Scoochie Smith catches fire in OT for Dayton Flyers

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 1:58 AM

Dayton's Scoochie Smith makes his third straight 3-pointer in overtime in front of Davidson's Jack Gibbs on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.
Dayton's Scoochie Smith makes his third straight 3-pointer in overtime in front of Davidson's Jack Gibbs on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, at Belk Arena in Davidson, N.C.

Dayton Flyers senior Scoochie Smith etched his name in the history books ages ago. His place is secure. He’ll finish his career ranked among Dayton’s all-time leaders in points and assists, and he’ll likely have appeared in more games than any player in school history when all is said and done.

Smith has hit enough big shots in the last four seasons to keep fans entertained on YouTube for hours, but he hit a new peak Friday. A subpar night for Dayton’s point guard ended with a spectacular five minutes.

Smith scored 11 of his 17 points in overtime as the Dayton Flyers (23-5, 14-2) rallied to beat Davidson 89-82 at Belk Arena. He hit three straight 3-pointers in the first 2 minutes and 31 seconds of overtime. Davidson (14-13, 7-9) never recovered.

“I was eager to make a play,” Smith said. “I didn’t make too many plays all game. After I made the first one, I knew it was over.”

WATCH: Video of Scoochie Smith's clutch shots in overtime at Davidson.

Smith scored all six of his points in the first 40 minutes at the free-throw line. Entering overtime, he was 0-of-3 from the field. He picked up his fourth foul with 6:18 to go and went to the bench.

The Flyers trailed 70-57 at the 7:42 mark and cut the deficit to 70-59 on a jumper by Kendall Pollard with 7:27 to play. That’s where the comeback began.

Sophomore point guard John Crosby helped the comeback continue. He scored a career-high 12 points Tuesday and engineered a 20-0 run against George Mason, building confidence for a moment like this. He replaced Smith after his fourth foul. Crosby converted a 3-point play with 5:25 to go, cutting the deficit to 72-64.

“John did a really good job,” Dayton coach Archie Miller said. “His minutes were key.”

The comeback continued from there.

“It was fun watching what my teammates do what they do without much contribution from me,” Smith said.

WATCH: Postgame interview with Scoochie Smith after the Flyers beat Davidson 89-82 in OT.

With 17 points, Smith has 1,222 in his career. He passed Ken May and Alex Robertson on Friday to move into 30th place on the UD scoring charts. Smith had five assists and has 473 in his career. He ranks eighth.

Smith has also played in every game of the past four seasons, 134 in all. The Flyers are 101-33 in that span. He ranks sixth in school history and is four away from tying Chris Johnson for most games played in UD history. Smith is three games away from tying Kurt Huelsman and London Warren for most consecutive games played (137).

Those are all reasons Smith’s legend is secure. After Friday’s performance, it’s just a little bigger.

“He got us going,” Miller said. “He’s fearless when it comes to these big moments. He got a couple good looks. The first one went down, and after that, they all kind of looked the same.”

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.”