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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

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

Parker, Dillard, Kavanaugh leads Flyers past Fairfield

 

ORLANDO, Fla. – Josh Parker scored 15 points off the bench to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 56-49 victory over the Fairfield Stags in the semifinals of the 2011 Old Spice Classic.

Dayton moves on to the championship game to face the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Kevin Dillard added 12 points (all in the second half) and three steals, while Matt Kavanaugh recorded five points and 11 rebounds to help the Flyers improve to 4-1 overall. Kavanaugh has 13 offensive rebounds in the tournament’s two games.

Matt Kavanaugh (megasportsnews.com photo)

With UD leading 51-49 with 1:02 remaining, Dillard converted a three-point play to extend the Flyers lead.

Holding a five-point advantage with 31 seconds to go, Dayton forced three missed Fairfield shots to clinch the victory.

After opening the Old Spice Classic with an offensive explosion, defense was the focal point in the Fairfield contest.

Dayton held the Stags to 18 percent shooting from three-point range with Fairfield converting only 2-of-11 attempts. UD also forced 14 turnovers and had seven steals.

After being held scoreless in the Wake Forest contest, Parker went 5-for-10 from the field and 3-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Josh Benson added nine points, while Chris Johnson and Paul Williams tallied five points apiece.

 

Game press release courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton grabs come-from-behind win over Wake Forest

 

Chris Johnson hit game-winning shot vs. Wake Forest

The Dayton Flyers won the biggest game so far in the career of first-year head coach Archie Miller.

The Flyers came from behind to beat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 80-76 in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on Thanksgiving night.

Columbus Brookhaven product Chris Johnson scored connected on the tie-breaking three-point basket with 34.5 seconds left to put the Flyers up 77-75. Paul Williams scored 18 points and hit the clinching free throw with 9.2 seconds.

Matt Kavanaugh scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and teammate Kevin Dillard scored 15 points for Dayton.

Paul Williams led UD with 18 points

The Demon Deacons Travis McKee led the way with 20 points and C.J. Harris knocked down 18.

Both teams records are 3-1.

 

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Photos by megasportsnews.com

Miami beats Miami Valley area rival Dayton in overtime

 

OXFORD, Ohio – Paul Williams scored a career high 20 points, but it was not enough in a 72-67 overtime loss to the Miami RedHawks.
Kevin Dillard added 11 points, six rebounds six assists and four steals as Dayton dropped to 1-1 overall. The loss also snapped the Flyers’ five-game winning streak against Miami.
In the 129th meeting between the two schools, Dayton shot 49 percent from the field, but committed 22 turnovers.
 

Kevin Dillard scored 11 points for Dayton (megasportsnews.com photo)

 

With the game tied at 57-57, Josh Benson hit a post lay in off the glass to put the Flyers ahead by two with 1:27 to go. His bucket snapped a six-minute scoreless stretch by UD.
The RedHawks answered with two free throws to tie the contest at 59-59. Neither team could convert on their final possessions to win in regulation.
In overtime, the RedHawks shot 50 percent in the extra frame. The closest Dayton would come to tying it was when UD trailed by two with 21 seconds remaining.
Other contributors for Dayton included Josh Benson with eight points and five rebounds, while Chris Johnson and Josh Parker added six points apiece.

Williams shot 8-of-13 from the field and 4-for-6 from three-point rang

 

Game Press Release courtesy of Dayton athletics

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