Dayton Flyers rally to beat Davidson in OT

Published: Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 10:07 PM

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

The Dayton Flyers pulled off one of their most dramatic victories of the season, rally from 13 points down in the final minutes and then beating Davidson 89-82 in overtime Friday at Belk Arena thanks to one of the great performances in the career of Scoochie Smith.

Star of the game: Smith scored 17 points and made all three of his 3-pointers in overtime. He did it all with four fouls. He picked up his fourth without about five minutes left in the second half.

Stat of the game: The Flyers made 31 of 45 free throws.

Key play: Xeyrius Williams tied the game on a layup with 35 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

Big run: Down 70-57 with 7;35 to play, Dayton went on a 15-2 run.

Big picture: Dayton (23-5, 14-2) won its eight straight game and moved a half game ahead of VCU, which plays Saturday.

WATCH: Dayton coach Archie Miller talks after 89-82 overtime win on Feb. 24, 2017


Xeyrius Williams scored 13 points to lead the Dayton Flyers to a 46-45 halftime lead over Davidson on Friday at Belk Arena.

UD’s star: Williams made 4 of 6 shots from the field, 3 of 5 3-pointers and 2 of 2 free throws. He also had three rebounds and two blocks.

Davidson’s star: Peyton Aldridge made 8 of 12 field goals and scored 19 points.

Big run: Dayton trailed 38-31 with 4:05 to play and then went on a 15-2 run. Williams scored 11 points during the run.

Key stat: Dayton made 19 of 23 free throws. Davidson made 2 of 5.

Foul trouble: Five players have two fouls for Davidson. Three have two fouls for Dayton.

Key play: Rusty Riegel hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut Dayton’s lead to one point.

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NBA Draft: Local connections, how to watch and what else to know

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:57 AM

Keita Bates-Diop is leaving Ohio State to enter the NBA draft. He explained why during a press conference Monday also attended by his parents and Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann.

The NBA draft is tonight. Coverage begins on ESPN at 7 p.m. 

Here are some things to know about the league’s annual talent dispersal event: 

1. For the second year in a row, there is a Southwest Ohio connection. 

Last year, it was Luke Kennard. The Franklin High School graduate went to the Detroit Pistons in the first round. 

This year it’s Vincent Edwards, a former Middletown Middie who just finished up a strong four-year career at Duke. 

Two sites have projected the versatile forward as a second-round pick. 

2. Dayton could have a player drafted. 

Kostas Antetokounmpo didn’t do much in a Flyers uniform, but his potential was obvious every time he stepped on the court. 

The NBA draft is pretty much all about potential, so he might hear his name called before all is said and done. 

>>RELATED: Kostas Antetokounmpo awaits draft night

No Dayton player has been drafted since Negele Knight in 1990, but four Flyers have made it to the league since 1999. 

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3. Ohio State likely will have a player drafted. 

After playing a vital role in the Buckeyes’ surprising success in year one under Chris Holtmann, Keita Bates-Diop profiles as a perfect fit in today’s NBA.  

An athletic player with long arms who can shoot the 3 and play defense, the reining Big Ten Player of the Year could go in the first round. 

The last Ohio State player drafted was D’Angelo Russell, who went No. 2 overall to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2015. He’s since been traded to the Brooklyn Nets. 

4. A pair of Cincinnati Bearcats are also in the running. 

Forwards Jacob Evans and Gary Clark are also on the radar of NBA teams. 

Sports Illustrated ranks Evans as the No. 36 prospect with Clark at 55, but Sporting News has both higher with Evans at No. 24 and Clark at 43. 

CBS Sports ranks Evans 48th and Clark 82nd. 

Lance Stephenson is the most-recent Bearcat to be drafted. He went to the Pacers in the second round in 2010

5. Expect a lot of tall young collegians and one European to be taken early in the draft. 

The consensus seems to be the top prospects are Deandre Ayton of Arizona, Jaren Jackson Jr. of Michigan State and Marvin Bagley III of Duke with Mo Bamba of Texas and Michael Porter Jr. are wildcards with rising stocks. 

All of them spent one year in college and are listed at 6-foot-10 or taller, but they have different sorts of games. 

Luka Doncic, a 6-6 guard from Slovenia, is also expected to go very early while college freshman point guards Collin Sexton (Alabama) and Trae Young (Oklahoma) are also intriguing prospects. 

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WATCH: Reds fan deserves ‘Star of the Game’ award for this act

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

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Scooter Gennett hit a two-run home run to tie the game. Eugenio Suarez blasted the go-ahead shot one pitch later. And starting pitcher Tyler Mahle earned his third win in his last three decisions.

But the real Star of the Game in the Reds 5-3 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday was a fan in the moon deck in right field.

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After a home run by Niko Goodrum made it 2-0 Tigers in the fourth inning, a Reds fan who came up with the ball offered not one, but two good deeds for a couple of Detroit fans:


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Report: Former Dayton forward to change teams

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:46 AM

Former University of Dayton standout Devin Oliver. PHOTO COURTESY OF ProStep Sports Agency
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Former University of Dayton standout Devin Oliver. PHOTO COURTESY OF ProStep Sports Agency(WHIO Radio)

Former Dayton Flyers forward Devin Oliver will play his next season of professional basketball in Turkey after two seasons in Slovenia, according to a report by

An announcement is expected soon about Oliver signing with Banvit, which plays in Bandirma, Turkey.

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Oliver played for Petrol Olimpija the last two seasons in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and helped lead the team to two championships. He averaged 13.2 points and 7.3 rebounds last season.

“So proud of this team for everything we’ve been through this year,” Oliver wrote on Instagram in May. “Between the highs and the lows, we finished up with a FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. 2 years in Olimpija, 2 consecutive national championships. Also very thankful for winning back to back finals MVPS.”

» LOOKING BACK: Oliver makes his mark in Slovenia

Oliver will also play this summer with former Dayton teammates Vee Sanford and Dyshawn Pierre in The Basketball Tournament for the second straight year. Their team plays its first-round game July 14.

o proud of this team for everything we’ve been through this year. Between the highs and the lows, we finished up with a FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP. 2 years in Olimpija, 2 consecutive national championships. Also very thankful for winning back to back finals MVPS.

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Middletown Olympian Kayla Harrison set to make pro MMA debut

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Middletown native wins back to back judo titles.

Ready for the next chapter in Kayla Harrison’s already illustrious sports career? 

The Middletown native is set to make her professional mixed-martial arts debut Thursday night when she fights Brittney Elkin in a lightweight bout in Chicago. 

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Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalists in judo, is part of the Professional Fighters League, a new MMA promotion that held its first event earlier this month. 

The Harrison-Elkin fight is one of five on the main card, which is to begin at 9 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. 

Harrison is following in the footsteps of former training partner Ronda Rousey, who was also a well-known judoka before she became an MMA superstar in the UFC. 

“Ronda is always going to be, I think, that little ‘rabbit’ in front of me,” Harrison said via “When I was 16 and I moved to (coach Jimmy) Pedro’s, she was the superstar. She was the golden girl. She was the one everyone was watching. Every day, I said to myself, ‘I’m going to be her some day. I’m going to be better than her. Anything she can do, I can do better.’ It helped take me to the highest levels of my sport. 

“So I don’t see this being any different. It’s positive motivation for me. It’s healthy. I think it’s always healthy to have something to chase, something to look forward to.” 

Earlier this month, Harrison told reporters she battled depression after wrapping up her second successful Olympic run two years ago but has fallen in love with the competition provided by MMA. 

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