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Dayton bounces back with victory over Tennessee Tech

Published: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 @ 7:59 PM

Dayton's Jalen Crutcher scores against Tennessee Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at UD Arena.
David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Dayton's Jalen Crutcher scores against Tennessee Tech on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at UD Arena.(David Jablonski - Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers evened their record at 4-4 after dropping before .500 for the first time in almost 12 years, beating Tennessee Tech 79-66 on Wednesday at UD Arena.

Darrell Davis scored 19 points to lead the Flyers. Josh Cunningham had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan Davis scored 14 points and made 4 of 6 3-pointers.

Dayton led 32-24 at halftime and had a double-digit lead for most of the second half, though the Golden Eagles (7-3) got as close as seven points at one point. Dayton put the game away for good on a couple of layups by Trey Landers in the final minutes

Dayton made 8 of 23 3-pointers. Tennessee Tech made 10 of 24. The Flyers committed 17 turnovers, which was nine fewer than they had Sunday in a loss at Mississippi State.

This was the first of three straight home games for Dayton, which hosts Penn at 3 p.m. Saturday.

HALFTIME RECAP

Seven players scored in the first half for Dayton.

Key player: Cunningham was one of three Dayton players with six points. He also has eight rebounds and two assists.

Key stat: The Flyers shot 53.8 percent from the field. Tennessee Tech shot 32.1 percent. Dayton outscored Tennessee Tech 22-10 in the paint and 10-0 in fast-break points.

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Big run: Dayton trailed 11-6 at the 14:47 mark and then went on a 15-0 run. The Golden Eagles ended the run with 9:26 to play in the half.

Largest lead: Dayton led by as many as 14 points with 3:24 to go.

Interesting development: After seeing limited minutes in the last two games, John Crosby played 12 minutes in the first half. He had four points, one assist and one turnover. He entered the game in the opening minutes when Jalen Crutcher left the game with an injury. Crutcher did return and appeared fine.

Good sign: Kostas Antetokounmpo played 17 minutes in the first half without committing a foul. He has six points and three rebounds.

LOOK: These reflective Louisville uniforms are the most creative of 2017

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

Louisville is getting decked out in some of the most flashiest uniforms, literally, that you’ll ever see.

The Cardinals are squaring off with Memphis on Saturday in the Gotham Classic from Madison Square Garden.

Louisville (7-2) is aiming for its second four-game winning streak of the season. A few hours before tipoff, the Cardinals revealed quite the snazzy set for their trip to the Big Apple.

Click play and witness the magic of technology:

These have to be the most creative uniforms of 2017.

In the first game of the Gotham Classic from Louisville, the Cardinals routed Bryant 102-59. The Gotham Classic concludes with a Louisville home game on Dec. 20 vs. Albany.

Kory Taylor commits to Purdue: Boilermakers land 2018 WR

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 11:03 AM

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The Boilermakers added another player to their 2018 recruiting class on Saturday morning, as 3-star wide receiver Kory Taylor announced that he is committed to Purdue.

Taylor, a native of Hilliard, Ohio, made the announcement on Twitter.

See the tweet below:

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Taylor played his high school ball in his hometown at Hilliard Bradley High School.

Taylor received scholarship offers from 21 schools, including Minnesota, Rutgers, Louisville and Iowa State. However, he ultimately chose Purdue after visiting the school on Friday.

According to 247Sports, Taylor is ranked No. 23 among all Ohio wide receivers in the 2018 recruiting class, and No. 97 overall among all receivers.

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Alabama will pay almost $3 million for two non-conference games next season

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Alabama will pay a pretty penny for two of its non-conference games next season.

The Crimson Tide’s matchups against Arkansas State and Louisiana will total just shy of $3 million for them to come to Bryant-Denny Stadium, according to Chandler Rome of The Anniston Star.

Alabama’s game against Arkansas State on Sept. 8 will cost $1.7 million, while the Sept. 29 meeting with Louisiana will see the school send $1.25 million.

The matchup with the Red Wolves will be the third between the two schools, with the last one coming in 2008, a 35-0 win for the Tide in Nick Saban’s second year coaching in Tuscaloosa. Meanwhile, it will be the first time Alabama has played Louisiana in football.

For comparison, two of Alabama’s non-conference opponents this season also netted about $3 million as the school reportedly paid Colorado State $1.5 million and Fresno State $1.4 million. Mercer of the FCS got $900,000.

Mark Dantonio passes on answering awkward question about Jim Harbaugh’s khakis

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 10:43 AM

Mark Dantonio was on the west coast earlier this week doing some interviews in the lead up to Michigan State’s meeting with Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. There was one question that caught him off guard — and it had to do with a rival coach’s pants.

Toward the end of an joint interview with Washington State coach Mike Leach on San Diego’s KUSI, Dantonio was asked about an autographed pair of Jim Harbaugh’s khakis that were up for auction at a Michigan banquet. KUSI’s Brandon Stone asked the Spartans’ head coach how much he thought the signed trousers sold for at the auction.

Dantonio, who has been in a war of words with Harbaugh during the last two weeks, sidestepped the question, saying “it’s sort of irrelevant to this conversation, really. I’ll pass on that one.”

Leach, one of the most colorful coaches in college football, stepped in and made things a little less awkward, but it was still a peculiar exchange.

Here’s the video. The khaki question comes around the 7:00 mark.

The starting bid for the khakis in question was $900 and the pants received no bids at the auction.