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Posts Tagged ‘Savannah State.’

Cincinnati Bearcats win at Oklahoma proves point to critics

The college basketball experts, or that is what they call themselves, were very critcal of the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball team eventhough they were 9-0 heading into their matchup at Oklahoma last weekend.

Their games were mostly blowouts against mid-major schools. The only teams that were good on their schedule were Dayton (9-3) and Wright State (7-5), two schools 50 miles up the road, north of their campus. UC beat Dayton on a night when the Flyers couldn’t buy a basket and they barely escaped a scrappy Wright State team.

The other opponents that they beat included, Carleton University, Indiana University-Southeast, Mount St. Mary’s, Indiana/Purdue-Ft. Wayne, Florida A&M, Savannah State, Toledo, Utah Valley and Georgia Southern. You can see why the critics were overlooking their 9-0 record.

The Bearcats went into Oklahoma City last Saturday and beat the Oklahoma Sooners in the 75th All-College Basketball Classic, 66-56 to win the championship trophy.

Mick Cronin (file photo)

The Bearcats had passed their first test against a team from a major Conference. They showed Big 12 member Oklahoma and the 10,625 fans at Oklahoma City Arena that they are indeed a solid basketball team.

The Bearcats entered the game as one of only nine unbeaten teams left in the country and left it at 10-0.

UC led for most of the game but had to overcome several comeback attempts by the Sooners, who fall to 5-6. The last attempt by Oklahoma came near the end of the game when they cut a 12-point UC lead down to seven with 1:22 to go.

Cincinnati iced the game by sinking nine of 10 free throws in the final 1:06.

The Bearcats relied on their defense, holding Oklahoma to 33.3 percent shooting and their lowest shooting percentage of the season.

Yancy Gates scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds despite missing all but five minutes of the first half with foul trouble. But despite that, Gates was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player. He scored nine of his 11 points in crucial situations in the second half.

compiled from staff, Cincinnati & Oklahoma athletics news

Dayton Flyers blowout Florida A&M, 80-60

Photos courtesy of Dayton athletics

Guard Josh Parker

Josh Parker shooting open shot

The Dayton Flyers improved to 5-0 for the third time during the Brian Gregory era with an 80-60 victory over the Florida A&M Rattlers in the Global Sports Main Event game at UD Arena.

Junior guard Josh Parker led all scorers with a Dayton-high 18 points on four 3-point field goals. Freshman Juwan Staten recorded the Flyers’ first point-assist double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 assists.

Flyer freshman Brandon Spearman reached double-digit points for the first time, with a career-high 10.

Senior Chris Wright was very efficient, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

Dayton, playing in its third game in five days, notched a 20-point win, the largest margin of victory this season. The Flyers forced 20 turnovers and had 28 field goals on 22 assists.

The Dayton bench out-scored the Rattlers 42-21-more than half of the Flyers’ 80 points-as all 15 Flyers who dressed for the game had a chance to play.

Florida A&M (2-3) was led by forward Yannick Crowder’s 15 points. The Rattlers were the second-straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team UD has faced after defeating Savannah State in the previous game.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics

Dayton slips past Savannah State, 61-59

In the world of NCAA Division I basketball, fans may not know much about Savannah State. For years they were a powerhouse in Division II and III but recently moved up to play with the big teams.

12,153 fans in the UD Arena had to hold their collective breaths as the Flyers barely escaped with a 61-59 win over the school from Savannah, Georgia in the Global Sports Main Event. The win was the second in the four-game tournament for Dayton.

Paul Williams (courtesy of UD athletics)

Savannah State, now 1-5, were led by senior Jovonni Shuler who scored 17 first half points to lead the Tigers to a 37-34 halftime advantage. Shuler was held scoreless in the second half as Dayton’s defensive effort held Savannah State to 32 percent shooting. Sophomore Preston Blackmon also finished with a game-high 17 points for the Tigers.

Dayton junior guard Paul Williams led the way with a season-high 15 points as the Flyers notched it’s 39th consecutive non-conference win at home.

Dayton, now 4-0, finished 24-of-37 from the free throw line to the Tigers 13-of-15. But down the stretch in the second half, UD converted on 10 of its last 12 trips to the foul line to ensure a two-point win.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics