Archive for February, 2008

Dayton Loses to LaSalle in OT

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Free throws are key during crunch time. Dayton suffered the consequences Thursday night.

The Flyers had their biggest lead of the game in the second half by as much as 12 points. Dayton was up 65-62 with 24 seconds to go in regulation as Andres Sandoval missed the the first shot of 1 and 1. LaSalle would take advantage of the missed free throw on its next possesion by missing a 3, getting an offensive rebound, and then calling a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, LaSalle hit a 3 with 6 seconds left to tie the game at 65. Dayton had a chance with 6 seconds left, but Jimmy Binnie missed the 3 as time expired.

It was deja vou all over again in overtime for the Flyers. Dayton looked like it had the game in its hands after a Brian Roberts 3 pointer made it a 78-73 lead with 53 seconds left in overtime. LaSalle responded on its next posession by hitting a 3 pointer with 40 seconds left. On Dayton’s next possesion, Brian Roberts was fouled – the Dayton Flyers best player and best free throw shooter on the team shooting 87% for the season – and would shoot the 1 in 1 for Dayton. Brian Roberts, was only human and missed the foul shot as LaSalle rebounded the ball and hit a 3 with 14 seconds left. Brian Roberts missed a jump shot on the next possesion and LaSalle was fouled with 4 seconds left as they made both free throws to make 81-78 with 4 seconds remaining. Brian Roberts missed the tieing 3 point at the buzzer.

Dayton shot an embarassing 4-of-10 from the foul line which cost them the ball game Thursday night.

It was another heartbreaking and disappointing loss for the struggling Flyers to make it the 7th loss in the last 10 games.

The Dayton Flyers once again couldn’t execute on the road and put away a second rate team Thursday night. This loss really brought down Dayton’s confidence and chances to make the NCAA tournament.  Dayton takes on cross town rival #10 Xavier at home Sunday afternoon.

#13 Indiana Hoosiers Defeat Ohio State Buckeyes

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The #13 Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 59-53 in Columbus, Ohio Sunday afternoon. Every time throughout the game when the Buckeyes would cut the lead and get the crowd going, the Hoosiers had a response every time for the Buckeyes and were able to pull away.

The two man duo of DJ White and Eric Gordon was too much for the Buckeyes as DJ White had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds including 6 offensive rebounds and freshman phenomenon Eric Gordon had 15 points. The two combined to score more than half of the Hoosiers points scoring 36 of their 59 points.

Kosta Koufos lead the Buckeyes with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Jon Diebler added 14 points off the bench. Jon Diebler had a good game and stepped up for the Buckeyes shooting 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-10 from beyond the arc.

It was disappointing to see David Lighty and Jamar Butler have sub-par games when this was a big game and they didn’t step up for the Buckeyes. David Lighty had 0 points on 0-of-4 shooting and 3 turnovers in 26 minutes of play. Jamar Butler had 4 points on 2-of-8 shooting and 6 assists playing all 40 minutes.

Ohio State will get another chance at Indiana on February 26th. The Ohio State Buckeyes next game is at Northwestern on Wednesday night.

Flyers Comeback to Beat Charlotte

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

The Dayton Flyers made a late second half rally to defeat Charlotte 49ers at UD Arena Wednesday night 69-64. This game reminded me of last season’s meeting at UD Arena when Brian Roberts made the 1,000 point mark that game in points for a Flyer and scored 24 points to lead Dayton in the comeback win to beat Charlotte 66-63. (I have a souveneir towel from last year’s game and have it marked as Brian Roberts 1,000 career points as a Flyer).

Unlike last year’s game, Brian Roberts was scoreless until the last 5 minutes of the game and scored his points when it was critical and mattered most to help make a comeback and finished the game with 9 points on 3-of-9 shooting and 4 turnovers. This obviously wasn’t one of Brian Roberts typical good games, but he did contribute tonight when it mattered most and played more of a role player tonight and stepped up in the clutch on a sub-par game to help get the win for the Flyers.

Dayton handled the ball pretty poorly, turning the ball over 19 times. It was a suprise to me that the Flyers pulled it out and won, especially when Brian Roberts had a sub-par game and Charles Little fouled out at the 5 minute mark and Kurt Huelsman fouled out before Charles Little did.

Kurt Huelsman didn’t play so well scoring 6 points, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes.

His second game back since the ankle injury, Charles Little lead Dayton with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 4-of-5 from the foul line before fouling out for the second consecutive game since hes been back.

Other players really stepped up and helped out Brian Roberts tonight.  Jimmy Binnie added 15 points and 7 rebounds making some key 3 pointers and having one of his best games of the season. London Warren made 2 crucial foul shots and had a key block at the end and finished the game with 8 points. Andres Sandoval finished with 10 points, including a big dunk during the comeback run.

Dayton improved to 16-5 (4-4) for the season and will play at George Washington on Saturday.

Dayton Flyers and Ohio State Buckeyes Lose; Wright State Raiders Win

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

This Saturday the Wright State Raiders, Dayton Flyers, and Ohio State Buckeyes basketball teams all played on the same day, except only 1 of the 3 teams came out victorious.

The Wright State Raiders were the only team to win defeating Wisconsin – Milwaukee at home 53-51 on a Vaughn Duggins last second shot with 0.4 seconds left to give Wright State the win. Wright State is 66 in the RPI and on a 5 game winning streak with a tie for 3rd place in the Horizon League with a 14-6 (7-4) record.

The Dayton Flyers lost at Rhode Island 82-70.  Even with Charles Little making his first return from an injury only scoring 5 points and 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play before fouling out, other players stepped up and were leaders for the Flyers with 5 players scoring in double figures including London Warren who had a double-double with career highs of 13 points and 10 rebounds.   However, the difference in the game was the Flyers poor 3 point shooting (2-of-15) compared to Rhode Island’s (11-of-26) shooting.  London started again and has seen more playing time and has really stepped up and been a leader.  Dayton is 13 in the RPI while struggling lately losing 4 of its last 5 games with a 15-5 (3-4) record.

The Buckeyes suprised me by losing at Iowa 53-48. The first time the Buckeyes played Iowa at home they blew them out by 31 points 79-48. This is a bad loss for the Buckeyes and it is the first bad loss of the season. Ohio State is 25 in the RPI and currently 5th in the Big 10 with a 15-7 (6-3) record.