Dayton Flyers Men’s Basketball Closes The Regular Season At Home against always-tough VCU

By Chris Garvin

3 8 2024




DAYTON — The University of Dayton men’s basketball team, ranked 25th in this week’s AP poll, will close the regular season Friday by hosting VCU on Senior Night.  Game time is 7  p.m. ET.  Dayton is 23-6 overall and third in the A-10 at 13-4.  UD’s four league losses are by a total of 16 points.

The game will be carried by WHIO Radio, televised on ESPN2 and streamed on ESPN+. Streaming audio, video and live stats are available at

Dayton won at Saint Louis 100-83 Tuesday.  UD scored two points in the first five minutes, and then 47 in the last 15 minutes of the first half.  UD tied its single-game record for treys with 18.  DaRon Holmes II led all scorers with 25 points (along with 13 rebounds and five assists), while Koby Brea and Kobe Elvis had 21.  Enoch Cheeks also had double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Nate Santos added 10.

• Anthony Grant is on the Naismith National Coach of the Year the Late-Season Watch List, and will be recognized as an NABC Guardian of the Game at this year’s Final Four.
• 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 four 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) the USBWA Oscar Robertson Watch List (top 40) and the Karl Malone Award (finalist).
• Holmes leads the A-10 in scoring (20.1) and UD in rebounding (8.2).  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 (210) and dunks (232).
• He the only player in D-I who has more than 60 blocks, 60 dunks and 60 assists this season.  Holmes has 63, 62 and 75 respectively.   Holmes also has 29 threes and is shooting .387 (29-75) 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 five 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 .488 (80-164).
• As a team, Dayton is fourth in D-I in 3-pt. FG% (.402, 276-686).  The school record is .392.
• Brea is third at UD in career 3-pt. FG% (.429, 209-487).  Norm Grevey is second (.432).
• Kobe 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 leads the A-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.4) by nearly a full assist (2.6).
• Enoch Cheeks has scored in double figures in seven of the last nine games (twice in first 20).
• Dayton leads the A-10 in scoring defense (65.7 ppg.).  Richmond is second (66.1).
• 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.

• UD is locked in as the third seed in next week’s Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship.
• The Flyers’ first game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET.