After having their six-game win streak end with a blowout loss to Saint Joseph’s, the Dayton Flyers got back on track with an 86-79 win over UMass on Saturday. Wednesday night provided Archie Miller’s team with another opportunity to enhance their resume and the Flyers took advantage, beating No. 17 Saint Louis 72-67 at Chaifetz Arena. With the NCAA tournament bubble seemingly changing by the hour at this point in the season it’s tough to say that this result sews up a bid for Dayton, but it certainly helps their case.
A key for Dayton, especially in the second half, was the play of their reserves. For the night the Flyer reserves outscored Saint Louis’ by a margin of 31-14, and that was one area in which Dayton would make up a ten-point disadvantage at the foul line. Jalen Robinson scored all ten of his points in the second half, joining starters Jordan Sibert and Dyshawn Pierre in double figures, and as a team Dayton held a 16-2 edge in bench points in the final 20 minutes.
Just as important in the second half was the defensive effort put forth by Dayton. Both teams turned the ball over nine times in the second half, but Dayton did a better job of challenging shots as they limited the Billikens to 42.9% shooting from the field and 2-for-9 from beyond the arc. As a result, SLU scored just 0.8 points per possession in the second half. By comparison, Dayton shot 50% from the field and scored 1.14 points per possession.
Entering Wednesday the Flyers hadn’t set themselves apart from the pack conference play defensively, ranking ninth in both field goal (45.2%) and three-point percentage (37.5%). But Dayton defended better against a Saint Louis team that’s now lost three straight games, and their execution during a critical 24-9 second half run made the difference for a team in need of another quality win.
How much work is there left for Dayton to do? With early-season wins over Gonzaga and California, the Flyers do have some solid results on the non-conference portion of their resume. And after going through a four-game losing streak that included losses to Richmond and Rhode Island, Dayton’s playing well at the right time.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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