Umass Stops Dayton’s 13 Game Winning Streak

The Massachusetts Minutemen stopped the Dayton Flyers 13 game winning streak at UD Arena Wednesday night beating the #14/#18 Dayton Flyers 82-71. 

UMass came out strong from the beginning of the game starting out leading with the biggest margin of the game at 21-7. Dayton would respond by going on an 11-0 run and make it 21-18. Charles Little lead the team at the half with 10 points and finished the game with 13 points and 5 rebounds as the Flyers would go into the half down 36-31.

UMass defense did a good job in the first half double teaming and pressuring Brian Roberts out far from the basket to make him go into the half without a field goal and only 2 points on 2 free throws. Although, in the second half he found a way to score – finishing the game with 21 points, 6 boards, and 4 assists – as the Minutemen played more of a box and one on Brian Roberts.

The key difference in the game was the Flyers poor 3 point shooting. Dayton shot 4-for-25 from beyond the arc for 16%, while UMass shot 13-of-30 for 43%. The other role players for the Dayton Flyer team did not do there job tonight as they shot atrociously from the 3 point line (Mickey Perry 1-of-7, Jimmie Binnie 0-of-6 for 0 points tonight, Andres Sandoval 0-for-2 no field goals in the game).

No one really stepped up in the second half besides Marcus Johnson who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Although Charles Little came off the bench and had 13 points, he only had 3 points in the second half.

Every time the Flyers would cut the game to 3 in the second half, UMass would hit a 3 and the Flyers couldn’t answer to make a comeback and win. I think Stephen Thomas should have played a little more and see if he could make any shots beyond the arc since the role players were shooting so poorly.

Dayton drops to 14-2 (2-1) and takes on Xavier in Cincinnati next week on Thursday night.

One Response to “Umass Stops Dayton’s 13 Game Winning Streak”

  1. DZS says:

    Maybe it was the ugly baby blue uniforms… Jimmie Binnie 0 for 6 for 0 points? With that kind of performance, hHe should go play with Meacham in Illinois.

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