George Washington star after beating Dayton: ‘We came out firing’

Published: Sunday, March 05, 2017 @ 11:23 AM

WATCH: Dayton's top plays from an 87-81 loss to George Washington.

George Washington couldn’t miss. In fact, it didn’t miss for the first five minutes Saturday against the Dayton Flyers on the final day of play in the Atlantic 10 regular season at the Smith Center.

Here’s a summary of George Washington’s first nine possessions: jumper by Patrick Steeves; 3-pointer by Matt Hart; 3-pointer by Tyler Cavanaugh; layup by Cavanaugh; jumper by Yuta Watanabe; layup by Hart; layup by Cavanaugh; 3-pointer by Watanabe; and jumper by Steeves to end the run at the 14:53 mark.

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By the time, Steeves missed a 3-pointer at the 14:21 mark, Dayton trailed 21-5. The Flyers would trail by double digits for the most of the night and never got closer than five points in an 87-81 loss.

“It’s incredible to get the best team in the conference on our floor,” said Cavanaugh, who scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half. “We came out firing. I mean we didn’t miss. I was happy we could hold on. I just wanted the clock to run to zeros because that’s a great team. We knew they were going to fight, so I was happy with our resiliency. So many guys contributed, which is what made it so special.”

George Washington's Tyler Cavanaugh scores against Dayton's Ryan Mikesell in the opening minutes on March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

In the same 5:07 span to start the game, Dayton made 2 of 5 field goals and 1 of 2 free throws and turned the ball over three times. The Flyers cut the deficit to 10 points twice late in the second half only to see the Colonials push the lead to 17 points at halftime.

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Asked if there was anything his team could have done to slow the Colonials in those opening minutes, Dayton coach Archie Miller said, “You can guard them a lot better,” Miller said. “You have to play a lot harder after the first one goes in, and after the second or third one goes in, you’ve got to really strap it on. I thought in the first four or five or six minutes in the first half, we just weren’t there.”

Dayton (24-6, 15-3), which had already clinched the outright A-10 title, saw its nine-game winning streak end three days after an emotional 79-72 victory against Virginia Commonwealth on Wednesday on Senior Night at UD Arena.

“Our biggest fears came true,” Miller said. “We were just so stuck in the mud from Wednesday night and feeling really good about ourselves. We were playing a team that was feeling really good about itself, and they kicked our you know what for about 40 minutes. Like I told the guys, you never want to not recognize a full regular season and you’re emotional after a game, but that’s unacceptable. This should set the tone for a much more ready team when we go to Pittsburgh because if you lose your edge, if you lose your competitive spirit, if you’re not all dialed in, anyone can beat you.”

George Washington ended the regular season on a five-game winning streak. It got hot in March a year ago, too, winning the NIT championship. The firing of its head coach, Mike Lonergan, in September seemed to spell doom for the Colonials, but interim coach Maurice Joseph has done an excellent job down the stretch. GW (18-13, 10-8) is the No. 6 seed in the A-10 tournament.

“I think we are playing the best basketball of our season,” Joseph said. “Last few games, whether it be high assists or low turnovers, there’s been a couple stats that really stand out that we didn’t see earlier in the year. That’s a telling sign of a team that’s getting better. Every game is like a different statistical category that was eye opening, that was completely night and day from the beginning of the year. That’s a product of trusting the process and getting better throughout the year. Everybody knows that March is about momentum. The teams that are typically playing well towards the end of the year, those are the teams that go on runs, those are the teams that make special things happen. I think that team has that kind of potential because they’ve grown together.”

George Washington’s Patrick Steeves makes a shot against Dayton’s Kendall Pollard in the opening minutes on March 4, 2017, at the Smith Center in Washington, D.C.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

WATCH: 5-year-old dancer steals the show at Cavs-Warriors’ game

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM

From the Facebook page of the NBA.
From the Facebook page of the NBA.

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. 

Roger Goodell may see clown towels in his image for Patriots-Chiefs game

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.

Why do Patriots fans have such hard feelings about Goodell? The Deflategate saga, which ultimately led to quarterback Tom Brady being suspended for four games last season.

Greenville advances to regional final for third straight season

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 4:11 PM

Greenville softball three wins from first state title since 2007

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.

10 things you missed from Dayton Flyers coach Anthony Grant’s interview on WHIO Radio

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf
David Jablonski
Anthony Grant talks on WHIO Radio on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Dayton. Jeremy Ratliff/Staf(David Jablonski)

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.”

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•  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.”