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Good News for Dayton Flyers fans; Chris Wright is back for final year

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Chris Wright is back to lead UD (Dayton)

University of Dayton junior forward Chris Wright has announced that he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will be returning to the Flyers for his senior season.

Wright, the leading scorer and rebounder for UD’s 2010 NIT championship team, announced on April 7, that he was entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, but did not sign with an agent which allowed him to retain his collegiate eligibility.

“I love the University of Dayton and where our program is headed. I can’t wait for next,” Wright said.

Wright averaged 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in leading the Flyers to a 25-12 overall record. Dayton’s team MVP and a First Team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Wright also led the team in minutes (28.8), dunks (a school-record 68), blocked shots (a school record 53), free throws attempted (185) and free throws made (125). He led the Flyers with 29 double-figure games in 2009-10.

The Flyers have won 75 games since Wright came to the Dayton campus for the 2007-08 season. With Wright in the lineup, Dayton has defeated 10 BCS teams, including four straight in this year’s run to the NIT title.

At University of Dayton Arena, the Flyers have won 44 of their last 46 games with the Trotwood native in the lineup.

Dayton Head Coach Brian Gregory is elated to have Chris Wright back in the program. “As the University of Dayton basketball coach, I’m happy to have Chris back to finish up what already has been an excellent college career. At the same time, I’m very proud of the approach he took in reaching this decision. Chris and his family knew they had my full support in any decision that was made.”

Dayton returns nine letter winners from last year’s 25-12 team, including Wright and NIT MVP  Chris Johnson. Johnson was second to Wright on the team in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (6.9) and led UD in FT% (.848, 84-99). He was the Atlantic 10′s Chris Daniels Memorial Most Improved Player Award winner in 2010.

“Lightning quick” Dayton Flyers upset Illinois to head to NIT Final Four in New York

Courtesy of Dayton Athletic Communications

Coach Brian Gregory leads Dayton to NIT Final Four (UD)

For the second straight game, The Dayton Flyers donned their black uniforms and it unveiled more Black Magic, this time on the Illinois Fighting Illini.

The Flyers put together a gritty and gutsy performance while dominating the Orange and White on their home court in Champaign, Illinois, 77-71. The win advanced Dayton to the NIT Semifinals for the first time since 1968. The Flyers have always done well historically in this tournament.

Columbus, Ohio native, Chris Johnson led the Flyers attack with 18 points and six rebounds while Marcus Johnson added 11 points and eight rebounds while Chris Wright contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds as UD won its third straight game and fourth in the last five.

Dayton will head to New York City to play the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time in Madison Square Garden.

The Flyers not only defeated a Big Ten team for the first time since 2001-02 season, but also improved to 9-4 against Bowl Championship Series (BCS) schools in the previous four seasons.

Marcus Johnson dunks over Illinois (UD)

Dayton came out with another efficient effort on the offensive end and a smothering defense throughout the game. The Flyers shot 48 percent from the floor for the the second consecutive game and went 8-of-18 from 3-point range.

Although the athletic Flyers were outrebounded by Illinois, they limited the Illini to 6-of-23 shooting from three-point land and 37 percent from the field.

Midway through the first half, Dayton started to separate themselves with an early run. UD led 29-11 after two 3-point goals from Luke Fabrizius. During the game’s opening 12 minutes, Dayton shot 71 percent from beyond the arc.

The Flyers led 38-25 at the half after dominating on the glass and shooting well from the outside. The Flyers shot 50 percent from the field and three-point range in the first half and held a 23-13 advantage on the glass. It marked the 10th time this season the Flyers held an opposing team to 25 points or less in the first half.

After controlling the tempo for a majority of the game, the Flyers let Illinois cut into the lead. It was 72-66 with 41 seconds left. However, the Flyers’ Marcus Johnson, Chris Johnson and Paul Williams sank 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to secure the win and move their record to 23-12.

Says Dayton Head coach Brian Gregory, “Our seniors did a good job of sticking with it and hanging tough and we needed that. We played with great energy and intensity today and I thought that was the difference in the game.  I’m really pleased with the opportunity to go to New York. The University of Dayton has had tremendous success playing in the NIT and I know our guys set the goal two weeks ago to get back to New York.”

Dayton ends losing streak by hammering UMass, 96-68

The Dayton Flyers came into Saturday night’s game with UMass trying put a halt on two losing streaks. First, was a current 2-game streak losing at Duquesne and Temple last week. Second, was a 4-game skid to the Minutemen dating back to 2005.

In order to accomplish both of those goals, the Flyers would have to slow down UMass, stop high-scoring guard Ricky Harris, the Atlantic 10′s second leading scorer at 19.3 ppg and outrebound the number 1 team in the conference in rebounding. They accomplished all three of those goals: holding UMass to only 68 points; shutting down Ricky Harris, only 9 points on 3 0f 15 shooting and outrebounding the visitors, 44-30, 14 of them on the offensive glass.

A sellout crowd of 13, 435 cheered the Flyers on to a 96-68 victory and win number 19 of the season. Those 96 points are the most scored at Dayton in Brian Gregory’s tenure as head coach.

Backup point guard Mickey Perry led 6 Dayton players in double figures with five, 3-point baskets. Chris Wright had 14, Rob Lowery with 13, Marcus Johnson and Chris Johnson scored 11 each and Devin Searcy put in 10.

Dayton led at the half, 43-31. But the early part of the second half, it looked as if Dayton and its bench depth was going to run away with the game. The Flyers came and pushed the tempo and upped the lead to 19, 54-35. However the game was not over.

The referees started to call ever close bump and anything close to it. UMass went on a 15-4 run to cut the lead down to 58-50 and with 12:40 to go in the game, they had Dayton in team foul trouble with 10 fouls to 2.

After a media timeout at the 11:25 mark, the Flyers and Mickey Perry went to work to put the game away. Perry hit four, 3-point goals to fuel a 28-10 run which made the score 86-60. During that run, Dayton pushed the ball up the floor, took good shots, most of the time they weren’t guarded and they played defense and rebounded the ball.

Dayton shot the ball well all night, 57% in the first half, 52.9% in the second half and 54.8% for the game. Dayton out scored UMass in the hustle stats: 34-24 in the paint, 28-9 on the fast break and 48-22 in bench scoring.

Massachusetts now has its own losing streak to deal with as they’ve dropped three in a row and are now 10-18, 4-10 in the Atlantic 10.

Its hard to believe this is the same UMass team that has had some great players like Julius Erving, Marcus Camby, Lorenzo Sutton, Lou Roe, Edgar Padilla, Carmelo Traviaso and Monty Mack. Not to mention top-notch coaches like Jack Leaman and John Calipari. This team even beat Memphis 73-72 back on December 19.

Mickey Perry (UD)

The Minutemen were led by Terrell Vinson with 16 points followed by 12 from Freddie Riley and 10 each for Anthony Gurley and Sampson Carter.

The series is now tied at 8-8.

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GAME NOTES

* Dayton Junior Chris Wright became the 42nd player to score 1,000 points in his Flyer career after scoring 15 at Duquesne. Wright was honored before the game and given the ball from that game.

*With this being the 40th anniversary of the University of Dayton Arena, the school brought back some of its former players: George Jackson, Allen Elijah, Norm Grevey, J.D. Grigsby, Nolan Robinson, Donnie May, Mike Kanieski, Roosevelt Chapman, Pat Murnen, et al.

*Dayton Senior Kurt Huelsman’s 128 consecutive starts is a Dayton record and is tied for the sixth-longest active streak in Division I. In less than four seasons, the Flyers have won 88 games he has started.

* Kurt Huelsman and London Warren hold the UD record for consecutive games played with 128.

* Saturday’s game was played on February 27 and on that date in 1971, “Dr. J” Julius Erving scores 35 points and adds 17 rebounds in UMass’ first-ever meeting with George Washington, a 70-65 win at Madison Square Garden.

* On February 27, 1979, UMass legendary coach Jack Leaman coaches what proves to be his final game, a 78-73 overtime loss to Villanova.

* On February 27, 1988, Lorenzo Sutton plays a total of 54 minutes in a 119-114 UMass three overtime loss to Rutgers. He set the record for minutes played in a single game and for three-point field goal attempts (17). He also tied for second all-time for points in a game with 39 (also his career high).

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