Dayton Flyers News: Men’s Basketball Earns Exhibition Win Over Cedarville 75-40

By Bane Rossi





DAYTON – The University of Dayton men’s basketball team defeated Cedarville University in their final exhibition game of the preseason by a score of 75-40 Saturday afternoon at the University of Dayton Arena.

Kobe Elvis

The Flyers put on an impressive overall display, led by DaRon Holmes II and Kobe Elvis, who contributed 18 and 12 points respectively. Javon Bennett added 10 points.  On the offensive end, Dayton had eleven individuals score and 23 points from the bench. The Flyer defense shined as they held Cedarville to 40 points on 26% shooting overall and just 11% from beyond the arc.

First Half – Dayton 34, Cedarville 16
  • DaRon Holmes II started the Flyers’ scoring with a dunk in traffic following a successful pick-and-roll with Kobe Elvis. Holmes then went on to score the first five points for the Flyers.
  • Dayton’s defense started the game strong, holding Cedarville’s offense scoreless for the first four minutes of the game.
  • Following the first media timeout, Enoch Cheeks converted his first field goal with a strong drive to the hoop. Giving the Flyers a 9-7 lead.
  • Zimi Nwokeji entered the game for the Flyers and quickly made an impact as he buried the first three for the Flyers.
  • Through 10 minutes of action, Dayton’s defense stayed sound holding Cedarville to only nine points as they shot 29% from the field.
  • At the 10:41 mark, Isaac Jack entered the game for the first time and made his presence felt with four points and a blocked shot.
  • Dayton’s offense found its stride as they went on a 14-3 offense run, thanks to a three-pointer from Elvis, and a steal from Malachi Smith which led to a Holmes fast break dunk. Bringing Dayton’s lead to 12 (26-14) with 5:52 remaining in the half.
  • The Flyer defense continued to dominate as they held Cedarville to just 16 points on 18.9% shooting 7-37 from the field and 1-21 from three, through 20 minutes of play.
  • Dayton entered into the half leading by a score of 34-16. Eight Flyers were able to put points on the board with Holmes leading the way with eight.

Second Half – Dayton 75, Cedarville 40

  • After two scoreless possessions, Elvis was able to convert on a three for the Flyer’s first points of the half. With 17:50 remaining in the contest Dayton led 39-19.
  • Dayton scored on back-to-back possessions thanks to a strong finish at the hoop by Smith and a fast slam by Cheeks pushing the lead to 26.
  • Dayton’s defense continued to be too much for Cedarville as they were only able to score three points through five minutes of action.
  • Javon Bennett checked in for the Flyers and made a strong move to the basket with an impressive finish to score his first points of the afternoon.
  • At the 12-minute media timeout, the Flyers led 49-21.
  • Following the media timeout, Bennett continued to score as he hit two threes to extend the Flyers lead to 29 with 9:21 to play.
  • After coming back into the game, Holmes scored on back-to-back possessions followed by an Elvis three as the Flyers led 62-31 with 6:49 remaining.
  • Elvis and Holmes continued to lead the way for the Flyers as Elvis threw a perfect alley-oop to Holmes. That was Holmes’s 18th point on the afternoon and Elvis’s third assist.
  • Marvel Allen joined in on the scoring, becoming the tenth Flyer to score, as he exploded to the rim and laid it in. With 2:50 remaining the Flyers led 68-40.
  • Will Maxwell capped the scoring with a long-range three in the waning moments of the contest, putting Dayton ahead 75-40.


  • 18 – Points scored by Holmes, leading all scorers.
  • 12 – Rebounds for Holmes, giving him the game’s high as well as a double-double.
  • 29 – Kobe Elvis was +29 for the game, with 12 points, three assists (with zero turnovers), while making four-of-six three-pointers.
  • 40 – Dayton scored the first two points of the game and never looked back, leading for all 40 minutes of action.
  • 11 – Flyers that scored in the contest.
  • 15 – Assists for the Flyers.
  • 42 – UD won the battle of the boards 42-34.
  • 10 – Dayton forced turnovers.
  • 26% – Shooting for Cedarville as a result of strong Flyer defense.
  • 13,407 – The exhibition was again a sellout.
  • The Flyers will kick off their regular season at home vs. SIUE on Monday, Nov. 6.
  • Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.