Dayton Flyers News: With 1st Place in A-10 on the line, Men’s Basketball Travels To Richmond for 6 PM Matchup on CBS Sports Network

By Stretch Jenkinson

1 27 2024




DAYTON — First place in the Atlantic 10 Conference will be on the line Saturday when the University of Dayton men’s basketball team, ranked 16th in the AP poll and 17th in the Coaches poll, travels to Richmond.  Both teams are 6-0 in conference play so far.  Game time is 6:00 p.m. ET.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised on CBS Sports Network and streamed on the CBS Sports App. Streaming audio, video and live stats are available at

Dayton, 16-2 overall, improved to 6-0 in the Atlantic 10 and won its 13th straight game Tuesday at La Salle 66-54.  DaRon Holmes II led four Flyers in double digits with 22 points.  Javon Bennett and Nate Santos each scored 13 points, and Kobe Elvis added 10.

• UD’s 13-game winning streak is the longest active streak in Division I.
• Dayton was the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 in the annual vote of the league’s coaches and selected media.  The Flyers received 20 of the 25 first-place votes cast.
• UD’s 12-game win streak is its longest since 20 in 2019-20. It is currently third in D-I.
• DaRon Holmes II was named Preseason First Team All-Atlantic 10 and to the Preseason All-Defensive Team.  He was the only player on the first team and the defensive team.
• Holmes was on three prestigious preseason watch lists — Atlanta Tip-Off Club’s Naismith Award, the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Karl Malone Award.
• Holmes leads the A-10 in scoring (19.6) and UD in rebounding (7.6).  He is the only player in the league’s Top 10 in scoring, rebounding, FG%, 3-pt. FG% and blocked shots.
• Holmes is now the Dayton career record holder for blocked shots (187) and dunks (214).
• He is the only player in D-I who has more than 40 blocks, 40 dunks and 40 assists.  Holmes has 40, 43 and 48 respectively.   Holmes also has 19 threes and is shooting .432 (19-44) from deep.  He had a total of seven made threes in his first two seasons at UD.
• Holmes was named the National Player of the Week by NCAA March Madness after a 33-point, 12-rebounds game at Duquesne, and has been A-10 Player of the Week three times.
• Nate Santos was named to the Charleston Classic All-Tournament Team.  UD finished second in Charleston.  He was also named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week on Nov. 20.
• Santos needed 10 games to match what he scored in two years at Pitt (116 points in 54 G).
• Koby Brea is second in the D-I in 3-pt. FG% (min. 2.5/game.).  Brea is shooting .486 (51-105).
• As a team, Dayton is sixth in D-I in 3-pt. FG% (.401, 173-431).  The school record is .392.
• Brea is fourth at UD in career 3-pt. FG% (.417, 175-420).  Negele Knight is third (.425).
• Kobe Elvis was named the A-10 Co-Player of the Week after scoring 27 points in the UC win.  He was 14-for-14 from the line in that game, the third-best single-game performance at UD.
• Elvis missed his first free throw of the season, and made his next 37, breaking old the UD record held by Damon Goodwin and Darrell Davis. Elvis is four FTM short of being ranked.
• Malachi Smith was injured seven minutes into the opener, and is out for the rest of the year.

• Dayton’s next game is at home on Tuesday, Jan. 30 against George Washington at 7 p.m. ET.