 with 2:15 remaining.
Sanford’s runner brought the lead back to seven with just over 2:00 to go in the game. On Massachusetts’s next possession, Derek Gordon converted one of his two free throws to make the score 77-71.
Sanford converted a free throw on Dayton’s offensive possession to bring the lead back to seven. Price was fouled on the next possession and made a free throw to give the Flyers a 79-71 lead with 1:40 remaining.
The Minutemen extended their full-court pressure, and this led to a Williams lay-up to cut the lead to four, 79-75 with just under a minute to play. Jalen Robinson converted a free throw to bring the lead to five, before Williams’ lay-up cut the lead to three with 40 seconds to play.
The Flyers were able to break the full court pressure when Price hit two free throws with 28 seconds left to give the Flyers an 82-77 advantage. A lose ball turnover by the Minutemen gave the Flyers another offensive possession.
Sanford was fouled on the inbounds pass, and made one of two free throws to give the Flyers an 83-77 lead. The Minutemen would not give up, as Williams raced down the court for another basket to cut the lead to four with 11 seconds to play.
However, the late charge would not be enough as the Flyers were able to make their shots from the foul line. Oliver converted two free throws and Price added a free throw in the final seconds to seal the 86-79 win.
Dayton is back in action on Wednesday, traveling to St. Louis to face No. 10 Saint Louis.  Game time is 9:00 p.m. ET.
Posted by Chris Coopersmith
January 16, 2014
BRONX, N.Y. – Devin Oliver tallied 16 points and nine rebounds and Vee Sanford scored 16 off the bench to lead the Dayton Flyers to an 80-68 road win over the Fordham Rams. 

Khari Price scored 15 points and Dyshawn Pierre added 10 points and six rebounds as the Flyers bettered its record to 13-4 overall and 1-1 in the Atlantic 10.

Offensive balance continues to be the theme this year as the Flyers improved to 9-0 when four or more players score in double figures.

Dayton shot the ball well connecting on 57 percent of its field goal attempts and 7-of-14 from beyond the arc.

UD was ahead 39-36 at halftime before zipping out on an 8-0 run to start the second half. The Flyers hit five of their first six second half three-point attempts and eventually built the lead to double digits.

Defensively, Dayton held Fordham’s Jon Severe, the A-10 leader in scoring, to 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting from the floor. The Rams shot just 22 percent from beyond the arc.

The Flyers have now won eight straight against Fordham and 13 of the last 14 meetings. Fordham dropped to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the A-10.

Dayton will wrap up the two-game road swing against the Richmond Spiders on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET.

UD improved to 8-0 on the year when scoring 80 or more points in a game…the Flyers continued their strong play on the road this season improving to 5-2 away from UD Arena…the win over Fordham was also Head Coach Archie Miller’s 50th career victory at Dayton.

Posted by Chris Coopersmith
January 22, 2014

DAYTON — The University of Dayton Flyers fell to the VCU Rams at home Wednesday by a score of 80-66 in front of 12,152 fans. UD was led in scoring by Devin Oliver who finished with 21 points.

Dayton falls to 13-6 on the year, and 1-3 in the Atlantic-10. VCU improved to 15-4 on the season and 3-1 in the conference.

Dayton battled early on, trading the lead five times before VCU went on a 16-4 run to go ahead by 12 points with about four minutes to play in the first half. VCU took a 36-27 lead into halftime.

In the second half, UD pulled within five points, but could not fully get back in the game. VCU eventually took its largest lead of the day, 20 points with about six minutes left to play, and finished with the 80-66 victory.

In addition to Oliver, Dyshawn Pierre ended the day with 14 points and six rebounds. As a team, UD shot 47 percent from the field, and 50 percent from three. Dayton also out rebounded the Rams 34-30.

The VCU defense came into the game as the nation’s top team in steals, averaging 12.7 steals a game. The Rams only had six turnovers, but still harassed the Flyers into 18 turnovers (matching a season worst). VCU had 28 points off turnovers, versus seven for Dayton. In the first half, the tally was 16-2.

The Rams were led in scoring by Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic, who both had 18 points.

Dayton now goes back on the road for a weekend matchup against the Rhode Island Rams on Saturday, January 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET








By Gary “Kid” Gulliver

Monday, November 26, 2012


DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton baseball program announced the addition of 11 new players for the 2014 season as part of early signing day.

The Flyers are coming off a 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and hope to keep the momentum going in the next few years.  Head coach Tony Vittorio and his staff have added 11 new players in hopes of continuing the excellence of Dayton baseball on and off the field.

“All 11 of these student athletes exemplify what a University of Dayton baseball player stands for in the classroom, community, and on the baseball field.”

“Overall, this is one of the best high school recruiting classes that we have had for our baseball program at the University of Dayton,” said Vittorio.  “Eric Ashbrook, Brad Burkhart, Mark Gielser, Aaron Glatt, Jason Johnson, Carter Langdon, Chad Phenis, Joe Ramstetter, and Cameron Richey provide great depth to our pitching staff and also all have a chance to compete right away.  Matt Poland is a very good catch-and-throw guy with the ability to make an impact immediately.  Also, Justin Wampler and Burkhart provide great foot speed to our program.  Burkhart, Langdon, and Richey each have an opportunity to be dual players.”

The following players have commited to the Dayton baseball program in 2014:

Eric Ashbrook
Eric is a right-handed pitcher from Mt. Vernon High School in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Last season, Ashbrook pitched 17 innings with a 2-1 record, 18 strikeouts, and a 2.06 ERA. He plays his summer ball for Ohio Elite.

Brad Burkhart
Brad is a right-handed pitcher/outfielder from LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Last season, Burkhart hit for a .338 average with 18 RBIs, seven doubles, and three triples.  As a junior, he was named first team Greater Catholic League and received the Father Chuck Mentrup Leadership Award. He also plays for the Cinncinnati Flames during the summer where he threw 22 1/3 innings with a 2.51 ERA and a 3-1 record last year.

Mark Giesler
Mark is a right-handed pitcher from Jasper High School in Jasper, Ind.  While competing with the Indiana Bulls in summer ball, Giesler threw 45 innings and posted a 4-2 record, 38 strikeouts, and a 1.71 ERA.  He was also named Big 8 All-Conference and Indiana High School 3A Honorable Mention All-State with Jasper.

Aaron Glatt
Aaron played for Lake Central High School in Saint John, Ind. where he was a standout right-handed pitcher.  With Lake Central, Glatt helped his team win the 4A State Championship as they went 32-1 on the year. Individually, Glatt threw eight innings with a 1-0 record, seven strikeouts, and a 3.50 ERA.  He spent this last summer playing for Triple Crown Elite where he threw 51 innings and struck out 58 batters, while posting a 5-1 record and a 1.78 ERA.

Jason Johnson
Jason is a right-handed pitcher from Jerome High School in Dublin, Ohio.  There, Johnson was named All-OCC Cardinal Division and posted a 4-4 record.  In 41 innings of work, he recorded 39 strikeouts and a 3.27 ERA.

Carter Langdon
Carter is another utility player for Dayton, playing both infield and pitching.  The righty hails from Tippecanoe High School in Ohio.  Langdon was named Central Buckeye Conference Player of the Year, first team All-District pitcher and second team All-Ohio pitcher. He threw 58 innings with a 9-1 record, 51 strikeouts and a 1.08 ERA.  On the offensive side of the field, Langdon hit for a .368 average with 27 RBIs and nine doubles. He played summer league for the Dayton Classics.

Chad Phenis
Chad is a right-handed pitcher out of Centerville High School in Centerville, Ind.  Last season, Phenis tossed 47 innings with a 2.94 ERA and 90 strikeouts.  The 90 k’s was a school record, and Phenis had another with 17 strikeouts in a single game.  He also plays for the Dayton Classics.

Matt Poland
Matt will join Dayton out of Pinkergton North High School in Pinkergton, Ohio.  With the Columbus Cobras, Poland was named team captain and Defensive Player of the Year.  As a catcher, Poland threw out 8 of 12 runners and picked off four more.  He also batted .391 with 20 RBIs and 11 doubles.

Joe Ramstetter
Joe is a right-handed pitcher from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  There he totaled 28 innings pitched with a 2-4 record, 32 k’s, and a 3.24 ERA.  While playing with the Cincinnati Flames, Ramstetter had 31 strikeouts in 25 innings of work.

Cameron Richey
Cameron is a right-handed pitcher and infielder from Zionsville, Ind. At Zionsville High School, Richey racked up six k’s and a 3.24 ERA in five innings on the mound, while batting .232 with 10 RBIs.  In summer ball with the Indiana Bulls, Richey batted .304 with a 2-1 record on the mound.

Justin Wampler

Justin will play outfield for the Flyers after playing at Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Wampler helped his team win the Ohio State Championship by hitting for a .250 average and stealing five bases.  While playing for the Cincinnati Flames, he hit for a .385 average and stole 20 bases last season.






By Gary “Kid” Gulliver

Monday, November 26, 2012
The University of Dayton’s women’s basketball coach Jim Jabir has announced three players signed National Letters of Intent as part of the Flyers’ 2013-2014 Flyer recruiting class.

Andrijana Cvitkovic (Culver, IN), Celeste Edwards (Indianapolis, IN) and Christy Macioce (Pickerington, OH) are the newest members of the Flyer women’s basketball program.

“I am very pleased to bring in the class we have coming in 2013,” said Jabir. Between the three recruits, he describes the incoming class as bringing a “strong work ethic,” “good skill set,” and ‘high basketball I.Q.’ to the team.”







By Gary “Kid” Gulliver

Monday, November 25, 2012



The University of Dayton women’s basketball team won the Dayton Flyer Marriott Classic with a dominant 105-42 victory over the Eastern Illinois Panthers Sunday afternoon at UD Arena. The No. 24/25-ranked Flyers improved their record to 6-0. Eastern Illinois dropped to 2-3.
Freshman Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova led five Flyers in double-figures with a career-high 21 points on a perfect 9-of-9 shooting. Tournament MVP Sophomore Ally Malott added a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Senior Sam Mackay chipped in a complete game of 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, six rebounds and five assists. 

Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova

Freshman Amber Deane tallied 12 points, a career-high seven assists and five rebounds. Sophomore Andrea Hoover was the other Flyer in double-figures with 10 points and five assists. Freshman Kelley Austria also had a career-high six assists to go along with seven points.
Malott was joined on the Dayton Marriott Classic All-Tournament Team by Cornelie-Sigmundova and Austria.
UD led throughout the entire game and scored a season-high for points in a half with 56 points in the first half. UD shot an outstanding 67.2% (45-of-67) from the field, including 80% (24-of-30) in the first half. The Flyers owned the glass, outrebounding Eastern Illinois 48-25. UD also had 46 bench points and outscored the Panthers 60-16 in the paint. The Flyers had 33 assists on 45 baskets.
The 63-point victory for the Flyers ranks as seventh largest margin of victory in the program’s history and the largest since UD became a Division I program. The Flyers topped 90 points for the third time in  this season’s six games. They topped 90 points three times all of last season.
This is the first time UD has topped 100 points this season and first since they defeated Harvard 101-80 back on December 30, 2010. The 105 points scored ranks tied for 11th in program history and is the most in a regulation game since the program became Division I in 1984-85. The program record is 112 points vs. Capital on January 23, 1978.
Dayton Marriott All-Classic Team 

Buffalo – Mackenzie Loesing
EIU – Ta’Kenya Nixon
EIU – Mariah King
Dayton – Kelley Austria
Dayton – Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova

Dayton – Ally Malott




By Gary “Kid” Gulliver


DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton men’s basketball took sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference after defeating Xavier, 87-72, on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd at UD Arena.

Junior guard Kevin Dillard was named the Blackburn/McCafferty Most-Valuable Player after scoring 16 points and dishing out nine assists. Junior center Matt Kavanaugh led the Flyers with 20 points and nine rebounds. The Flyers matched a season-high of 87 points for the third time this season and are now 10-1 when scoring 70 points or more.

Dayton (14-5, 4-1 A-10) improves its series advantage over Xavier (13-6, 4-2) to 84-72, including a 33-22 mark at University of Dayton Arena. Dayton has won the last two meetings against Xavier and three of the last four at UD Arena.

The Flyers led by as many as 18 points and, aside from an early 3-0 Xavier advantage, the Flyers led for the entire game. After Xavier took its only lead of the afternoon on a Dezmine Wells 3-pointer, Dayton answered with a 10-2 run and never looked back.

Kavanaugh paved the way for Dayton’s 46-33 halftime advantage with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, 2-for-2 from the free throw line and five rebounds at the intermission.

UD started the second half with two three-point field goals from Dillard and senior Luke Fabrizius to take an 18-point lead at 52-34 with 17:25 on the clock. Despite Xavier’s 54 percent shooting from the field in the second half, the Flyers held Xavier to a double-digit deficit to close out the game.

Chris Mack talks to his team (

Senior guards Josh Parker and Paul Williams joined Dillard and Kavanaugh as the four Flyers scoring in double figures. Parker finished with 16 points, including three 3-point field goals. Williams tallied 13 points while converting on all five trips to the free throw line.

Xavier’s dynamic guard duo of preseason All-American Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons accounted for 41 of the Musketeers’ 72 points and eight of the team’s 12 three-point field goals. Holloway led Xavier with 21 points and five assists, while Lyons finished with 20 points and six assists.

Dayton shot 22-of-28 for the charity stripe (78.6 percent) to Xavier’s 12-of-24 (50.0 percent) day at the line. Coming into Saturday’s game UD ranked third in the conference in free throw percentage (74.6).

The Flyers’ bench out-scored Xavier’s bench 27-16. During Xavier’s four-game winning streak, which came to an end on Saturday, the Musketeer bench averaged 24.3 points per game.










Posted by Gary “Kid” Gulliver



DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton Flyers prevailed over the La Salle University Explorers 79-75 behind a career-high 23 points by Matt Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh also hauled in nine rebounds and scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half while shooting 13-of-14 from the foul line for the game.

With the wiin the Flyers handed La Salle, the last undefeated team in Atlantic 10 play, its first conference loss.  UD, 13-5 overall and 3-1 in the A-10, is tied for first in the league with UMass and Xavier.  The Explorers dropped to 13-5 and 2-1 in the Atlantic 10.

Luke Fabrizius scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and a trio of Flyers: Kevin Dillard, Josh Parker and Alex Gavrilovic, each added nine points. The combination of Kavanaugh, Gavrilovic and Fabrizius combined to score 46 points.

Chris Johnson returned to the starting line-up after missing the last game at Saint Bonaventure due to a head injury.  Flyer coach Archie Miller held him out of the second half as a precaution. He finished with five points and five rebounds.

UD got off to a hot start, as the Flyers scored the first seven points of the game within the first minute and a half. Dayton led 11-4 with 16:26 left in the first half after a pair of Kavanaugh free throws, but La Salle went on a 9-4 run, over the next three minutes and 55 seconds, to cut the lead to 15-13 with 12:31 until halftime. The Flyers went on a 9-4 run of their own over the next three minutes and 43 seconds to push the lead back to seven, 24-17, with 8:48 left in the half.

La Salle sliced the lead in the first half to 28-27 after a three-pointer by Earl Pettis, but UD responded with a three-pointer on three consecutive possessions, one each by Parker, Johnson and Dillard, to give the Flyers a 37-27 lead. UD led 40-29 at halftime.

Dayton led wire-to wire, but had to hold off a determined La Salle comeback late in the game.  UD held a 15-point lead with 14:21 in the second half before La Salle cut the lead to single digits, 57 -48, after a three by Tyreek Duren with 11:44 left. The Explorers went on a 12-6 run over the span of two minutes and four seconds to slice the Flyer lead to 76-72 after a three-point play by Pettis with 1:56 remaining in the game.

Paul Williams was fouled on the inbounds pass by Duren with 1:52 left and made both free throws as Dayton was in the double bonus to push the lead to 78-72. Ramon Galloway hit a three from the wing with 1:40 left to cut the lead to 78-75. La Salle had a chance to tie the game with nine seconds left, but Sam Mills missed a three-point attempt from the top of the key. Parker made 1-of-2 free throws to secure the Flyers win.

Overall, UD shot 25-of-52 from the field (48.1%) while the Explorers shot 24-of-48 (50%). Dayton shot 15-of-24 (62.5%) in the first half. The Flyers outrebounded La Salle 35-27 and had 14 fast break points compared to just two for the Explorers. UD also held the advantage in bench points 23-6 and the Flyers’ 16 offensive rebounds gave them the edge in second-chance points 20-10.







Posted by Gary “Kid” Gulliver



OLEAN, N.Y. – Josh Parker had a season-high 19 points, while Kevin Dillard finished with 10 points and eight assists as the Dayton Flyers lost to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 81-73.

Dayton had its four-game winning streak snapped. The Flyers dropped to 12-5 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10 play.

UD trailed 70-68 with 3:35 remaining in regulation before the Bonnies went on a 10-0 to close the game. During that stretch, Dayton missed four field goals and two lay-ups.

Overall, the Flyers started the game 7-of-14 from beyond the arc, but converted only four 3-pointers in the second half. UD shot 44 percent from the floor, but was 6-of-10 at the free throw line.

Meanwhile, St. Bonaventure made 51 percent of its field goal attempts and was 24-of-28 at the charity stripe.

A big lift at the free throw line for SBU came from the Bonnie post players who sank 18-of-20 free throw attempts. SBU’s Andrew Nicholson led the Bonnies with 30 points and 13 rebounds.

Alex Gavrilovic and Matt Kavanaugh each scored 10 points for Dayton.

Paul Williams scored all eight of his points in the first half. Devin Oliver added eight points and six rebounds and Ralph Hill hauled in a career-best six rebounds.

The Flyers came into the game short-handed without its second and third leading scorers. Josh Benson is out for the year with a torn ACL and Chris Johnson suffered a blow to the head in Monday’s practice. Johnson has not been diagnosed with a concussion, but was held from the trip as a precaution.







Posted by Gary “Kid” Gulliver


University of Dayton senior Chris Johnson has been recognized by College Sports Madness for his performances in UD’s two wins to open the Atlantic 10 Conference season.  The website named him its A-10 Player of the Week after he had double-doubles in the Flyer wins over Saint Louis and at Temple.

Johnson, a 6-foot-6 forward from Columbus (Ohio) Brookhaven High School, had 11 points and 10 rebounds in Dayton’s 79-72 overtime win vs. SLU on Jan. 4.  He then added 12 points and 10 rebounds when UD beat Temple 87-77 on Jan. 7.  For the week, Johnson shot .889 (8-9) from the line and .750 (3-4) from 3-pt. range.

Chris Johnson (courtesy of UD athletics)

For his outstanding perormances, Johnson was also named one of this week’s PrimeTime performers by CollegeSports360.

For the season, Johnson is third on the team in scoring (10.6).  He is also first in three-pointers made (33), second in rebounding (5.5), third in assists (29) and fourth in FT% (.806, 29-36).







Posted by Dan Hock

Josh Parker (courtesy of UD athletics)


PHILADELPHIA – Five Flyers scored in double figures as the Dayton Flyers picked up their first road victory of the year with an 87-77 victory over the Temple Owls.

Kevin Dillard scored all 16 points in the second half, Josh Parker added 16 points off the bench and Chris Johnson recorded his second consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Luke Fabrizius tallied 13 points and hit three shots from beyond the arc, while Matt Kavanaugh added 14 points and six boards for UD.

The Flyers improved to 12-4 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic 10. UD has won seven of its last eight games. Dayton also improved to 7-0 this season when scoring 70 or more points.

Temple, who on Wednesday knocked off No. 3 Duke, saw its 25-game winning streak at the Liacouras Center snapped. The Owls dropped to 10-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

Down 58-53, UD used a 16-4 run midway through the second half to take the lead and extend their advantage.

The Flyers shot 18-of-20 at the free throw line and knocked down 10 shots from three-point range. UD converted 47 percent of its field goal attempts and out-rebounded the Owls 36-23.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Dillard came alive hitting four field goals and all six free throw attempts. Dayton sealed the game with a minute remaining in regulation after a Parker three-pointer as the shot clock time expired.

Parker finished the game 4-of-7 from the field with three of those three-pointers. Kavanaugh was also strong inside hitting 6-of-9 field goal attempts.

Paul Williams added nine points and Alex Gavrilovic had six points and six rebounds.

It is the first true road victory for the Flyers this season as well after losing at Miami and Murray State. UD went 3-0 in the Old Spice Classic down in Orlando, Fla.

The Flyers are playing well at 16-4, 2-0 in the A-10 Conference.


Game press release courtesy of Dayton athletics









Posted by Dan Hock

(courtesy of Dayton Flyers via wikipedia commons)



Kevin Dillard and Chris Johnson Tally Double-Doubles in 79-72 Win
The University of Dayton Flyers used a strong second half and overtime to top the Saint Louis Billikens 79-72 in both teams’ conference openers. UD improves its record to 11-4 and 1-0 in the Atlantic 10, while SLU falls to 12-3 and 0-1 in the Atlantic 10.
The Flyers trailed for most of the game and only led for one minute and 50 seconds of regulation. UD outscored the Billikens 15-8 in overtime behind six points by senior Paul Williams. Dayton outscored the Billikens 51-36 after halftime.
Redshirt junior point guard Kevin Dillard recorded his second career double-double as a Flyer with 18 points and 10 assists. Senior forward Chris Johnson also recorded his first double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
In the first game following redshirt junior Josh Benson’s season-ending ACL injury, freshman Alex Gavrilovic scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Senior Luke Fabrizius started his first career game and scored 11 points, nine in the second half, on 3-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.  Senior Paul Williams also added 11 points with six coming in overtime.
The first half was highlighted by 10-0 runs by each team. After a pair of Brian Conklin free throws with 5:59 remaining in the first half, UD scored 10 unanswered points over the next two minutes and five seconds to erase a 26-18 Billiken lead into a 28-26 Flyer lead. Saint Louis responded with 10 straight points of its own to close the half and take a 36-28 lead into the locker room.
Dayto started the second half with an 11-4 run to cut the Billiken lead to 40-39 with 17:24 remaining after a Dillard three-point play. UD cut the lead to just one twice — 47-46 with 13:33 left and 52-51 with 8:56 remaining — before taking its first lead of the half,  55-54, with seven minutes to go in regulation. That second lead lasted just 14 seconds before Saint Louis went back on top re-took the lead 56-55 on a jumper by Kwamain Mitchell.
The Flyers would not lead again until 42.1 seconds remained after a Dillard three-point play gave the Flyers a 62-60 advantage. Mitchell was sent to the line after a foul by Dillard with 29.3 seconds left. Mitchell converted 1-of-2 free throws to cut the Flyer lead to 62-61. Dillard was fouled by Mitchell on the inbounds pass and made both free throws to give UD a 64-61 lead. Dillard scored the last seven points of regulation for UD.
Cody Ellis sent the game into overtime, as he banked in a lean-in three-pointer from the left wing, with 1.1 seconds left to tie the game at 64, and send the Flyers and Billikens into overtime for the sixth time in the last six years.
Williams scored the first four points of overtime, all from the foul line, to give the Flyers a 68-64 lead with 3:20 remaining. Ellis hit a three with 2:33 left to cut the Flyer lead to 68-67. Fabrizius responded on UD’s next possession with a three-pointer to push the lead to 71-67. After a made foul shot by SLU’s Mike McCall, Williams hit a step-back jumper with 1:18 remaining to give the Flyers a 73-68 lead.
The Flyers made six of eight free throws in the final 43 seconds of the game to give Dayton its third straight win and sixth in seven games.
Dayton converted 24-of-55 (43.6%) from the field for the game, and Saint Louis made 24-of-62 (38.7%) field goal attempts. UD shot 12-of-25 (48%) in the second half while holding Saint Louis to just 9-of-31 (29%). UD shot 24-of-28 (85.7%) from the foul line and 7-of-14 (50%) from the three while Saint Louis shot 19-of-26 (73.1%) from the foul line and just 5-of-19 (26.3%) from beyond the arc.
The Flyers improve to 15-4 overall, 1-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Game press release courtesy of Dayton athletics
























Posted by Dan Hock

Chris Johnson dunks (file photo courtesy of Dayton athletics)



DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton Flyers topped the Ole Miss Rebels 62-50 at UD Arena on Friday night. With the victory, the Flyers recorded their sixth consecutive season of at least 10 non-conference wins. UD will enter conference play with a record of 10-4. Ole Miss falls to 9-4 on the season.

Senior Chris Johnson led the Flyers in scoring with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.  Johnson also tallied five rebounds and five assists. Senior Paul Williams was the only other Flyer in double figures as he scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior Luke Fabrizius missed the last three games with a rib injury but returned tonight to score eight points on 3-of-7 shooting from the field. Fabrizius scored all eight of his points in the second half on 3-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-3 from three-point range. Redshirt junior Kevin Dillard added nine points and a game-high seven assists.

Redshirt junior Josh Benson scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in the first half, but left the game with 9:29 left in the half with a knee injury. Benson re-entered the game later in the half, but played very briefly before removed for the rest of the game.  Benson’s injury will be evaluated on Saturday.

The first half was close throughout with both teams struggling from the field. UD shot just 27.5% (11-for-40) in the first half while Ole Miss shot 39.1% (9-for-23). The Flyers shot 17 more field goals in the first half because they grabbed 14 offensive rebounds compared to just four offensive rebounds for the Rebels. Overall, UD hauled in 18 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Ole Miss 43-33. The 18 offensive rebounds are the second-most for the Flyers in a game this season. UD had 20 offensive rebounds against UNC Wilmington.

The Flyers held a 25-23 lead toward the end of the first half until a Johnson fadeaway three-pointer from the corner went in at the buzzer to give UD a 28-23 halftime lead. That bucket started the run that put Dayton in control as the Flyers also went on an 11-4 spurt to start the second half that ended when Johnson drilled another three with 17:31 remaining in the game.

UD shot just 4-of-16 from the three in the first half but opened the second half by hitting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.

Ole Miss went on a 10-2 run to cut the Flyer lead to 45-40 with 10:02 left after two free throws by Jarvis Summers and a lay-in by Terrance Henry. The 10-2 run over the span of three minutes and 30 seconds cut a 13-point Flyer lead to just five.

The five-point deficit would be the closest the Rebels would get as UD answered with its own 13-5 burst over the span of six minutes and 32 seconds to push the lead to 13 points once again, 58-45, with 3:30 left in the game.

UD shot 50% from the field in the second half (11-22) and 35.5% for the game (22-62). Ole Miss shot 38.8% from the field (19-49). After shooting just 4-of-16 (25%) from the three in the first half, the Flyers shot 5-of-11 (45.5%) from beyond the arc in the second half. Ole Miss shot just 1-of-10 from the three.

UD had 18 assists in the game compared to just five assists for the Rebels. The Flyers held the edge 13-2 on fast break points.  The Flyers connected on 9-of-11 of their free throw attempts (81.8%).

The 16 points by Johnson moved him into 29th all-time in scoring at UD as he passed Ken May and Alex Robertson. In 15 career starts against BCS teams, Johnson has scored in double figures in 13 of them.

The Flyers are now 16-6 against BCS schools in the last five seasons.

UD now has a record of 14-4 on the season.







Posted by Dan Hock

Josh Benson (courtesy of UD athletics)


DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Dayton Flyers used a strong second half to take a 64-57 victory over the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames Friday night at UD Arena. The Flyers scored 17 unanswered points late in the first half and beginning of the second half to propel them to the victory.

UD trailed the Flames 32-24 with 1:31 remaining in the first half, but thanks to a 5-0 run by sophomore Devin Oliver, on a three from the wing and a follow-up tip-slam on a fast break, the Flyers were able to cut UIC’s lead to 32-29 as the teams headed into the locker room.

Dayton continued that surge in the second half as they scored the first nine points of the half to lead the Flames 41-32 with 15:36 left in the game. UIC scored its first basket of the second half at the 15:19 mark. Overall, the UIC drought lasted five minutes and 10 seconds from the 1:31 mark in the first half until the 15:19 mark of the second half. During that time, UD turned a 32-24 deficit into a 41-32 lead.

Redshirt junior Josh Benson led the Flyers with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. He also had three blocked shots.  Redshirt junior Kevin Dillard scored 11 points and Oliver added nine points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds.  Dillard added four assists against one turnover.

UD started slow from the field as they hit just 5-of-17 shots in the first nine minutes and 43 seconds of the first half.  UIC started red-hot from the field, converting the first 8-of-12 shots.

The game was tied at 17 with 8:09 left in the first half before a 9-0 UIC run pushed the lead to 26-17 with 5:04 remaining in the half. The Flames would score just six more points for the next 10 minutes and 23 seconds of the game.

The Flames regained the lead in the second half 46-45 with 10:05 left on a three-pointer by Daniel Barnes. That was the last lead for UIC.  A pair of Chris Johnson free throws at the 9:47 mark put Dayton in front for good.

But the game remained close for the rest of the way.  UD made the necessary defensive stops to hold on for the win, allowing just two field goals in the last 10 minutes of the game.

With the Flyers holding a 57-55 lead with 37.6 seconds left, Benson stole the inbounds pass and was fouled. Benson made both free throws to give UD a 59-55 lead. A foul by Dillard sent the Flames to the line for a one-and-one. Barnes
made both free throws with 31.4 seconds left to once again cut the lead to two, 59-57. Redshirt senior Josh Parker was fouled on the inbounds pass and converted 1-of-2 free throws to push the Flyer lead to 60-57 with 30 seconds left.

Barnes missed the potential game tying three with 22 seconds left, and Johnson made both free throws, after a UIC foul, to secure the win.

After shooting 42.4% (12-29) from the floor in the first half, Dayton improved to 52.4% (11-21) in the second half.  At the other end, UIC shot 53.8% (14-26) in the first half, but was held to 26.7% (8-30) in the second half.

Overall, the Flyers made 23-of-50 shots from the field (46%) and held the Flames to 22-of-56 shooting (39.3%). UD held UIC to just 4-of-23 shooting from beyond the arc (17.4%). The Flyers outscored the Flames 34-24 in the paint and UD held the advantage in bench points 22-6.

Dayton improves to 13-4 on the season.


Game press release courtesy of UD athletics






Seton Hall cools off Flyers, 69-64

Posted by Dan Hock

(courtesy of Seton Hall University via wikipedia commons)


DAYTON, Ohio – The Seton Hall University Pirates prevailed over the University of Dayton Flyers 69-64 on Wednesday night at UD Arena. The Pirates used a hot shooting start from beyond the arc to hold off the Flyers.

Seton Hall converted eight of its first 11 shots from three-point range and made 8-of-16 overall.

The main difference maker in the game was Seton Hall 6-9 sophomore Patrick Auda, who scored 18 points, 16 in the second half. He converted 7-of-10 shots from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Pirates’ star, Herb Pope, who came into the game averaging 22.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Seton Hall took at 34-31 lead into the locker room at halftime, with 27 of the 34 points coming from Pope, Jordan Theodore, and Aaron Cosby, who had nine points each. Josh Benson paced the Flyers in the first half with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Benson finished the game with 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds.

Senior Chris Johnson led the Flyers with 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 shooting from the three. Johnson exited last game against Florida International with a hyperextended knee and was a game-time decision to play. Redshirt junior Kevin Dillard added 14 points.

UD was down 50-40 with 13:32 left when Pope picked up his third foul on an and-one by junior Matt Kavanaugh. The Flyers went on a 16-6 run from that point to tie the score at 56 with 6:43 left in the game. Seton Hall re-took control of the game with three consecutive lay-ups, one by Cosby and two by Fuquan Edwin to push the Seton Hall lead to 64-58 with 3:56 remaining.

Overall, UD shot 22-of-53 from the field (41.5%), 5-of-18 from the three (27.8%) and 15-of-22 from the foul line (68.2%). The Flyers converted just 1-of-6 foul shots in the first half, but hit 14-of-16 in the second half.

The Flyers fall to 12-4 on the season.


Game press release courtesy of Dayton Flyers athletics







Posted by J.Y. Mortimer

A second-half surge lifted the University of Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team to a 61-40 victory over the Florida International University Panthers on Saturday night at UD Arena. The Flyers trailed the Panthers 30-22 at the half, but outscored the Panthers 39-10 in the second half, thanks to production off the bench by Josh Parker and Alex Gavrilovic.

UD was led by 14 each from Parker (12 in the second half) and Gavrilovic (eight in the second half).    With their efforts, the Flyer bench outscored FUI’s 30-2.  Paul Williams added 12 for Dayton, who improved to 8-3 with its third straight win.

Alex Gavrilovic (courtesy of Dayton athletics)


























Gavrilovic’s contribution was key as the top four players on Flyer frontcourt were plagued by foul trouble and injuries.
Junior Matt Kavanaugh and redshirt junior Josh Benson were limited to just 16 minutes apiece due to foul trouble. Senior Luke Fabrizius was unavailable for the game due to a rib injury suffered earlier in the week in practice. And senior Chris Johnson exited the game after just six minutes due to a hyperextended knee and did not return.

FIU big man Dominique Ferguson was the difference maker in the first half for the Panthers. The 6-9 sophomore scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed 6 rebounds in the first half. He picked up his second foul with 14:45 left in the half, but re-entered the game shortly after. With him on the floor, the Panthers outscored the Flyers 30-18.
The defense provided the spark for the Flyers in the second half. UD held the Panthers to 3-of-13 shooting in the second half and forced 15 turnovers. The Flyers had seven steals for the game, including five in the second half. Kevin Dillard had three steals for the Flyers while Parker had two steals and Devin Oliver had two steals.

The 10 points given up by Dayton in a second half are the third-fewest allowed in Flyer history (modern era) and fewest since they gave up eight points to Richmond in the first half on Jan. 20, 2007.  It also matched the lowest scored by a Flyer opponent in the second half (Roanoke on Jan. 9, 1978).

Dayton started out the second half with a 13-3 run in the first four minutes and 47 seconds, which included a Parker three-pointer with 15:37 left to give the Flyers a 34-33 lead. It was their first lead since the 18:40 mark of the first half.  UD kept the momentum going as they stretched the run to 24-5 during the first 10 minutes and 30 seconds to give the home team a 46-35 lead.

The 14 points by Gavrilovic was a career high.  The only freshman on the team had missed the last three games with an ankle injury.  The 14 points were more than he had scored in the other seven games of the season (13).  He also had a career high in rebounds (6) and minutes played (22).
Parker added five assists against just one turnover on the night.


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