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Dayton Basketball Game #2

Dayton Flyers (2-0) 62
Delaware State Hornets
(0-2 vs. Division 1 opponents) 42
Wednesday, November 19
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

The Dayton Flyers continued their young season with a much more impressive win over the Delaware State Hornets on Wednesday night. This win was an impressive all-around showcase for the entire team, much unlike the way the Flyers started the season against Wofford on Sunday. Coming into the game, I looked to the Flyers to improve their team rebounding statistics after being out-performed 35-29 by the smaller Wofford Terries, as well as improving their overall efficiency on offense after a very sloppy start to the season. They did both of these things in resounding fashion, as a 36-12 run spanning nearly 20 minutes helped the Flyers break free and hold on for good.

After game one against Wofford, I felt that there would be no way this team could beat anyone in Division 1 by 15 points or more. Their rebounding was sub-par, their offense didn’t click at all, and if it were not for 16 unforced turnovers, they very easily could have lost their season opener in shocking fashion. Against 2005-2007 MEAC regular season champions Delaware State, however, the Dayton Flyers proved that they are very much worthy of their third place finish in a preseason Atlantic-10 poll. They looked incredibly athletic and capable of turning it on full-speed on both sides of the ball in this one, and their entire offense was built on their steady on-ball defense led by the superb play of point guards London Warren and Rob Lowery.

Official Dayton recap: “BRIAN GREGORY REWARDED WITH 100TH CAREER WIN
Official Delaware State recap: “DAYTON FLYS PAST HORNETS, 62-42″

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 62, Delaware St. 42” Continue reading

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | Leave a comment

Dayton Basketball Game #1

Dayton Flyers (1-0) 52
Wofford
Terriers (0-1) 49
Sunday, November 16
UD Arena, Dayton, OH

The Dayton Flyers kicked off their season Sunday evening against the Wofford Terriers of the Southern Conference. The Flyers had high hopes heading into this season with the healthy return of sophomore Chris Wright and several other key players, but they barely managed to come away with a win in game one at UD Arena. In a very sloppy game filled with turnovers, missed shots, and lost opportunities, the Flyers managed to come away with a 52-49 victory.

As low scoring as this game was, it also provided for a very interesting first look at the 2008-2009 Flyers basketball team in comparison to what Dayton had last season. Last year, only seven times did the Flyers score less than 60 points, and they went 3-4 in those games (20-7 otherwise). In this one, it took a monster performance from both Wright, and junior Marcus Johnson to finish with the victory.

Official Dayton recap: “MEN’S BASKETBALL WINS FOURTH CONSECUTIVE HOME OPENER, 52-49
Official Wofford recap: “Men’s Basketball Opens Season With 52-49 Loss At Dayton”

Official ESPN recap: “Dayton 52, Wofford 49”

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November 17, 2008 Posted by | College Basketball, Dayton Flyers | , | 1 Comment