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Flyers’ Johnson to miss St. Bonaventure game tonight

 

Chris Johnson (courtesy of UD athletics)

University of Dayton senior Chris Johnson will miss Wednesday’s game at St. Bonaventure after suffering a blow to the head in Monday’s practice.  He has not been diagnosed with a concussion but is being held from the trip as a precaution.
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).  He turned in back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Saint Louis and Temple to start Atlantic 10 play after fellow forward Josh Benson tore his ACL and was lost for the season.

Currently tied for 28th in career scoring at Dayton with 1,239 points, Johnson had started 57 straight games for the Flyers.

Dayton is 12-4 overall in 2011-12, and tied for first one week in the A-10 season with Charlotte and La Salle with a 2-0 record.  UD’s next game after St. Bonaventure is on Saturday, Jan. 14 at home against the Explorers.
Press Release courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton’s Benson tears ACL in left knee ending promising season

An MRI examination revealed that University of Dayton junior forward Josh Benson suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during last night’s 62-50 win over Ole Miss.  The surgery and rehab to repair the injury will put Benson out for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.  The 6-9 junior had started every game this season at forward for the Flyers.
“Everyone in our program feels for Josh right now,” Flyer head coach Archie Miller said.  “He was really playing at both ends of the floor with a confidence that comes from being dedicated to getting better every day.  But he will still have a big role for our team as he comes back from this.  We will need his leadership and enthusiasm with us as we head into conference.

Josh Benson (44) (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

“He knows he has the support of his family, his coaches and his teammates and I expect him to have a big year next season.”
Benson is UD’s second-leading scorer (10.9) and rebounder (5.2,), up from averages of 5.6 and 3.5 a year ago. He leads UD and is fourth in the Atlantic 10 Conference in FG% (.610, 64-105).  He scored seven points and had four rebounds in 11 minutes against Ole Miss before suffering the injury.  Benson had scored in double figures in five of the last six games going into Friday’s contest.
Dayton finished non-conference play at 10-4.
Press Release courtesy of Dayton athletics


 

UD’s Gavrilovic selected Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week

 

Alex Gavrilovic (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

University of Dayton Flyers freshman center Alex Gavrilovic has been named Rookie of the Week in the Atlantic 10 Conference for his performance in leading the team to a 61-40 win over Florida International on Saturday.

Gavrilovic’s contribution to win #8 for Dayton was huge as the top four players on the team’s front court depth chart was limited or unable to play. The starting frontcourt for the Flyers frontcourt, Josh Benson, Matt Kavanaugh and Chris Johnson was limited to a total of 38 out of a possible 120 minutes due to foul trouble (Benson and Kavanaugh and injury (Johnson). In addition, senior Luke Fabrizius was not dressed out because of a rib injury.

Gavrilovic came off the bench to lead UD to its come-from-behind win. He returned to action after missing the last three games with a sprained ankle, and came through with career-highs in scoring (14), rebounding (6) and minutes (22).

 

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Oliver, Kavanaugh lead Flyers over South Carolina-Upstate

 

DAYTON, Ohio – University of Dayton men’s basketball defeated USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon at UD Arena, 72-68.

Five Flyers scored in double-figures, led by sophomore Devin Oliver’s career-high 12 points in 19 minutes of action. Oliver shot 4-of-6 from the field, converted on all four free throw attempts and tallied five rebounds. Eight of Oliver’s points came in the game’s last 10 minutes after it was tied for the last time 51-51.

Devin Oliver

Matt Kavanaugh

Senior guard Paul Williams tied a career-high eight rebounds to pace the Flyers on the boards while adding 10 points. Josh Benson and Kevin Dillard both also added 10 points.  All of Dillard’s points came in the second half after he played just nine minutes before halftime due to foul trouble.

Dayton improves to 7-3 on the season heading into the University’s semester examinations week. The Spartans fall to 6-4 after suffering their first back-to-back losses of the season.

USC Upstate’s Torrey Craig registered a game-high 21 points. Craig made a 3-point field goal with 8:03 remaining in the second half to give Upstate a 54-53 advantage. It was the Spartans’ last of 11 lead changes throughout the game as the Flyers took the go-ahead lead on an Oliver layup off an offensive rebound.

Luke Fabrizius led the Flyers to a 32-32 tie at the half with three of Dayton’s five 3-point buckets leading up to intermission. Fabrizius finished with nine points in nine minutes of play.

After attempting just two free throws in the first half, the Flyers shot 13-of-14 from the charity stripe in the second half. Dayton made 11 of 12 free throws in the last four minutes of the game to erase any Spartans comeback.  USC Upstate went 5-for-7 from the line for the game.

The Flyers shot .578 (26-45) from the field, .429 (6-14) from three-point range and .874 (14-16) from the line in the win.

 

Game Press Release & Photos courtesy of Dayton media relations

Flyers ruin Grant’s return to alma mater; dump Alabama 74-62

DAYTON, Ohio – Senior Chris Johnson scored a season-high 20 points and senior Josh Parker added a season-high 17 points to lead the University of Dayton in an upset of No. 16/15 Alabama 74-62 Wednesday night at UD Arena in front of a crowd of 13,102.

The game saw the return to Dayton by Alabama head coach Anthony Grant, who played for legendary Flyers coach Don Donoher from 1983-1987. The 45-year-old Grant has also been a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth. He received a warm welcome and standing ovation when recognized by the public address announcer during the introduction of the Crimson Tide starting lineup prior to tip-off.

Anthony Grant arriving in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2009 (photo by Rtr10 via wikipedia commons)

Junior Kevin Dillard chipped in 14 points, six assists and a career- and game-high eight rebounds for Dayton. Redshirt junior Josh Benson was the fourth Flyer to score in double figures with 11 points.

The Flyers improve to 6-3 overall, while the Tide are now 7-2, losing their second consecutive game after falling 57-55 to Georgetown on Dec. 1.

Prior to defeating the nationally-ranked Tide on Wednesday, the Flyers’ last win against a ranked opponent was No. 14 Xavier, 71-58, on Feb. 11, 2009 at UD Arena. Dayton has now won nine of their last 10 games against BCS opponents and is 15-5 in the last five seasons against BCS foes.

Alabama scored the first basket of the night and led 6-4 with 17:13 to play, but Johnson’s jumper with 16:54 to play evened the score and Matt Kavanaugh’s free throws at 15:46 put the Flyers up for good. In fact, UD went up by as much as 16 in the first half, 38-22, after a Johnson three-pointer at the 2:07 mark.

The Tide closed out the half with a 5-0 run, but Dayton led 38-27 at the break. The Flyers shot 64 percent with Parker leading the way on 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for a team-high 12 points at the half. Benson was also automatic, knocking down 4-of-5 field goal attempts.

The Crimson Tide shot just 39.3 percent in the first period. Tony Mitchell paced Alabama with 12 at the half. UD and Alabama were even in three major categories at the break: rebounds (13), turnovers (6) and assists (8).

Dayton’s largest lead of the game was by 17 points after a Benson jumper gave the Flyers a 46-29 lead with 17:33 left in the game.

Alabama got within four points (57-53) with 7:42 to play, but the Flyers hit 4-of-5 from behind the arc down the stretch to pull away, including back-to-back treys by Dillard to boost Dayton’s lead back to double digits.

Dillard knocked down 3-of-4 free throws to give Dayton a 15-point lead, 74-59, with 41 seconds to go.

The Flyers are only the third team to put up 60+ points against the Crimson Tide this season.

 

Portions of article aided from Dayton athletics game press release

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