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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

Sheffield earns 100th win at Dayton

 

Kelly Sheffield (courtesy of Dayton Flyers)

Volleyball coach Kelly Sheffield became the fastest to reach 100 wins at Dayton when the Flyers swept La Salle recently, 25-11, 25-15 and 25-17.

Sheffield has a record of 100-27 for the Atlantic 10 regular-season champion Flyers.

Dayton held the lead for the entire match, improving to 29-0 lifetime against the Explorers.

Sheffield last season won his 200th career match. He has been a head coach for 11 seasons with a record of 242-106.

 

Info compiled from Dayton athletics news

#25 Xavier continues to throttle A-10 competition

Jeff Robinson (courtesy of Xavier athletics)

The Xavier Musketeers continued their season dominance in the Atlantic 10 Conference with a 100-62 rout of La Salle.

Xavier, now 21-6, 12-1, was led by Jeff Robinson who scored a career-high 22 points.

Tu Holloway, who became the first player in Musketeers history with two career triple-doubles with his second against Fordham on Saturday, finished a rebound short of his third. He set a career high with 15 assists to go with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Explorers drop to 12-16, 4-9.

Info courtesy of Xavier athletics

Flyers freshman Staten named Atlantic 10 co-rookie of the week

Juwan Staten (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

University of Dayton Flyers freshman point guard Juwan Staten was named the Atlantic 10 co-Rookie of the Week for his play during the week ending December 5. This is his second A-10 Rookie Award this young season.

Staten averaged 13.0 points and 6.5 assists while shooting .833 (10-12) from the free throw line in two games. He scored 12 points and had eight assists in UD’s come-from-behind win over Miami on Saturday. Staten was the leader of the comeback, scoring eight of his points and garnering five of his assists in the second half, and sealed the win by going 8-for-8 from the line in the game’s final two-and-a-half minutes.

Staten also had 14 assists and five assists in the Flyers’ mid-week loss to East Tennessee State.

He shared the award with La Salle’s Tyreek Duren.

Staten is currently averaging 8.5 points and 6.6 assists per game. He leads the A-10 in assists. Staten is also the top freshman in the country and is 13th overall in assists per game. He was the first freshman to start at point guard for Dayton since Edwin Young started the first 12 games of the 1996-97 season.

Dayton’s bench, 19-0 run too much for undermanned La Salle

Dayton's Chris Wright skies over La Salle (UD)

By Stuart Mason

MSN Beat Reporter

Dayton, O.- When your average basketball fan saw that La Salle, 11-13 was playing the Dayton Flyers, 17-7 on Thursday evening, in the always tough University of Dayton Arena, they probably thought, the Flyers in a rout. You probably would agree with them considering Dayton was leading the series, 21-13; and 12-2 at the arena and most of all, La Salle was missing three of their top scorers from the starting lineup. Kimmani Barrett (13.3 ppg), Ruben Guillandreaux (9.5 ppg) and Yves Mekongo (11.1 ppg) who have combined for 2,839 career points and are seniors.

The game turned out to be anything but a rout. The Flyers would eventually win the game, 68-54 but it took every ounce of energy and all of the players in their 10-man rotation to beat the Explorers. La Salle playing with five starters and three reserves, led the Flyers 5-0 before you could blink an eye. Then the Flyers regrouped to lead 32-25 at the half.

In the second half, Dayton opened a 37-29 lead before La Salle  caught them at 45-45 as a Chris Johnson turnover was converted into a layup with 10:49 left in regulation. The two teams traded baskets and were still tied at 49-49 at the media timeout with 7:58 left to go. The fans at UD Arena were nervous and wondering what happened to the team that routed Xavier and took St. Louis into double overtime last week.

After the media timeout, Dayton kicked it into another gear called a 19-0 run. Marcus Johnson scored on a layup; Mickey Perry scored on a 3-point goal and Marcus Johnson scored on a jump shot, that made the score 56-49 with LaSalle calling a timeout with 5:42 remaining.

The Flyers kept the throttle down and La Salle was starting to feel fatigued. Devin Searcy scored on a layup to make it 58-49 and Explorers head coach Dr. John Giannini, seeing the game slipping away, called his second timeout in a span of thirty-three seconds and 5:09 to go. The Flyers run didn’t stop until the score reached 68-49 at the 2:02 mark and the game was over to the delight of the announced crowd of 12,664.

The Flyers outplayed the Explorers in several key stats: Field Goal pct. 47.4 %, 50% in the second half; bench points 42-15; steals 11-5. The Dayton defense caused La Salle to turn the ball over 21 times which led to 19 points.

The La Salle showed why they are one of the top rebounding teams in the Atlantic 10 conference winning that battle 44-34, 19 were on the offensive boards. Steve Weingarten had 12 and Jerrell Williams pulled down 11. Rodney Green was the only Explorer to reach double figures in scoring with 16.

Dayton was led by sixth man Marcus Johnson with 16 points and NBA prospect Chris Wright had 12. The Flyers move to 18-7, 7-4 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

SOUNDS OF THE GAME44 290 Mickey Perry Dayton Guard Did the Flyers feel sluggish in the play44 292 Mickey Perry Dayton Guard Dayton and its bench would wear LaSalle down44 293 Mickey Perry Dayton Guard The keys to the 19-0 run to end the game44 297 Chris Wright Dayton Forward Any NCAA talk for 18-7 Dayton

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La Salle head coach Dr. John Giannini in his sixth season at the Philadelphia school, is one of three men’s basketball coaches with doctorates, joining Lehigh’s Brett Reed and Valparaiso’s Homer Drew. Giannini’s doctorate is in kinesiology with a specialization is sports psychology. Coach Reed’s is in instructional technology and Coach Drew earned his in educational administration.

According to kenpom.com, La Salle boasts the third tallest team in the country with an average height of 6’7. Florida State is 6’7.2 is first followed by North Carolina at 6’7.1.

La Salle has three 1,000-point scorers on the roster. Rodney Green has scored 1,803 points, Kimmani Brown has 1,057 career points, followed by Yves Mekongo 1,006. The Class of 1980 (Michael Brooks, Kurt Kanaskie and Mo Connolly) also had three 1,000-point scorers.

William “Speedy” Morris, La Salle’s winningest coach with 238 victories was inducted into the LaSalle Hall of Athlete on January 23 and the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame on January 29. He entered the Big 5 all with fellow coaches John Chaney (Temple) and Rollie Massimino (Villanova).

The 1989-90 La Salle University men’s basketball team, which won a school record 30 games, was honored recently. The Explorers went 30-2 that season, including a perfect 16-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Association (MAAC). Led by National Player of the Year Lionel Simmons and future NBA players Doug Overton and Randy Woods, La Salle won 22 straight games before losing to Clemson, 79-75, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Dayton Flyers has four Top-50 RPI victories this season, Georgia Tech, Xavier, Old Dominion and Charlotte.

The Flyers have the 31st toughest strength of schedule in the NCAA.

Dayton is 12-0 this season when holding opponents to less than 60 points.

Dayton’s seven losses are by a total of 25 points. UD’s three non-conference losses are all by single-digit  margins to #3 Villanova, #11 Kansas State and #19 New Mexico. The Flyers’ four league losses are by a total of nine points. Each loss was a one-possession game in the final minute.

The Flyers celebrated their 500th win at UD Arena earlier this season. The Arena opened in 1969. UD Arena is one of just 27 active facilities to have hosted at least 500 wins for its home team, and only one of two built in 1969. The  others are Cameron Indoor Stadium, The Palestra, Pauley Pavilion, Freedom Hall, Allen Fieldhouse, The Pit at the University of New Mexico and Hinkle Fieldhouse. Only four facilities, Pauley Pavilion, The Pit, Freedom Hall and the Huntsman Center, had 500 wins faster than UD Arena.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced preliminary round sites for the 2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, and the tournament is returning to the University of Dayton Arena in each of those years. The NCAA First and Second Rounds will come back to Dayton in 2013. Additionally, the NCAA Opening Round Game.