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Dayton uses Gruden’s pep talk to dominate arch-rival Xavier

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(Dayton’s Kevin Dillard talks about win over Xavier)


Most people who follow sports do not realize that Jon Gruden, the Super Bowl-winning coach is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Gruden, who most people say looks like the movie doll “Chuckie”, was quarterback for the Dayton Flyers football team in the 1980′s and led the team to a couple of Stagg Bowls.

He is a proud alumnus and watches the Flyers basketball team on ESPN when he can.

He was instrumental in Dayton’s 87-72 win over the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday afternoon at UD Arena.

Gruden, wearing his old Dayton football lettermen’s jacket, was asked by basketball head coach Archie Miller to talk to the players at an 8 a.m. film session and give them a pep talk. He told the players to “go out, play hard and share the ball.” The players listened and were grateful that Gruden came back to talk to the team.

Before a sellout crowd of 13, 435, the Flyers did everything Gruden told them as they blasted the Musketeers.

(courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Junior Matt Kavanaugh scored 20 points while hauling down 9 rebounds, and junior point guard Kevin Dillard, who was selected the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, which goes to the game’s MVP, had 16 points and nine assists as the Dayton took control of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Overall, UD is 14-5, 4-1 while Xavier falls to 13-6, 4-2. The other A-10 top teams have at least two losses.

The Flyers worked the ball around the perimeter in the half-court offense and were able to score at will from 3-point land, getting second and third chances on the offensive rebounds and just basically outhustled the more-publicized Musketeers.

Dayton built up an 18-point lead in the 2nd half, and Xavier could not get it under 11 the rest of the game.

The Flyers frustrated Xavier stars Tu Holloway and Mark Lyons all game and it showed. They missed open shots and layups and could not score at will in previous matchups. Holloway scored 21 and Lyons 20, but most of those points came after the game had long been decided. They were the only Musketeers in double figures scoring.

Kevin Dillard (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

On the other hand, the Flyers had four players in double figures to support Kavanaugh and Dillard. Josh Parker added 16 and Paul Williams scored 13. Dayton also dominated the paint eventhough Xavier has 7-footer Kenny Frease, scoring 28 points and the bench play went to the Flyers, who are deeper, 27-16.

It was obvious that Xavier head coach Chris Mack was upset with his team’s intensity from the game’s outset. The Muskies did not come out at halftime until there was only 2:49 left on the clock.

The next matchup will come in February on the 18th at the Cintas Center where Dayton has never won and has had some nightmarish games. Maybe this might be the year to sweep Xavier.

 

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Xavier beats crosstown-rival UC handily, 76-53; brawl in final minutes of game

CINCINNATI -The No. 8 Xavier Musketeers defeated the University of Cincinnati Bearcats 76-53 Saturday afternoon at Cintas Center in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Shootout. With the victory, Xavier remains spotless in the 2011-12 campaign. Mark Lyons, Tu Holloway, Dez Wells and Kenny Frease all scored in double figures.

In the 79th meeting between these two squads, Xavier was able to improve its record to 8-0. The Musketeers have won four of the last five match ups. With the loss, Cincinnati falls to 5-3 on the season.

The last 9.4 seconds of the game never expired due to an ugly brawl broke out near the UC bench. The brawl started when XU’s Tu Holloway said something to Bearcats guard Ge’Lawn Guyn. Musketeers’ Dezmine Wells pushed Guyn to the floor and both benches emptied. The referee’s restored order but declared the game over.

Lyons led the game with 19 points off 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, 3-of-5 from downtown and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Holloway added 17 points (6-of-10). He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe, dropped six dimes and posted a steal. Wells dropped 14 points and brought down six boards. Kenny Frease recorded his first double-double of the season bringing down a game-high 13 boards and scoring 13 points.

Xavier took control of the second half going on a 9-2 run to open up the second frame. Cincinnati got within 10 points off a Yancy Gates jumper with 14:40, but that was the closest the Bearcats would get.

Xavier shot 51.8 percent from the floor for the game to Cincinnati’s 27.9 percent. The Musketeers outrebounded the Bearcats 40-36 and scored 36 points in the paint to UC’s 24. XU also held the advantage in points off turnovers (16-8), fast break points (12-2) while UC held the advantage in second chance points at 14-10.

There were six lead changes and eight ties in the first frame. Xavier was able to pull away towards the last six minutes of the half and go on a 12-2 run to end the half. The Musketeers held the Bearcats without a field goal from the 6:23 mark until 55.8.

 

Xavier hit 46.2 percent of its shots in the first half to Cincinnati’s 32.1 field goal percentage. The Bearcats did not connect on a trey in the first half, while Xavier was 3-of-8, including two from Lyons.

Cincinnati was led by Yancy Gates who had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

 

Game Release & logo courtesy of Xavier athletics; portions on brawl inserted by megasportsnews.com

Xavier men beat St. Louis in A-10 play

Tu Holloway (file photo)

The Xavier Musketeers continue to be tough to beat at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati. XU has won their past 37 Atlantic 10 Conference games in a row at home, a league record.

Tu Holloway scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, in leading Xavier to a come-from-behind win over the St. Louis Billikens (8-14, 3-6) 76-68.

Xavier is now 16-6 on the season, 8-1 in the A-10.

compiled from Xavier athletics news

Dayton Flyers bad luck on Xavier’s home court continues

Usually when the Dayton Flyers schedule calls them to go to Xavier, which is located just 50 miles south on I-75 from their campus, most fans feel it is a loss before the game begins.

Tu Holloway (courtesy of Xavier athletics)

The Flyers haven’t won on Xavier’s home court whether it’s the Cincinnati Gardens or the Cintas Center, since January 10, 1981, going 0-26 over the past 30 years. But by the same token, Xavier’s record at UD Arena is just as bad.

Saturday, Tu Holloway scored 24 points, including a key bank shot with 31 seconds left as the Musketeers upped their record to 11-5 overall, 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

Juwan Staten led the Flyers with 17 points. UD is now 15-5, 2-2 in the Atlantic 10.

Xavier home winning streak snapped at 30 by Florida

The Xavier Musketeers have gone more than two years without losing at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, the longest home-court winning streak in school history and the second-longest in Division I, behind Kansas’ 56-game streak.

All of that has come to an end, as Erving Walker scored 18 points, and Florida ended Xavier’s 30-game home winning streak.

Cintas Center at Xavier (photo by Nick Juhasz via Wikipedia Commons)

Erving Walker (courtesy of Florida athletics)

The Gators, now 10-3, broke open a back-and-forth contest with a 13-1 run early in the second half. They clinched the game by going 13 of 16 from the free throw line in the final seconds.

Xavier falls to 8-4 heading to Atlantic 10 Conference action.

Info courtesy of Florida & Xavier athletics news

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