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Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 3:17 AM
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The theme next month is simple for a Dayton Flyers senior class that will down as the winningest in school history: The Last March.
Two games remain in the regular season after Scoochie Smith led Dayton to an 89-82 overtime victory Friday against Davidson at Belk Arena. Dayton fans have one last chance to see Smith, Kendall Pollard, Kyle Davis and Charles Cooke at UD Arena.
The Flyers host Virginia Commonwealth at 8 p.m. Wednesday. With first place on the line and the 1967 Flyers in attendance and UD on the verge of setting a single-season attendance record that has stood since the arena opened — and don’t forget a halftime performance by Red Panda — it’s shaping up to be a Senior Night for the ages.
That’s all great, but it’s also a reminder for Smith and Co. that the end is near.
“The last March, it’s bittersweet,” said Smith after making three 3-pointers and scoring 11 points in overtime. “More bitter than sweet, but it’ll be fun. I’ve had a good run with these guys. It’s been exciting playing all four years. I just appreciate all the Flyer Faithful.”
The Flyers (23-5, 14-2) head to the the final month of the season after the best February in decades. Dayton finished 7-0 in the month. It had not posted a perfect record in February since it was 8-0 in 1971.
This victory means Dayton can clinch at least a share of the Atlantic 10 championship Wednesday. If Virginia Commonwealth (23-5, 13-2) loses at Rhode Island (18-9, 10-5) in a 2 p.m. Saturday game, the Flyers would have the chance to clinch the outright regular-season title Wednesday.
The Flyers shared the title last season with VCU and St. Bonaventure. Since the league did away with divisions, they have never won an outright championship. It won’t be easy Wednesday. VCU beat Dayton 73-68 on Jan. 27 in Richmond — that remains the last loss for a UD team that has won eight straight games — and takes a nine-game winning streak to Rhode Island.
Dayton is 15-7 in March the last three seasons. That includes five NCAA tournament victories. Pollard is looking forward to his last March with the Flyers, who reached the Elite Eight when he, Smith and Davis were freshman.
“Hopefully, it’ll be like the first March,” he said.
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.”