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Flyers’ Fabrizius earns MacBeth, Uhl awards in basketball


Luke Fabrizius (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

University of Dayton Flyers basketball player, Luke Fabrizius, a junior, received two honors at the team’s annual basketball banquet.

As the upperclassman on the team with the highest cumulative grade point average, he was presented with the John L. MacBeth Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. Fabrizius is a Finance and Business Economics double major. The Macbeth Scholar-Athlete Award is presented in memory of Dayton, Ohio businessman John L. MacBeth, and is sponsored by Mrs. John L. MacBeth and family. It has been awarded since 1959.

Fabrizius was also named this season’s winner of the Uhl Family Endowed Scholarship. Former Flyers Bill Uhl, Sr. and Bill Uhl, Jr., have endowed a men’s basketball scholarship that is given annually to be given to a returning Flyer basketball player. Originally awarded in 2003, it was the first endowed award of this type in the University of Dayton Athletics Division. It is given annually to the UD player who best exemplifies the qualities of good sportsmanship and character, and follows the University’s creed of “Learn, Lead and Serve” on and off the court.

Previous recipients have been Keith Waleskowski, Mark Jones, Warren Williams, Jimmy Binnie, Marcus Johnson, Kurt Huelsman and Devin Searcy.


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Chris Wright scores 30 to lead Dayton to win over scappy Western Carolina, 70-61

Chris Wright going in for a layup (courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Dayton forwards Chris Wright and Chris Johnson were the only flyers in double figure scoring, but that was just enough in defeating Western Carolina 71-60 Saturday night in UD Arena.

Wright equaled his career high 30 points, while Johnson scored 14 of his 15 points in the second half.

Western Carolina started out the game on a 5-0 run, but the Wright took the game over and got hot, scoring 12 of UD’s first 17 points.

WCU took another five-point lead with 1:54 left in the first half, but Dayton battled back to tie the game at 27-27 at the half as freshman Juwan Staten scored on a buzzer beater.

In the second half, Wright and Johnson took control and put the team on their backs, scoring a combined 31 points of the team’s second half total of 44, making 10 of their 14 field goal attempts. UD shot .625 (15 0f 24) from the floor and .867 (13-15) from the line in the second half.

Wright was a very consistent player, scoring his 30 points in just 27 minutes of playing time, and on just 13 field goal attempts. He made 10 of 13 field goals and 10 of 12 free throws. His 10 free throws matched his career high. He was also the game’s leading rebounder with eight.

During the game, Wright moved past Ed Young into Dayton’s Top 25 in career scoring. Wright now has 1,280 career points, six behind former teammate Marcus Johnson, who just graduated last year.

The moves UD to 8-3 on the season while the Catamounts drops to 4-9.

Western Carolina was led by redshirt freshman Trey Sumler, who had 15 points.

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THE PRESS BOX: Dayton Flyers men’s basketball graduated seven seniors on Sunday

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London Warren (UD)

Rob Lowery (UD)

Marcus Johnson (UD)

Mickey Perry (UD)

Kurt Huelsman (UD)

With London Warren graduating from the University of Dayton, it fulfills a promise he made after his grandmother passed away during his sophomore season.

For Rob Lowery, graduation is a blessing considering he is only one of two members of his family to have earned a college degree.

Graduation for Kurt Huelsman means continuing a family tradition. Huelsman becomes the fifth sibling in his family to earn a diploma from UD.

The seven Flyer seniors, Dan Fox, Luke Hendrick, Kurt Huelsman, Marcus Johnson, Rob Lowery, Mickey Perry and London Warren all walked across the stage on Sunday May 2, 2010 to receive their diplomas. The Class of 2010 will continue a long line of men’s student-athletes to graduate from Dayton.

Dan Fox (UD)

Luke Hendrick (UD)

Head coach Brian Gregory has a stunning record graduating all 23 seniors during his seven-year career as Dayton’s head coach.

For the record, the Dayton men’s basketball program has graduated every senior but one since 1979.

SOUNDS FROM THE PRESS BOX  1-on-1 Interview (To listen to the audio file, click on the link.)

44 878-44 881 Kurt Huelsman Dayton Flyers On ending career a champion, 7 seniors , setting games played record

44 882-44 885 Kurt Huelsman Dayton On close games, Brian Gregory, his role and Chris Wright

44 886-44 887 Kurt Huelsman Dayton Flyers On 4 years at UD and fans expectations of him

Dayton upsets North Carolina to win the 2010 NIT Championship

compiled from staff, wire reports and Dayton Athletics

Dayton mascot Rudy Flyer (UD)

Marcus Johnson scored 20 points and Dayton denied last season’s national champs another title, beating the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-68 Thursday night to win the NIT.

Relying on depth, defense, quickness and clutch 3-point shooting, the Flyers took home their first title in 42 years and handed North Carolina one more loss in a terrible season with an unheard of 17 losses.

Backup guard Paul Williams added 16 points for number 3 seed Dayton (25-12), which bounced back from a disappointing regular season of its own to win its third NIT title and first since 1968 under coach Don Donoher.

Chris Wright and Chris Johnson both had 14 points for the Flyers.

Picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference, the experienced, athletic and quick Flyers faded late in the season and missed the NCAA tournament before turning things around and finishing on a high note.

Columbus Ohio native Chris Johnson says, “We struggled through the season. But being in the NIT, the entire team stayed positive and we showed we have heart and character.  It shows we are a good team, we just won a championship.”  Johnson,  just a sophomore was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Devin Searcy slams one home (UD)

Will Graves shot North Carolina back into the game in the second, finishing with seven 3-point baskets and 25 points for the fourth-seeded Tar Heels (20-17), who started the season hoping for back-to-back NCAA titles.

North Carolina feel short in their attempt to grab  a dubious piece of college basketball history. A win Thursday night would have made them the first team to follow up an NCAA national championship with an NIT title the following year.

Dayton is a regular in the NIT field. This was their 22nd appearance, second only to St. John’s 27. The Flyers also won the NIT in 1962.

Marcus Johnson drives past defenders (UD)

Dayton downs Mississippi Rebels, 68-63 to advance to NIT Finals

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Dayton's Chris Johnson slams one on Ole Miss (UD photo)

Columbus Brookhaven graduate Chris Johnson scored 22 points, including five key free throws down the stretch, and the Flyers held off the Mississippi Rebels, 68-66 in the NIT semifinals Tuesday night.

This is the Flyers eighth appearance in the NIT championship game.  Dayton reached the finals five times in the 1950′s and won the tournament in 1962 under Tom Blackburn and 1968 under Don Donoher.

Marcus Johnson added 12 points for Dayton (24-12), who slowed down the Rebels high-scoring offense and advanced to the championship game for the first time since winning their second NIT in 1968. Mississippi was averaging 88 points per game but shot only 33.9 percent.  Dayton’s Chris Wright grabbed 12 rebounds.

The Flyers now have a chance to end a disappointing year on a high note. Picked to win the Atlantic 10 Conference in the preseason, the third-seeded Flyers will play Thursday night against the 2009 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.

The key play of the game came at the 3:09 mark when Ole Miss was making a comeback and they were hurt by a technical foul on Reginald Buckner. He and Chris Johnson got tied up going for a loose ball, and Buckner threw a right forearm to Chris Johnson’s throat as they were untangled. Chris Wright quickly sepaarated the two players before Chris Johnson hit both free throws, pushing Dayton’s lead to 64-58 and they got the ball.

Chris Johnson, coach Brian Gregory and Chris Wright (UD photo)

Terrico White scored 19 points for the second-seeded Rebels of head coach Andy Kennedy, who were eliminated in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden for the second time in three years. Ole Miss was beaten by eventual champion Ohio State in 2008.

Mississippi’s Murphy Holloway had a chance to tie the game at 64 with 35.8 seconds left. But he missed the second of two free throws, and the Rebels never scored again.

The “Jacksonville Jet,” London Warren hit one of two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining, extending Dayton’s lead to two. Trevor Gaskins drove through the lane for Ole Miss but came up short on a twisting layup, and the Flyers grabbed the rebound.

Chris Johnson’s two free throws made it 67-63 with 11.2 seconds to play. On the very next play London Warren knocked the ball out of Chris Warren’s hands and out of bounds. Chris Johnson then stole the inbounds pass, got fouled and hit one of two free throws for the final margin.

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