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Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:18 AM
DAYTON — The Dayton Flyers haven’t lost since they played Virginia Commonwealth on Jan. 27 in Richmond, Va., winning eight straight games and completing their first perfect February since 1971.
The Flyers have yet to lose this season with a full and healthy rotation that includes Josh Cunningham. They won two games with him at the beginning of the season and have won five since he returned to action. They have not lost at UD Arena since the third game of the season Nov. 19 against Saint Mary’s. They’re 14-1 at home.
The Flyers are on quite a run, but that doesn’t guarantee a victory at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Senior Night when VCU visits Dayton with the Atlantic 10 championship on the line. Coach Archie Miller made his first comments about the game Monday morning during the weekly A-10 coaches teleconference.
The Flyers fell 73-68 in the first game against VCU. The Rams dominated the boards 41-24 and outscored Dayton 26-8 in second-chance points. VCU broke open a close game in the last six minutes, pushing its lead to 11 points before UD made a late run.
“Looking back on game one, clearly we were in a great environment that night against a very charged-up team as well,” Miller said. “I thought they played extremely hard and physical, and I just thought they were very, very forceful in the way they played. The way they rebounded the ball, not just from the big guys but from the guards, the way they attacked us in the second half downhill in the paint constantly, we’re going to have to match that in game two. We’re going to have to be a lot more forceful.
“Our guards, in particular, have to do a much better job of defending the ball. I think they have to do a much better job getting in there and rebounding the ball. We haven’t been as great rebounding the ball from the guard spot. We’re going to have to win some one-on-one battles on the glass. That’s what it’s going to come down to for us.”
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Dayton (23-5, 14-2) leads VCU (23-6, 13-3) by one game with two games to play. The Flyers will clinch the outright championship, their first ever in the A-10, if they win Wednesday.
“We’re playing against arguably the best team in the league, and you have to play at a high level,” Miller said. “You can’t turn the ball over against them. You have to be efficient, get quality shots, find a way to be ourselves. VCU’s going to play different styles during the game. We have to be able to adjust. Most important, we have to be a lot better, a lot more forceful, a lot tougher than we were in game one. It was a good game, but I thought they outplayed us in a lot of areas in the second half.”
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM
— The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world.
With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports.
The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone.
Published: Thursday, September 07, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
— NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is slated to attend the NFL's opening game on Thursday as the New England Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. He may not get the warmest welcome from Pats fans.
Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, is a native of Massachusetts. In a recent Barstool post, Portnoy said he had ordered towels that feature an illustration of Goodell as a clown. Portnoy had originally ordered 30,000 towels, but that number has grown to 70,000.
He is asking for volunteers to join him in distributing towels during tailgating festivities before the game.
Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM
MASON — The third-ranked Greenville Lady Wave will play for a spot in the state final four for the third straight season, advancing with a 14-4, six-inning victory in a Division II regional semifinal against No. 6 Clinton-Massie on Wednesday at Mason High School.
Greenville last reached the state final four in 2012. Last season, the Lady Wave lost 4-0 to Hamilton Ross in the regional final. In 2015, they lost 7-1 to Granville.
Greenville won the state title in 2007, made the final four in 2010 and lost in the state final in 2012.
Of the many big hits Wednesday, the biggest was a three-run home run by Alli Hill in the sixth inning. Greenville has scored 10 or more runs in 22 games.
Greenville (28-3) will play No. 8 Shawnee or No. 9 Jonathan Alder at noon Saturday at Mason.
Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
DAYTON — Six weeks into his tenure as head coach of the Dayton Flyers, Anthony Grant stopped by WHIO Radio to talk to the voice of the Flyers, Larry Hansgen, on the Miami Valley Morning News.
Here are some highlights from the interview Wednesday morning:
• On putting the coaching staff together: “It has been hectic, but it’s been good. I’m really happy with the staff we’ve put together. We’re moving in the right direction in terms of finishing things out.”
• On associate head coach Anthony Solomon: “He’s a former head coach, a guy who’s been a lot of different places and has a lot of relationships. He’s very good on the floor.”
• On assistant coach James Kane: “He’s a guy I knew when I was at the University of Florida. He was a student there. Long story. We used to play a 3-on-3 challenge against the students. We were undefeated for a long time, and James’ team actually beat us. It’s the only time anyone beat us in my time there.
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• On assistant coach Ricardo Greer: He played 14 years overseas, and actually in a week and a half, he’s going into the hall of fame in France for his playing career.”
• On special assistant Darren Hertz: “Darren has an important role for us in terms of analytics, breaking down our team and helping me to analyze what we’re doing offensively and defensively.”
• On new recruit Jalen Crutcher: “Once he saw this place and saw the resources we have here and the commitment on and off the court, academically, athletically, socially, I think he saw this will be a great fit for him.”
• On John Crosby returning to the team: “John, obviously, is a guy who has had kind of a rocky road a little bit, I think it would be fair to say, in terms of his production on the court. He’s a guy who really has a lot of pride in terms of wanting to do well and wanting to showcase what he’s capable of doing. I think he just wanted some reassurance that he would have an opportunity to compete and earn playing time and help the team. When you talk to his teammates, they all said great things about him in terms of who he is as a person. Once we worked all that out, in terms of his understanding the direction we were taking the program and his role in it, I think he felt very comfortable moving forward. He did a great job finishing out academically. We’re excited to have him back on the team.”
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• On getting to know his new players: “My first order of business for them was to take care of the classroom, to make sure they finished strong academically. We really didn’t do much on the court. I was able the last couple of weeks, before they had preparation for finals, to get them on the court and just see where they’re at. This will be a big summer. Some of the guys will be here first summer session. Then we’ll have pretty much everybody here for the second summer session.”
• On two of the biggest influences on him, Don Donoher and Billy Donovan: “The common thread between those two guys is their understanding of what it takes to win, not only on the court but in life.
• On what his time as a player at UD meant to him: “I talked to the guys who just finished their careers here and about their passion for their place. This is a special place and will always be a special place for those who played here.”