Dayton snaps four-game losing streak with win over George Washington (VIDEO)

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Archie Miller’s Dayton Flyers, having lost their last four games, needed to knock off George Washington in the worst way on Saturday afternoon. During much of non-conference play the Flyers had the look of a team capable of factoring into the Atlantic 10 race, but things hadn’t worked out that way through their first six league games.

That fortune changed on Saturday, with the Flyers winning 75-65. Devin Oliver led a balanced offensive effort with 17 points (and nine rebounds), and as a team the Flyers assisted on 18 of their 24 made field goals. Dayton was at its best offensively in the first half, shooting 50% from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc to open up a 38-29 lead at the intermission.

Isaiah Armwood scored 19 points to lead the way for George Washington, which played without injured starters Maurice Creek, Joe McDonald and Kethan Savage on Saturday afternoon.

How big was this win for a team that entered the game 1-5 in Atlantic 10 play? With their next two games, George Mason and St. Bonaventure (which beat UMass earlier this week), being on the road Dayton could have been in serious trouble without a win over the Colonials. Offensive balance and solid defense made the difference for the Flyers on Saturday, and they’ll need that formula if they’re climb out of the 2-5 hole they’re still in.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.