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Dayton Basketball Game #4

Dayton Flyers (4-0) 71
Mercer Bears (2-2 vs. Division 1 opponents) 53
Tuesday, November 25
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

This was supposed to be the first trap game of the year for the young Dayton Flyers men’s basketball team: a tough game against an upstart mid-major just two days after an easy victory over Bethune-Cookman. Mercer came into this game out-rebounding their opponents by a margin of 15.5 on the year, and in victories over SEC opponents Alabama and Auburn last week, they had an offensive rebounding advantage of over 20% (46.0 to 24.4% average). Dayton has been getting better over the last few games, but I don’t think that anybody would say that we could easily beat any SEC team right now. The Flyers had looked good enough to be competitive within the framework of the Atlantic-10 this season, but I was doubtful that they would be one of the best mid-majors in the nation. This game cemented the Flyers role as one of the top mid-majors in the nation.

In another high-flying evening at UD Arena, Chris Wright and company soared off to a 48-26 halftime lead in a game they never trailed. If someone had told me before the game that in the end, Mercer would have 13 more free throw attempts, and would force four more turnovers, I would have seriously doubted our ability to win this game. Yet in the end, the tenacious defense that has been a staple in the early going of 2008-2009 came through when necessary and the Flyers prevailed 71-53.

Mercer recap
: “Shooting Woes Prove Costly as Dayton Tops Bears”

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 71, Mercer 53” Continue reading

November 27, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment