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Archie Miller named new men’s basketball coach at Dayton

Archie Miller meets the media and players (courtesy of UD athletics)

The University of Dayton has selected one of the top young assistant coaches in college basketball today to its new basketball coach, naming Ryan “Archie” Miller.

The 32-year-old Miller comes to Dayton from the University of Arizona where as Associate Head Coach he helped the Wildcats to a 30-8 season that ended with an Elite Eight berth. Miller succeeds Brian Gregory, who was named head coach at Georgia Tech last week.

Miller has a recent connection to two teams that just missed the Final Four this season. Prior to the last two years at Arizona, he was at Ohio State for two seasons.

Miller is the 19th coach in Dayton history, and just the sixth Flyer coach in the last 64 years. The others include Tom Blackburn, Don Donoher, Jim O’Brien, Oliver Purnell and Brian Gregory.

Miller will be taking over a UD team which enjoyed its fourth straight 20-win season in 2010-11. Dayton will return three starters-Chris Johnson, Paul Williams and Josh Benson-from the team that was 22-14 and played in the NIT after reaching the championship game of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Dayton Flyers begin NIT Title defense at College of Charleston

(courtesy of Dayton athletics)

(courtesy of NIT via wikipedia commons)

The defending National Invitation Tournament Champion Dayton Flyers will be able to defend their title as one of 32 teams selected to the 2011 NIT.

UD earned the #3 seed and will begin on the road to take on #6 seed College of Charleston tonight (Tuesday, March 15) beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Dayton enters the 2011 NIT as the #3 seed in its region, but goes on the road to Charleston, South Carolina due to UD Arena hosting the NCAA First Four. During last year’s NIT Championship run, the Flyers won at Cincinnati, at Illinois and in Madison Square garden against Ole Miss and North Carolina.

The College of Charleston, 24-10 overall, won the Southern Conference regular season championship. The Cougars led by 2011 SoCon Player of the Year, Andrew Goudelock.

The Southern Conference is Appalachian State, UT-Chattanooga, The Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, Samford, North Carolina-Greensboro, Western Carolina and Wofford.

UD is attempting to be the third team to win the NIT Championship in back-to-back seasons.

The Flyers’ NIT history is rich with success. Last season was Dayton’s third NIT title. UD previously won the NIT in 1962 and 1968. Last year was also UD’s 22nd appearance in the postseason NIT.

The Dayton, Ohio school has been the runner-up five times and showcases a 40-20 all-time record. Head Coach Brian Gregory is 7-1 all-time in the NIT. Dayton’s 22 NIT appearances are second only to St. John’s 27 berths.

The Flyers reached the finals five times in the 1950′s and won the tournament in 1962 under coach Tom Blackburn and 1968 under coach Don Donoher.

Info courtesy of Dayton athletics)

Dayton wins thrilling double-overtime game against New Mexico Lobos

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE


Chris Wright drives past New Mexico (photo by ism media courtesy of Dayton athletics)

The Dayton men’s basketball team opened 2011 with non-conference play with a thrilling double-overtime 76-73 win over New Mexico at UD Arena.

Four Flyers accounted for 64 of Dayton’s 76 total points as each scored over 15, led by senior forward Chris Wright with his sixth double-double of the season on 17 points and 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high rebound mark.

Paul Williams, Josh Parker and Chris Johnson each drained four 3-point field goals. Williams and Parker finished with 16 points and Johnson chipped in with 15. It is the first time this season that UD has had four players with 15 points or more.

The Flyers shot 45 percent (13-29) from the three-point line to New Mexico’s 4-of-16 shooting from long range. Dayton out-rebounded the 18-7 on the offensive rebounds.

Dayton improves to 12-3 and extended its winning streak to five games. The Lobos fall to 11-3.

New Mexico guard Dairese Gary led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

The game marked the sixth time that Dayton has come back to win after trailing at the half and the third win after trailing by at least 12 this season. New Mexico led 38-32 at the break with a 46 shooting percentage and making 13-of-16 free throw attempts. Of the Flyers 32 first-half points, 21 came from 3-point range.

Dayton opened the second half with a 12-4 run, topped off by a put-back slam dunk from Wright to tie the game at 44-all. Sophomore Matt Kavanaugh gave the home team their first lead of the game at 47-46 with 11 minutes remaining after completing an old-fashioned 3-point play.

New Mexico used a 6-0 run to force the second overtime of the season for Dayton.

The two teams tied at 71 at the end of the first overtime.

Dayton took control in the second overtime. Paul Williams’ 3-pointer proved to be the only field goal from either team of the period. As UD outscored New Mexico 5-2 for the second overtime win of the season.

NEW MEXICO LOBOS GAME NOTES

* Steve Alford, the former Indiana point guard, is the head coach at New Mexico. He is 87-29 in his 4th year.

* The Lobos are 11-3 overall, 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road.

* The series with Dayton is tied 2-2.

* The Lobos are 13-10 vs. Atlantic 10 Conference teams. Dayton is a member of the A-10.

* Kendall Williams is one of the top freshman players in the country with 12.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg and 4.6 apg.

* New Mexico has not lost a home game in December since December 22, 2004 vs. #5 Wake Forest, 64-61. Alford is 16-0. Overall, its 20 straight home games in a row.

* Dairese Gary is 4th on the Mountain West Conference assists list with 448, trailing Richie Williams of San Diego State University who played from 2005-2009.

* Dairese Gary has started 109 straight games for New Mexico.

* Steve Alford record of 87-29 .757 winning percentage and 2 conference titles is better than that of past Lobos coaches: Norm Ellenberger, Gary Colson and Dave Bliss in four years on the job.

* The Lobos 27-16 63% on the road under Steve Alford. They were 10-2 in 2009-10. In the Mountain West Conference is 16-8 with a winning percentage of 67 %.

* The Lobos are predicted to finish 3rd in the Mountain West behind San Diego State and BYU.

* The Lobos are in their 108th season, having been established on February 2, 1900. Actually, it’s the 111th season, but they had no teams in 1900-01, 1903-04, 1917-18 and 1920-21. But they’ve been playing regularly since 1921-22 with 1,350-1,025 with a winning percentage of .568, has 29 postseason bids, 11 NCAA 11 NIT.

* In 2009-2010, the Lobos were 30-5, 14-2 in the MWC. They played in the NCAA, beating Montana and losing to Washington.

* The University of New Mexico is located in Albuquerque.

* Steve Alford has signed a deal that will keep him at New Mexico until 2020.

* Dairese Gary is the only senior.

* the Lobos only lost two players after last season, Darlington Hobson and Roman Martinez.

* Steve Alford in 3 years in the Mountain West Conference, has finished 3rd, 1st place tie and 1st.

* Coach Alford’s seven figure salary is rare at a Mountain West Conference school. But ticket sales and donations have gone up from $5.4 million to $7.1 million since he took over the basketball team.

* Coach Alford is just five wins away from 400 in his career.

DAYTON FLYERS GAME NOTES

* The Flyers rank 24th in the NCAA in rebounding and lead the Atlantic 10 Conference with 41.0 rebounds per game.

* Chris Wright is the most widely-recognized Flyers player. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the 2010-11 Naismith Trophy, 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and John Wooden Award. Wright leads Dayton in scoring (13.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg).

* Chris Wright was a member of this past summer’s USA Basketball Select Team, Chris Wright has 1,333 career points and has passed Chip Hare for 23rd place on UD’s all-time scoring list. He is also second all-time in blocks with 126 and 15th in rebounding.

* Head coach Brian Gregory is 36-20 in the month of January since he became the head coach at Dayton.

* Dayton is picked to finish 4th in this season’s Atlantic 10 Conference race behind  Temple, Xavier and Richmond.

* Head coach Brian Gregory, believe it or not has moved into third place on the Flyers all-time coaching wins list with 163 wins. He trails UD Hall of Famers Don Donoher (437) and Tom Blackburn (352).

* The Flyers are tough at home, especially over the past four years on Tom Blackburn Court at UD Arena at 72-8. The 72 wins are the fifth-most in the NCAA since the 2006-07 season. Ahead of Dayton are Kansas (81), Ohio State (78), Pittsburgh (77) and Syracuse (75) and Florida is tied with Dayton.

POST GAME PRESS CONFERENCE FROM DAYTON FLYERS LOCKER ROOM (To listen to an audio file click on the link)

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46 270 Josh Parker Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

46 278 Josh Benson Dayton Flyers (V-Teck)

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

Courtesy of Dayton Flyers Athletics

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.