Dayton Flyers News: #16 Men’s Basketball Goes Back On The Road Wednesday, Visiting George Mason

By R.G. Mason

2 21 2024




Game Time is 7 P.M. ET


DAYTON — The University of Dayton men’s basketball team, ranked 16th in both the AP and Coaches polls this week, is on the road Wednesday, visiting George Mason in Fairfax, Va.  Game time is 7  p.m. ET.  Dayton is 21-4 overall and tied for first in the A-10 with Loyola with an 11-2 record.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised by MASN and streamed on ESPN+. Streaming audio, video and live stats are available at

Dayton held off Fordham 78-70 on Saturday in a game that had 10 lead changes in the first 25 minutes of action.  DaRon Holmes II had his third straight double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Javon Bennett had 14 points, Enoch Cheeks added 12 and Nate Santos had 11.

• 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 is on three prestigious preseason watch lists — Atlanta Tip-Off Club’s Naismith Award (Mid-Season Top 30), the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s John R. Wooden Award (Late Season Top 20) and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame’s Karl Malone Award (finalist).
• Holmes leads the A-10 in scoring (20.0) and UD in rebounding (8.0).  He is the only player in the league’s Top Five in scoring, rebounding, FG%, and blocked shots.
• Holmes is now the Dayton career record holder for blocked shots (202) and dunks (226).
• He is the only player in D-I who has more than 50 blocks, 50 dunks and 50 assists.  Holmes has 55, 56 and 63 respectively.   Holmes also has 24 threes and is shooting .369 (24-65) from deep.  He had just seven threes in his first two years at UD.
• He has been national player of the week three times (March Madness, USBWA Robertson Trophy, Lute Olson Award) and has been A-10 Player of the Week four times in conference play.
• 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 leads the nation in 3-pt. FG% (min. 2.5/game.).  Brea is shooting .486 (70-146).
• As a team, Dayton is eighth in D-I in 3-pt. FG% (.390, 228-584).  The school record is .392.
• Brea is fourth at UD in career 3-pt. FG% (.423, 194-459).  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.
• Javon Bennett and Elvis are 1-2 in the A-10 in A/T ratio (3.3 & 2.7). • Enoch Cheeks has scored in double figures in four of the last five games (twice in first 20).
• Dayton leads the A-10 in scoring defense (64.3 ppg.).  VCU is second (65.5).
• Malachi Smith was injured seven minutes into the opener, and after successful surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, is out for the rest of the year.

• The Flyers are back home against Davidson on Tuesday, Feb. 27.  Game time is 7 p.m. ET.