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Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 8:02 PM
The Anthony Grant era started with a dramatic last-second victory for the Dayton Flyers.
Josh Cunningham’s basket with 0.1 seconds to play beat Ball State 78-77 on Friday at UD Arena. Cunningham led the Flyers with 22 points, none bigger than his last one. Xeyrius Williams threw an in-bounds pass to him with under 2 seconds left. He caught it at the rim and dropped it in for an improbable win.
Dayton blew a 7-point lead in the final minutes but found a way to win. Tayler Persons put Ball State ahead with seconds to play with a layup.
Darrell Davis scored 16 points. John Crosby had 13.
The Flyers opened the season on a 14-0 run against Ball State only to see the Cardinals charge back in the final minutes of the first half. Dayton’s lead stood at 36-33 at halftime.
Here’s a recap of the first half:
Best performance: Xeyrius Williams has eight points and five rebounds for Dayton. He hit his first two 3-point attempts of the season during Dayton’s game-opening run.
Key offensive stat: The Cardinals got off to a slow start from 3-point range but made 5 of 16 in the half. Two of the made 3s were long desperate attempts as the shot clock expired.
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Best play: Josh Cunningham, who has 10 points for the Flyers, had a block at the rim in the opening minutes. That was one reason Ball State didn’t score in the first six minutes.
Foul trouble: Cunningham, Jalen Crutcher and Kostas Antetokounmpo all have two fouls for Dayton.
Turning point: Dayton led 32-19 with 3:45 left. Ball State then went on a 10-0 run.
Opener history: Dayton took a 12-game winning streak in openers into this game. Its last loss came in 2004, 73-66 to Eastern Kentucky.
Series history: Before this game, the Flyers and Cardinals had played six times but only twice since 1958 despite being separated by only 84 miles. The Flyers won five of the first six meetings, winning 80-65 in 2002 and 59-35 in 2010.
Expectations: Dayton and Ball State each received one vote in the Associated Press top-25 preseason poll. Dayton ranked 162nd in ESPN’s Basketball Power Index. Ball State ranked 115th.
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Dayton ranks 103rd in the KenPom.com rankings. Ball State is 139th. The Flyers had a 70-percent chance of winning, according to the website.
Looking ahead: The Flyers return to action following their opener with three games in South Carolina, home state of freshman guard Jordan Davis, at the Charleston Classic. They play Hofstra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (ESPNU) and then play or Clemson or Ohio on Friday night. The possible Sunday opponents are: Temple, Auburn, Old Domininion and Indiana State.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:19 PM
DAYTON — Casey Cathrall left the Dayton Flyers men’s basketball program after one season as the strength and conditioning coach for a dream job at the University of Miami. He has the same position with the Hurricanes men’s basketball team, and his first day was Monday.
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Cathrall couldn’t pass up the opportunity to return to Florida — he was a graduate assistant with the Hurricanes in 2013 when they won the ACC championship and earned his master’s degree in exercise physiology there in 2014 — in part because his wife Grace is from Vero Beach, Fla., two hours north of Miami, and her family still lives there.
“It’s just something we always dreamed about,” Cathrall said Monday night. “If they ever came calling, we couldn’t say no.”
» LOOKING BACK: Cathrall on his strength and conditioning philosophy
Dayton hired Cathrall in May 2017. He said it was bittersweet leaving the job.
“Dayton was awesome,” Cathrall said. “Obviously, the year didn’t go the way we would have hoped, but that really had no impact (on his decision). Grace had so many close friends (in Dayton). I really enjoyed working with the staff there. Coach (Anthony) Grant is a phenomenal guy. Everyone there was straight first class. Nothing but good things to say. It’s just bittersweet. I really feel we made some strides there in terms of trying to establish a culture and where the kids we’re at. I’m really excited for that program and where it’s headed.”
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In his final weeks on the job, Cathrall got to work with two of the newest Flyers: Michigan transfer Ibi Watson and Chattanooga transfer Rodney Chatman.
“Ibi got there the first week of summer school, somewhere around May 12 or 13th,” Cathrall said. “Rod was the week after or two weeks after. I spent a couple weeks with Ibi and at least two weeks with Rod. The takeaway from those two guys if the fans at Dayton are interested is they’re unbelievable people.”
Of Watson, Cathrall said, “Ibi, from day one, wants to win. He wants to be the best. Incredible competitiveness in him. He wants to do the extra miles, showing up early, staying after. Just very, very mature. What he brings to the program is more of what we need and more of where it’s going in terms of the culture and in terms of an unbelievable amount of discipline and habits and what it takes to be successful. He’s got a personality that he was able to mesh with the guys right away. I think the chemistry will show when he’s finally able to get out there on the floor.
Speaking of Chatman, Cathrall said, “Rod’s a softer-spoken guy. You can tell he’s a guy that’s played college basketball before. I think he’s adjusting to the physicality we have at Dayton, but in terms of his skill set, his basketball IQ, his unselfishness and his demeanor and habits, I just think he’s another home-run addition of what coach Grant and the staff are building.”
We'd like to welcome back Casey Cathrall to The U as the new strength and conditioning coach for men's basketball.— Canes Hoops (@CanesHoops) June 18, 2018
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 4:12 PM
COLUMBUS — Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer spoke about quarterback and a couple of changes to NCAA rules Friday night in Columbus.
The Buckeyes mentor confirmed in the clearest language yet Dwayne Haskins will be his starting quarterback when preseason camp commences in late summer.
“Dwayne is the starter and Tate (Martell) is in full competition mode,” Meyer told reporters at the annual Ohio State football job fair. “Matt Baldwin is our three and he’s doing very well now.”
Haskins, a sophomore from Maryland, became the assumed starter when Joe Burrow transferred to LSU last month.
Meyer told the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon crowd in Canton in mid-May Haskins would get “the first opportunity to be the starter,” and his latest comments further confirmed that intention.
In Columbus, Meyer also said he has maintained contact with Burrow, who graduated in May and is eligible for the Tigers right away.
“Joe did a lot for us, and we did a lot for Joe, so it was a very amicable relationship,” Meyer said.
The appearance was also the first for Meyer since the NCAA announced a pair of changes to player eligibility last week.
“It’s a good rule, and I’m glad they did that,” Meyer said. “It’s good for most importantly the student-athlete.”
Previously participating in one play meant a year of eligibility was used — unless that player later became injured and certain other specifications were met.
That is no longer the case.
“I think it’s just going to be easier (for coaches). Usually you play a guy early and then if they get hurt, you redshirt them,” Meyer said. “Now there is going to be, do you hold onto them until the stretch run when it gets really hard and you need them? Because usually when you get into the end of the season you’re dealing with injuries.”
Meyer also said the new rule preventing coaches from blocking transfers is good — as long as players still have to sit out a year before being eligible.
Ohio State football coaches bring passion, knowledge to clinic at Northmont https://t.co/FhNm9mzfiv— daytonsports (@daytonsports) May 11, 2018
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:47 PM
CINCINNATI — Scooter Gennett, of the Cincinnati Reds, remains ranked third among second basemen in voting for the National League All-Star team.
Gennett has received 743,979 votes, the league announced Monday in its second release of the voting results. He trails the Braves’ Ozzie Albies (915,736) and the Cubs’ Javier Baez (767,417). All three have a wide lead over the fourth-ranked second baseman: the Giants’ Joe Panik (194,634).
Joey Votto also remains fifth in voting among first basemen (189,364), well behind the league’s overall leader in votes, the Braves’ Freddie Freeman (1,433,140).
Eugenio Suarez, who ranked fourth last week, remains fourth this week among third basemen with 228,806 votes. He leads NL third basemen in RBIs (52) and ranks second in the league among all players. The Rockies’ Nolan Arenado (1,124,563) has a wide lead among third basemen.
Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 9:19 AM
CINCINNATI — Joey Votto played in his 1,500th career game for the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. He went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in an 8-6 victory at PNC Park against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Before the game, the Reds shared the numbers on how Votto compares to Hall of Fame first basemen from the last 50 years, including Jim Thome, who will be inducted this summer.
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Here’s how Votto, at age 34, in his 12th season, stacks up against 12 of the greats through the first 1,500 games of their careers. In short, he compares well — especially in on-base percentage and walks, as you might expect.
Batting average: Rod Carew (.335); Frank Thomas (.321); Johnny Mize (.320); Joey Votto (.313); Jeff Bagwell (.305); Orlando Cepeda (.305); Eddie Murray (.299); George Kelly (.297); Jim Thome (.285); Tony Perez (.284); Ernie Banks (.283); Willie McCovey (.282); Harmon Killebrew (.262);
On-base percentage: Thomas (.441); Votto (.428); Bagwell (.418); Thome (.411); Mize (.406); Carew (.392); McCovey (.385); Killebrew (.375); Murray (.375); Cepeda (.355); Perez (.347); Banks (.344); Kelly (.343);
Slugging percentage: Mize (.580); Thomas (.580); Thome (.566); McCovey (.555); Bagwell (.553); Banks (.536); Votto (.536); Killebrew (.532); Cepeda (.517); Murray (.505); Perez (.484); Kelly (.455); Carew (.450);
Home runs: Killebrew (392); Thome (368); Ernie Banks (353); McCovey (347); Thomas (339); Bagwell (316); Mize (315); Cepeda (279); Murray (275); Votto (263); Perez (246); Kelly (137); Rod Carew (71).
Hits: Rod Carew (1,924); Mize (1,776); Thomas (1,721); Cepeda (1,714); Murray (1,680); Votto (1,662); Bagwell (1,657); Kelly (1,650); Banks (1,618); Perez (1,550); Thome (1,451); McCovey (1,375); Killebrew (1,354);
Walks: Thomas (1,172); Bagwell (1,012); Votto (1,046); Killebrew (919); McCovey (788); Mize (757); Murray (709); Carew (542); Perez (532); Banks (521); Cepeda (388); Kelly (358); Thome (108).