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FIRST FOUR, Game 4 at Dayton, South Florida 65 California 54; Bulls dominate

 

(courtesy of South Florida athletics via wikipedia commons)

DAYTON, OHIO — Members of the media and fans of the South Florida Bulls criticize the team for the way they play offense of slowing the ball down when they have the horses to play uptempo.

Head coach Stan Heath believes that slowing the game down is the way to go against the horses in the Big East.

Who’s to argue with Heath, after all, they won 20 regular season games and gained a berth in the NCAA’s FIRST FOUR.

Coach Heath’s formula worked on Wednesday night against the California Golden Bears of the Pac-12 Conference.

The Bulls ran all over the court, scoring on three’s, layups, fast breaks, free throws and offensive rebounds en route to a 65-54 win at UD Arena.

The halftime score was 36-13 USF, which was unbelievable the fans and media at the game.

Those 13 points allowed by South Florida in the first half, ties for the seventh fewest since the NCAA tournament expanded in 1985, according to info from STATS LLC.

Cal ‘s top players Justin Cobbs, Jorge Gutierrez, Allen Crabbe were all bottled up by the Bulls defense. They only player who solved it was Harper Kamp, who scored 19 points.

The Bulls were led by Victor Rudd Jr., with 15 points, followed by Anthony Collins with 12, Augustus Gilchrist chipping in with 11 and Jawanza Poland with 10.

South Florida shot the ball well all game, 66% in the first half and 57% for the game.

The crowd of 7,218 were entertained by the slam-dunking, fast-breaking, helter-skelter play of the Bulls.

GAME NOTES

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*The win was the first in the NCAA tournament for South Florida.

*This was South Florida’s first berth in the NCAA since 1992.

* The Bulls were the only Big East team without an NCAA win before Wednesday’s game.

*Stan Heath was named Big East Coach of the Year after taking the Bulls to a projected 14th place finish to a final spot of sixth in the regular season.

* The Bulls were 12-6 in the Big East, their best record ever.

* Cal played in its 17th NCAA Tournament.

* With 24 wins this season, Cal joins the 1960 team which reached the NCAA Championship game with a 28-2 mark.

* Jorge Gutierrez was the 2011-2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

 

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FIRST FOUR, Game 1 at Dayton: W. Kentucky 59 Miss. Valley State 58

 

President Obama & Prime Minister Cameron in attendance (megasportsnews.com)

(courtesy of Western Kentucky athletics via wikipedia commons)

DAYTON, OHIO — With President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron in attendance, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, 59-58 in the first game of the 74th NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Championship.

The Delta Devils led by as many as 16 points, (53-37) in the second half.

The Hilltoppers went on a 22-5 run in the last five minutes to wins its 19th tournament game.

The 15-point deficit by the Hilltoppers with 5 minutes to go was the biggest in that time frame. Before that, the deficit was Illinois coming back to beat Missouri in the 2005 Elite Eight.

T.J. Ford and Derrick Gordon led Western Kentucky with 11 points each. While George Fant and Gordon led the way on the boards with 11 each.

The Hilltoppers are in their 22nd NCAA and have a record of 19-22. Their last win coming in 2009.

Head coach Ray Harper, who took over in the middle of the season, is now 11-7.

Western Kentucky, champions of the Sun Belt Conference, are 16-18 on the season. The only team in the tourney with a losing record.

Mississippi Valley State ends the season at 21-13. They earned their way into the tournament by winning the fifth Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in their history.

They drop to 0-5 in the NCAA tournament.

The Delta Devils were led by Kevin Burwell with 20 points, William Pugh with 11 and Cor-J Cox with 10.

The Delta Devils were outrebounded 60-32 in the game.

Their head coach is Sean Woods, who played at Kentucky who graduated in 1992. He is one of college basketball’s “Unforgettables” from the Kentucky team which lost to Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final.

The game was the 88th NCAA Championship game hosted by UD Arena, spanning 33 years (1970-2012). The home of the Dayton Flyers became the most-used site in the NCAA Tournament’s history last year while hosting the First Four. UD Arena passed Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium which 83 games from 1940-1964.

 

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

Flyers ruin Grant’s return to alma mater; dump Alabama 74-62

DAYTON, Ohio – Senior Chris Johnson scored a season-high 20 points and senior Josh Parker added a season-high 17 points to lead the University of Dayton in an upset of No. 16/15 Alabama 74-62 Wednesday night at UD Arena in front of a crowd of 13,102.

The game saw the return to Dayton by Alabama head coach Anthony Grant, who played for legendary Flyers coach Don Donoher from 1983-1987. The 45-year-old Grant has also been a head coach at Virginia Commonwealth. He received a warm welcome and standing ovation when recognized by the public address announcer during the introduction of the Crimson Tide starting lineup prior to tip-off.

Anthony Grant arriving in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2009 (photo by Rtr10 via wikipedia commons)

Junior Kevin Dillard chipped in 14 points, six assists and a career- and game-high eight rebounds for Dayton. Redshirt junior Josh Benson was the fourth Flyer to score in double figures with 11 points.

The Flyers improve to 6-3 overall, while the Tide are now 7-2, losing their second consecutive game after falling 57-55 to Georgetown on Dec. 1.

Prior to defeating the nationally-ranked Tide on Wednesday, the Flyers’ last win against a ranked opponent was No. 14 Xavier, 71-58, on Feb. 11, 2009 at UD Arena. Dayton has now won nine of their last 10 games against BCS opponents and is 15-5 in the last five seasons against BCS foes.

Alabama scored the first basket of the night and led 6-4 with 17:13 to play, but Johnson’s jumper with 16:54 to play evened the score and Matt Kavanaugh’s free throws at 15:46 put the Flyers up for good. In fact, UD went up by as much as 16 in the first half, 38-22, after a Johnson three-pointer at the 2:07 mark.

The Tide closed out the half with a 5-0 run, but Dayton led 38-27 at the break. The Flyers shot 64 percent with Parker leading the way on 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc for a team-high 12 points at the half. Benson was also automatic, knocking down 4-of-5 field goal attempts.

The Crimson Tide shot just 39.3 percent in the first period. Tony Mitchell paced Alabama with 12 at the half. UD and Alabama were even in three major categories at the break: rebounds (13), turnovers (6) and assists (8).

Dayton’s largest lead of the game was by 17 points after a Benson jumper gave the Flyers a 46-29 lead with 17:33 left in the game.

Alabama got within four points (57-53) with 7:42 to play, but the Flyers hit 4-of-5 from behind the arc down the stretch to pull away, including back-to-back treys by Dillard to boost Dayton’s lead back to double digits.

Dillard knocked down 3-of-4 free throws to give Dayton a 15-point lead, 74-59, with 41 seconds to go.

The Flyers are only the third team to put up 60+ points against the Crimson Tide this season.

 

Portions of article aided from Dayton athletics game press release

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