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Parker, bench leads Dayton to win over Fordham

Josh Parker (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Josh Parker recorded a career-high 27 points off the bench to lead the Dayton Flyers win over Fordham at UD Arena.

Twenty-five of Parker’s 27 points came from three-point land as the junior guard finished 8-of-14 from 3-point range for another career-high of 3-point field goals made in a game. Parker breaks his previous career-high of 25 points set against Northern Iowa on January 17, 2009 with drake.

Sophomore Josh Benson came off the bench as well, to score 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting. The Flyers bench outscored the Fordham Rams bench 46-9.

The Dayton Flyers drained a season-high 13 3-point field goals for the third time this season, while the 34-point margin of win is the largest since winning by at least 30 points twice in 2008.

Dayton is now 15-5 on the season, 3-2 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Fordham drops to 6-11 overall, 0-5 in the same conference.

Dayton now leads the series with Fordham at 21-5, including an 11-1 mark at home.

The game marked the 250th  for head coach Brian Gregory, all at Dayton.

All 16 players that dressed for the game, played for Dayton.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton wins thrilling double-overtime game against New Mexico Lobos


Chris Wright drives past New Mexico (photo by ism media courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Dayton men’s basketball team opened 2011 with non-conference play with a thrilling double-overtime 76-73 win over New Mexico at UD Arena.

Four Flyers accounted for 64 of Dayton’s 76 total points as each scored over 15, led by senior forward Chris Wright with his sixth double-double of the season on 17 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high rebound mark.

Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Chris Johnson each drained four 3-point field goals. Williams and Parker finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 15. It is the first time this season that UD has had four players with 15 points or more.

The Flyers shot 45 percent (13-29) from the three-point line to New Mexico’s 4-of-16 shooting from long range. Dayton out-rebounded the 18-7 on the offensive rebounds.

Dayton improves to 12-3 and extended its winning streak to five games. The Lobos fall to 11-3.

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The game marked the sixth time that Dayton has come back to win after trailing at the half and the third win after trailing by at least 12 this season. New Mexico led 38-32 at the break with a 46 shooting percentage and making 13-of-16 free throw attempts. Of the Flyers 32 first-half points, 21 came from 3-point range.

Dayton opened the second half with a 12-4 run, topped off by a put-back slam dunk from Wright to tie the game at 44-all. Sophomore Matt Kavanaugh gave the home team their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11 minutes remaining after completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.

New Mexico used a 6-0 run to force the second overtime of the season for Dayton.

The two teams tied at 71 at the end of the first overtime.

Dayton took control in the second overtime. Paul Williams’ 3-pointer proved to be the only field goal from either team of the period. As UD outscored New Mexico 5-2 for the second overtime win of the season.


* Steve Alford, the former Indiana point guard, is the head coach at New Mexico. He is 87-29 in his 4th year.

* The Lobos are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.

* The series with Dayton is tied 2-2.

* The Lobos are 13-10 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Dayton is a member of the A-10.

* Kendall Williams is one of the top freshman players in the country with 12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.6 apg.

* New Mexico has not lost a home game in December since December 22, 2004 vs. #5 Wake Forest, 64-61. Alford is 16-0. Overall, its 20 straight home games in a row.

* Dairese Gary is 4th on the Mountain West Conference assists list with 448, trailing Richie Williams of San Diego State University who played from 2005-2009.

* Dairese Gary has started 109 straight games for New Mexico.

* Steve Alford record of 87-29 .757 winning percentage and 2 conference titles is better than that of past Lobos coaches: Norm Ellenberger, Gary Colson and Dave Bliss in four years on the job.

* The Lobos 27-16 63% on the road under Steve Alford. They were 10-2 in 2009-10. In the Mountain West Conference is 16-8 with a winning percentage of 67 %.

* The Lobos are predicted to finish 3rd in the Mountain West behind San Diego State and BYU.

* The Lobos are in their 108th season, having been established on February 2, 1900. Actually, it’s the 111th season, but they had no teams in 1900-01, 1903-04, 1917-18 and 1920-21. But they’ve been playing regularly since 1921-22 with 1,350-1,025 with a winning percentage of .568, has 29 postseason bids, 11 NCAA 11 NIT.

* In 2009-2010, the Lobos were 30-5, 14-2 in the MWC. They played in the NCAA, beating Montana and losing to Washington.

* The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque.

* Steve Alford has signed a deal that will keep him at New Mexico until 2020.

* Dairese Gary is the only senior.

* the Lobos only lost two players after last season, Darlington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

* Steve Alford in 3 years in the Mountain West Conference, has finished 3rd, 1st place tie and 1st.

* Coach Alford’s seven figure salary is rare at a Mountain West Conference school. But ticket sales and donations have gone up from $5.4 million to $7.1 million since he took over the basketball team.

* Coach Alford is just five wins away from 400 in his career.


* The Flyers rank 24th in the NCAA in rebounding and lead the Atlantic 10 Conference with 41.0 rebounds per game.

* Chris Wright is the most widely-recognized Flyers player. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award. Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).

* Chris Wright was a member of this past summer’s USA Basketball Select Team, Chris Wright has 1,333 career points and has passed Chip Hare for 23rd place on UD’s all-time scoring list. He is also second all-time in blocks with 126 and 15th in rebounding.

* Head coach Brian Gregory is 36-20 in the month of January since he became the head coach at Dayton.

* Dayton is picked to finish 4th in this season’s Atlantic 10 Conference race behind¬† Temple, Xavier and Richmond.

* Head coach Brian Gregory, believe it or not has moved into third place on the Flyers all-time coaching wins list with 163 wins. He trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437) and Tom Blackburn (352).

* The Flyers are tough at home, especially over the past four years on Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena at 72-8. The 72 wins are the fifth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Ahead of Dayton are Kansas (81), Ohio State (78), Pittsburgh (77) and Syracuse (75) and Florida is tied with Dayton.

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE FROM DAYTON FLYERS LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

46 264 Chris Wright Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

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46 278 Josh Benson Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

Dayton Flyers blowout Florida A&M, 80-60

Photos courtesy of Dayton athletics

Guard Josh Parker

Josh Parker shooting open shot

The Dayton Flyers improved to 5-0 for the third time during the Brian Gregory era with an 80-60 victory over the Florida A&M Rattlers in the Global Sports Main Event game at UD Arena.

Junior guard Josh Parker led all scorers with a Dayton-high 18 points on four 3-point field goals. Freshman Juwan Staten recorded the Flyers’ first point-assist double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 assists.

Flyer freshman Brandon Spearman reached double-digit points for the first time, with a career-high 10.

Senior Chris Wright was very efficient, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Dayton, playing in its third game in five days, notched a 20-point win, the largest margin of victory this season. The Flyers forced 20 turnovers and had 28 field goals on 22 assists.

The Dayton bench out-scored the Rattlers 42-21-more than half of the Flyers’ 80 points-as all 15 Flyers who dressed for the game had a chance to play.

Florida A&M (2-3) was led by forward Yannick Crowder’s 15 points. The Rattlers were the second-straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team UD has faced after defeating Savannah State in the previous game.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton rallies for overtime win at Mississippi, 79-71

Chris Johnson slams on Ole Miss back in April and in the win at Ole Miss (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Ole Miss Rebels got off to a hot start early in the game and led 44-36 at the half. The Rebels shot 56 percent from the floor and knocked down 7-of-15 shots from the three-point line in the opening half.

But the Flyers, behind a stifling defensive effort in the second half, the University of Dayton Flyers rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Mississippi Rebels 78-71 in overtime in Oxford, Mississippi.

Chris Johnson led the Dayton attack with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Parker added 18 points and Josh Benson matched his career-high with 10 points off the bench.

Juwan Staten dished out eight assists and had five points to help the Flyers improve to 3-0 overall and pick up their first road win of the season.

This is the third time in coach Brian Gregory’s tenure that Dayton has started the season 3-0. The previous two seasons, 2003-2004 and 2008-2009, UD played in the NCAA Tournament.

In a rematch of the NIT semifinal from last season, Dayton never led through regulation and trailed by 16 early in the second half but mounted a furious comeback.

The Flyers tightened up on the defensive end and held Ole Miss to 30 percent shooting from the floor and 0-for-10 in the second half from three-point range.

In overtime, the Flyers took command with Staten and Parker taking control.

Dayton’s ability to hit free throws, 79 percent (26-of-33) aided in the comeback.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Kevin Dillard transfers to NIT champion Dayton Flyers

Info Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

University of Dayton men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory has announced that Kevin Dillard, who was the 2008 Illinois Mr. Basketball award winner, will transfer to UD from Southern Illinois University.

Dillard, a 6-foot guard who graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Chicago, will enroll at Dayton this summer. He will be come eligible to play for the Flyers beginning with the 2011-12 season and will have two seasons of basketball eligibility remaining with the Flyers.

Kevin Dillard Dayton (southern illinois photo)

Dillard had announced his commitment to come to Dayton on May 24, but the transfer is now official with the completion of the NCAA paperwork.

“We’re very excited that Kevin is joining our program,” Gregory said. “He fits with the players we have in our program in many ways, but without a doubt the biggest fit is his desire to win. He is a versatile player who will thrive in our up-tempe system. Because he is team-oriented and has a strong desire to improve himself, Kevin will make an immediate strong contribution to our team.”

Dillard averaged 12.3 points and 5.0 assists in 2009-10 for SIU. He was the Salukis’ leading scorer and the Missouri Valley Conference’s assist leader. He was also fourth in the MVC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), ninth in steals (1.1) and 12th in scoring.

In 2008-2009, he was named the Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year after leading Southern Illinois in scoring (12.2). Dillard was also second in the MVC in 3-point FG% (452, 57-126) and third in the league in assists (4.2).

As a high school senior, Dilliard averaged 23.3 points, 5.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game while leading Homewood-Flossmoor to a 27-2 record. He was immediately preceded in winning the Illinois Mr. Basketball Award by Darius Miles (2000), Eddy Curry (2001), Dee Brown (2002), Shannon Brown (2003), Shaun Livingston (2004), Julian Wright (2005), Jon Scheyer (2006) and Derrick Rose (2007).

The Dayton Flyers will return nine letterwinners from last year’s 25-12 NIT championship team, including team MVP Chris Wright and NIT MVP Chris Johnson.

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