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Game-ending 10-2 run pushes No. 11 Dayton past No. 11 Boise State


With senior guard Jordan Sibert playing just nine minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, No. 11 Dayton struggled offensively against No. 11 Boise State and went into halftime trailing by nine points. Sibert’s return to the court certainly helped the Flyers in the second half, as Dayton shot better than 72 percent from the field and closed the game on a 10-2 run to win 56-55 at UD Arena.

The result wasn’t without controversy, as Dayton was playing in its home arena and there’s been plenty of debate as to whether or not a foul should have been called on Derrick Marks’ final shot attempt. But even with those issues (personally, Dayton had done enough to merit inclusion into the main bracket without having to play in the First Four), there were also basketball reasons as to why the Broncos saw a nine-point lead with 5:41 remaining slip away.

Dayton was far better offensively down the stretch, as they made their final six field goals with Sibert’s three with 35 seconds remaining being the difference. By comparison, Boise State made just one of its final eight shots from the field and on their final two chances to win the game Leon Rice’s team could not find a quality shot.

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First there was the ball screen for Marks at the top of the key which Dayton blitzed, with the two defenders forcing the Mountain West Player of the Year into the corner. Kendall Pollard stripped Marks of the ball, and following the review the Broncos kept the ball with 4.6 seconds remaining. Marks couldn’t get a good look on the final shot either, with his three-point attempt missing the mark as time expired.

That final play is one that will be disputed, and the added variable of Dayton playing a home game doesn’t help matters at all. But even with that being the case, better offensive execution and converting second chance opportunities at a higher rate would have resulted in Boise State winning the game.

Boise State collected 12 offensive rebounds, which worked out to an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 percent, but they scored just six second-chance points (three more than Dayton). Marks finished the game with 23 points but only one other Bronco, guard Montigo Alford (11 points), reached double figures. Dayton, finished with three players in double figures, with Kendall Pollard leading the way with 17 points and six rebounds.

Archie Miller’s team has navigated its lack of depth for a couple months now, and they simply find ways to win games. They don’t have much in the way of size, but the Flyers make up for it by expending maximum effort on both ends of the floor. With one NCAA tournament win under their belt, Dayton will look to pick up another when they take on No. 6 Providence Friday night in an East Region matchup in Columbus.

Unfortunately for Dayton, the prevailing question will be whether or not they had an unfair advantage by playing at home, and they aren’t the ones to blame for that being the case.

Dayton remains tied for first in the Atlantic 10 with win at No. 22 VCU

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One week after suffering its most disappointing loss of the season, Dayton picked up what to this date is its biggest win of the season Saturday afternoon in Richmond. Archie Miller’s Flyers won 59-55 at No. 22 VCU, moving into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 with Rhode Island, and multiple players stepped forward for the visitors.

After Jordan Sibert scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half, Kendall Pollard, Scoochie Smith and Dyshawn Pierre combined to score 19 points in the second to seal the deal for Dayton. Much has been made of Dayton’s rotation, one that’s short in both stature (their tallest available player is 6-foot-6) and bodies (seven scholarship players), but neither of those deficiencies has been used as a crutch by the Flyers.

And faced with a team that, on paper, had a clear advantage in both areas Dayton was able to limit VCU’s opportunities both on the offensive glass and in the open court.

Given their half-court offensive problems, VCU needs turnovers to be at their best on that end of the floor. Entering Saturday’s game the Rams were ranked 13th in the Atlantic 10 (in conference games) in field goal percentage and eighth in three-point percentage, but their league-best turnover margin has kept the Rams right in the middle of the conference title race.

Against Dayton, which has multiple players capable of handling the ball against full-court pressure, VCU was able to force just eight turnovers which were converted into three points. Also of note is the fact that VCU did not score a single fast-break point, and forced to find shots in the half court Shaka Smart’s team shot 34 percent from the field and 6-for-25 from beyond the arc. And while the loss of Briante Weber hasn’t helped matters, the biggest issue for VCU moving forward may be fellow senior Treveon Graham.

Graham’s dealt with an ankle injury this season, missing two games earlier this month, and in the five games since he’s struggled to get back into a groove offensively. In those games Graham has shot 22-for-64 (34.3%) from the field and 6-for-23 (26.1%) from beyond the arc. And after winning the first three games in Graham’s return (George Washington, Saint Louis and UMass) the Rams have lost the last two (Richmond and Dayton). If VCU is to be a threat next month, they have to get Graham untracked.

In regards to Saturday, Dayton certainly deserves credit for the issues Graham and his teammates endured on the offensive end of the floor. Open looks came at a premium, and Dayton completed those defensive possessions by grabbing the ensuing rebound on most occasions. Dayton may not be a deep team, but throughout the season they’ve shown the willingness to compete and practically fight for every foot of space on the court.

That’s a reflection of their leadership, from Coach Miller on down to his players. And with Rhode Island visiting UD Arena Tuesday night, the program’s first Atlantic 10 regular season title of any kind (division or overall) since 2004 is well within their reach.

Derrick Colter leads five in double figures as Duquesne upsets Dayton (VIDEO)

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Less than 48 hours after they moved back into a three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic 10, Dayton was back in action. But their trip to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne did not go as planned, as the Flyers struggled to corral the Dukes in an 83-73 Duquesne victory.

Five players scored in double figures for Jim Ferry’s team, with guard Derrick Colter scoring a team-high 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. As a team the Dukes shot 52.5% from the field, assisting on 21 of their 31 made field goals. Among the other four double-digit scorers was guard Micah Mason, who tallied 17 points and also accounted for nine assists and eight rebounds.

Duquesne was able to take advantage of Dayton’s deficiencies in both depth and interior size, scoring 49 points in the paint and receiving 20 points from their bench.

Dayton’s Dyshawn Pierre led all scorers with 27 points, and he also grabbed 12 rebounds in what is is third consecutive game with a double-double. However other Flyers struggled offensively, as Jordan Sibert’s 12 points were scored on 4-for-14 shooting and fellow guards Darrell (three points) and Kyle Davis (five points) combined to shoot 2-for-15 from the field.

Dayton dropped to 20-6 overall and 10-4 in conference play as a result of the loss, with Duquesne moving to 9-16 (4-10 Atlantic 10). In NBCSports.com’s most recent bracket Dayton was an eight-seed, but this kind of result doesn’t help the Flyers as they look to make a return trip to the NCAA tournament.