Feb. 23, 2007
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The Dayton Flyers return to Tom Blackburn Court with the Blackburn/McCafferty trophy on the line as the Xavier Musketeers come calling. Xavier (20-7, 10-3) is tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference and has won five straight. UD (16-10, 6-7) is looking to snap a two-game losing streak after falling at Saint Louis Wednesday and at home to UMass (the team Xavier is tied for first with) last Sunday. UD is tied for eighth in the 14-team A-10.
THE FLYERS In addition to the pair of setbacks on the court, the Dayton basketball program suffered another blow this week with the news that senior Monty Scott's career is over due to injury. An MRI examination has revealed that he has a partial tear in the patellar tendon of his right knee, an injury that requires surgery. After surgery, he will have to rehab for four-to-eight weeks.
With Scott out, guard Brian Roberts is the only active Flyer averaging in double figures (18.5), but forward Charles Little has stepped up his game. He has scored 44 points in the last two games, getting his first double-double (21 & 10) against UMass, and a career-high 23 at Saint Louis. Little's 25 dunks (23 in the last 18 games) are more than twice as many as anyone else on the team, and more than half of UD's 44 dunks this year. He has raised his scoring average to 9.7 and his rebounding average to 4.5, and leads UD in FG% (.550, 110-200).
THE MUSKETEERS Xavier is led by senior forward Justin Doellman, whose 13.5 scoring average is one of four (Stanley Burrell, 13.3, Josh Duncan, 10.3, Drew Lavender, 10.2) double-digit Muskie averages. Doellman is coming off a career-high 29-point performance Wednesday against then-Atlantic 10 leader Rhode Island. It was the fifth time in the last eight games he has scored at least 20 points, including a 24-point performance in the first matchup this season between UD and Xavier on January 27. Doellman was named the Blackburn/McCafferty MVP for the game.
SERIES STUFF Dayton leads the series 80-62. That's the most games against any one opponent for both schools. In fact, the very first Xavier varsity basketball game was against Dayton on February 20, 1920 (UD won 24-18). The two teams have met at least once every year since 1946-47. Over the last three seasons, the home team has won the matchup. X won 83-67 at the Cintas Center on January 27 in the first meeting this year.
UP NEXT Dayton is at Temple on Wednesday. The Flyers then return home for Senior Day on Saturday, March 3 against Saint Louis at 7:00 p.m. EST.
BLACKBURN-McCAFFERTY TROPHY HISTORY Since 1980-81, Franklin Savings of Cincinnati has sponsored the Blackburn/McCafferty Trophy, which is named after the two legendary coaches who put their two schools on the basketball map -- Dayton's Tom Blackburn and Xavier's Jim McCafferty. The trophy series only covers regular season meetings. This will be the 47th contest with the "Black/Mac" trophy on the line. Xavier leads the trophy series 28-17 In addition to the team trophy, a Most Valuable Player is selected and donations are made to the scholarship funds of both schools.
SECRET SMILES AUCTION A BIG SUCCESS UD coach Brian Gregory's dedicated cause is a charity called "Secret Smiles," a program that delivers beds and bedding to children of families who cannot provide for them. Since 2002, Secret Smiles of Dayton has assisted more than 600 families in living up to their slogan "Because Every Child Needs A Bed." After UD's win over GW, Gregory participated in Secret Smiles' sixth annual "Flyer Feedback Auction" live on the post-game show hosted by Mark Adams on WHIO Radio. This year, the auction raised $19,000. UD's spirit group, "The Red Scare" also supports Secret Smiles with Drive 75, an on-campus competition to see what organization can raise the most for charity.
HOME SWEET HOME Dayton won its first 14 home games this season, the second-best streak in University of Dayton Arena history. Here are the best Arena win streaks: 15--December 17, 1984 to March 3, 1985 14--November 11, 2006 to February 18, 2007 13--Twice
TOUGH ROAD UD's nine road losses are against teams who have won 78.0% of their home games (85-24) through Monday.
B-ROB B-GOOD UD junior guard Brian Roberts is enjoying one of the finest seasons in Flyer history. One of the premier players in the Atlantic 10 Conference, Roberts leads UD in scoring (18.5), assists (2.73), minutes (35.3), three-pointers per game (2.7), FT% (.906, 115-127) and 3-pt. FG% (.451, 69-153). He is among the top 15 in the A-10 in seven categories (including first in FT%, second in scoring and minutes and third in 3-pt. FG%). Nationally, "B-Rob" is eighth in FT% and ninth in 3-pt. FG%. If the season ended today, only 20 UD players would have averaged more in a season, and his scoring output would be the highest at Dayton since chip Jones averaged 20.2 points in 199-91. Roberts would also rank third in FT%, fifth in minutes played, seventh in 3-pt. FG% and ninth in three-pointers made on the Flyer single-season charts. Roberts has scored double digits in 22 of the 26 games this season. He got his first career double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds) in the Western Carolina win. He was Pre-Season All-Atlantic 10 Second Team in a vote of the league's coaches and selected media. Last year, Roberts was the first Dayton basketball player to be named All-Atlantic 10 (second team) and Academic All-A-10 (first team) in the same season. UD's 2005-06 MVP led UD in scoring (16.0), minutes (33.4) and was seventh in the A-10 in scoring.
THE TOLEDO RIFLE Brian Roberts moved into the Top 25 in Dayton career scoring during the UMass game. He is currently 25th with 1,244 points. Roberts is the only UD player in the school's top five in career 3-pt. FG% and FT%. His .425 (178-418) from behind the arc is second on the Flyer career lists, .0017 behind record holder Norm Grevey. His .844 FT% (240-285) is third.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END Brian Roberts' streak of 34 consecutive free throws made that ended at St. Bonaventure tied the second-best run in UD history (Bobby Joe Hooper also made 34 during the 1965-66 season) and was just two away from the school record of 36 by Damon Goodwin in 1983-84.
BRIAN'S BURSTS Brian Roberts has demonstrated a knack for scoring his points in short amounts of time. He has already scored at least ten points in a half 22 times this season, after doing it 18 times in 2005-06.
MR. ROBERTS=MR. EFFICIENCY Brian Roberts scored his 34 points in the La Salle game in just 28 minutes of playing time, and he did it by taking just 14 shots from the field. He was 9-for-14 from the floor (including 5-for-8 from three), and made a career-high 11 free throws (in 12 attempts). In the GW win, Roberts scored 23 points with only nine field goal attempts. He was 6-for-9 from the floor, 4-for-4 from three-point range and seven-for-seven from the line. Against UMass, he was 7-for-12 FG, 6-for-8 from three-point and 5-for-6 FT.
MONTY, MONTY, MONTY An MRI examination has revealed that University of Dayton senior forward Monty Scott has a partial tear in the patellar tendon of his right knee, ending his playing career with four games left in the regular season. Scott underwent surgery to repair the injury on Thursday. A typical rehab program for an injury like this is four-to-eight weeks. Scott initially injured the knee in practice leading up to Sunday's game against Massachusetts. After responding to treatments, he was able to start against UMass, but as the game went on it was apparent Scott could not continue. He was limited to a season-low 19 minutes on Sunday, scoring just three points, although he did grab four rebounds and block two shots. Scott had started all 25 games for the Flyers this season, up to that point, averaging 10.0 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. He was UD's second-leading scorer (11.2) and rebounder (4.3) in 2005-06, despite missing six games and being limited in practices and games for much more than that with a stress fracture in his left foot. He was UD's MVP and an all-conference selection two years ago.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS Brian Roberts became the 39th Flyer to reach the 1,000 point mark in his career in the Charlotte win. He now has 1,244 points (25th) and is four behind Mike Sylvester. Monty Scott became the club's 40th member at Xavier and is 36th with 1,054 points. Roberts is fifth in career three-pointers (180). Norm Grevey is fourth with 208. Scott is tied for sixth (158).
LITTLE BIG MAN At 6-foot-6, 244 pounds, sophomore Charles Little might be the most inaccurately named player in the country. He has scored 44 points in the last two games, getting his first double-double (21 & 10) against UMass, and a career-high 23 at Saint Louis. Little's 25 dunks (23 in the last 18 games) are more than twice as many as anyone else on the team, and more than half of UD's 44 dunks this year. He had that first double-double against the A-10's most intimidating front line in the UMass game, tallying career highs in points (21) and rebounds (10). He also had 21 points at Duquesne. WE LIKEUS MARCUS Marcus Johnson has scored in double figures six times this season, including 23 points in his first game as a Flyer, the most by a Dayton player in his debut game. He had 13 (and a game-high eight rebounds) at SBU and 14 at North Carolina. He had his first double-double (11 points/10 rebounds) in the Yale win. In the win over Western Carolina, Johnson scored 13 points (5-6 FG) and grabbed six rebounds. He also had two assists, a steal and a blocked shot and drew the primary assignment of guarding Western Carolina's leading scorer, Antonio Russell. Russell came into the game averaging 17.9 points and shooting 57% from the field, but finished with five points, and a percentage-killing 1-for-14 from the floor. For the season, Johnson is shooting .445 (65-146) from the field, but inside the arc he is shooting 55 points higher (.500, 53-106). He played just five minutes against UMass due to a knee injury, but came back for 16 minutes at SLU. He is one of five Flyers averaging over six points a game (6.6), and one of six averaging at least three rebounds a game (3.7).
BEING "KURT" TO THE OPPOSITION Freshman Kurt Huelsman is the only player to start every game this year for the Flyers. He averages 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds, and is second on the team in blocked shots (0.6) and third in FG% (.476, 39-82). He tied the UD freshman record for blocked shots in a game (and the most in a first game as a Flyer) when he swatted four in the Austin Peay win. Huelsman tied Keith Waleskowski, who had four against George Washington on February 17, 2001 during his redshirt freshman season. Huelsman was the primary defender in holding Pittsburgh's seven-footer, Aaron Gray, the preseason Big East Player of the Year, to a season-low five points. In two games against Gray and North Carolina All-American Tyler Hansbrough, Huelsman had 12 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots.
GLASS CLEANER Freshman Kurt Huelsman pulled down 26 rebounds in his first three games as a Flyer. That's more than the two most recent Flyers to get 1,000 rebounds in their careers. Ryan Perryman grabbed 24, and Keith Waleskowski had 21, respectively in their first three college games.
STORMIN' NORMAN Norman Plummer leads the team in rebounding (4.9), and is fourth on the team in scoring (8.1). He is also second in FT% (.742, 49-66). He scored a game-high 19 points (6-8 FG, 7-8 FT) in the Holy Cross win and a team-high tying 13 (5-7 FG) in the Creighton win. He had 11 rebounds in the Miami win. Against Charlotte at home, he had 11 points, a game-high seven rebounds and was five-for-five from the line (including a game-clinching pair with 18 seconds left). Last year, he was UD's leading rebounder (6.5), was third in scoring (10.0) and second in minutes (26.5).
BIG START BINNIE A strong contributor off the bench for most of the season, junior forward Jimmy Binnie has started the last nine games and has scored UD's first three-pointer in six of them. In those nine games, Binnie is averaging 6.2 points and shooting .455 (15-33) from three-point range. In the Richmond game he outscored the Spiders in the first half (9-8). He scored the first six points of the game and finished with a season-high 12 points. Against Louisville, he had eight points (two more than he had in the previous four games combined). In the Creighton win, he had eight points, three assists and two rebounds in 13 minutes. He matched his career high in rebounding with nine at Saint Louis. After shooting .241 (7-29) from three-point in non-conference, Binnie is hitting .425 (17-40) in A-10 play. He leads the team in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.48).
HERE COMES THE SAND MAN Junior point guard Andres Sandoval had a career-high 21 points (previous UD high was nine, and Richmond high was 15) and adding six assists and six rebounds in the win over George Washington. He was expected to be out 4-6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, but apparently he didn't get the memo. He was back on the court exactly 19 days after his surgery to place a titanium screw in the foot. He played nine minutes in a shakedown cruise against South Carolina State on November 28, and has averaged 22.1 minutes since then. At Rhode Island, he scored nine points, had five rebounds and four assists off the bench. He has started the last seven games. At Duquesne, he scored seven points (4-4 FT) and tied his college career high with seven assists. On the year, he is second on the team in assists (2.71) and steals (0.80).
THE JACKSONVILLE JET Freshman point guard London Warren (a.k.a. the "Jacksonville Jet," as dubbed by the WHIO Radio team of Larry Hansgen and Bucky Bockhorn) has come on at a time when most freshman guards hit the wall. In the last seven games (beginning with the first Xavier game), he has 24 points, 22 assists and just eight turnovers, while shooting .500 (9-18) from the field. Prior to that, he shot .250 (8-32) from the floor in the first 19 games. He scored a career-high 10 points at SBU with two assists and no turnovers. In a start against Saint Louis, he had a career-best six assists with five points. He leads UD in steals (0.9) and is third in assists (2.3) in just 13.0 minutes a game.
TEAM EFFORT Dayton's road to a 16-10 record is a "sum of the parts" kind of blueprint. The Flyers have just two players (Brian Roberts at 18.8, Monty Scott at 10.0) averaging in double digits, but six others average at least 4.0 points a game. They are Charles Little (9.7), Norman Plummer (8.1), Marcus Johnson (6.6), Andres Sandoval (5.3), Jimmy Binnie (4.2) and Kurt Huelsman (4.0).
EYE 75 ON THE SCOREBOARD The Flyers are 18-3 under head coach Brian Gregory when they score at least 75 points.
DOING IT WITH DEFENSE Earlier this season, the Flyers held six straight opponents to 55 points or less, the first time that had happened at UD in 56 years.
OUT OF THE BLOCKS UD's 10-1 start matched its best start to a season since the Flyers won their first 14 games in 1955-56. UD's 10-3 non-conference record marked just the third time in school history the Flyers have reached 10 wins before January 1.
GRAD RATES GREAT IN DAYTON Dayton was listed as one of the nation's leaders in the 2006 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report. The Flyers' GSR is 96, up two points from last year and 18th out of 320 schools Division I school rated. UD's 91 percent graduation rate for its men's basketball program is best in the A-10. Men's basketball is one of 15 (out of 17) Flyer athletic teams with GSR's of 90 or better. Last year's report also noted that every one of the 229 scholarship student-athletes who entered UD from 1988-89 to 1997-98 and completed their eligibility at UD graduated. The A-10 was fifth as a conference. Nearly two-thirds (303 of 473) of all Flyer student-athletes carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
TOURNEY TOWN The NCAA Division I Tournament will make its start at UD Arena this season for the sixth year in a row. The NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee has announced that the University of Dayton Arena will host the NCAA Opening Round Game in 2007. UD has hosted the game since its inception in its current form in 2002. When the 2007 NCAA Tournament is over, UD Arena will have been an NCAA site in 21 of the last 38 years and will have hosted 73 NCAA Tournament games. That will make UD Arena the third-most prolific NCAA Tournament venue behind Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City (83) and the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City (81). The Arena is also one of four 2007 NCAA D-I Women's Regional sites.
FLYER FAITHFUL For years, UD has claimed it has had the best fans in the nation. In 2001, The Sporting News conducted an unscientific poll of college basketball coaches, media and SIDs. In the January 8, 2001 issue of the magazine, UD's fans were tabbed as college basketball's best. And they prove it to everyone the Flyers play. UD Arena has 76 sellouts in its 34-year history. UD's last 118 regular season home games have had attendance of at least 11,000 fans. In the last 13 years, 99% of UD's home games have drawn at least 10,000 (336 of 359), including the last 154 regular season games. UD averaged 12,422 last season, 2,500 higher than any other A-10 team and 23rd in the country.
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP UD recruit Chris Wright is one of the best 20 high school basketball players in the country selected to play in the 2007 Jordan Brand All-American Classic on Saturday, April 21 at Madison Square Garden. It will be shown on ESPN2. Among the players selected to this year's game are O.J. Mayo, Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon. Recent participants include NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
FLYERS LAND TOP A-10 CLASS UD landed what Scout.com considers the top recruiting class in the Atlantic 10 on November 8 with the signings of 6-8 forward Chris Wright of Trotwood-Madison (Trotwood, OH) High School, 6-9 forward/center Devin Searcy of Romulus (MI) High School, and 6-1 guard Stephen Thomas of Indianapolis Cathedral High School. As a group, the newest Flyers chose UD after getting scholarship offers from schools that included members of the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Atlantic 10. Considered one of the top candidates for Ohio's Mr. Basketball, Wright will be the second member of his family to play at UD. His uncle on his mother's side, J.D. Grigsby, played at UD from 1971 to 1973. A consensus top 50 player, Scout.com has named him the top player in the A-10 for this recruiting class. Searcy is another recruit who will put the "Fly" in "Flyers." Not only is he an athletic 6-9, he has a 37-inch vertical leap and a seven-foot fingertip-to-fingertip reach. He is the fifth Romulus player in the last four years to earn a Division I scholarship. A heady player with a classic Hoosier-guard outside shot, the Indianapolis Star named Thomas one of its two annual Players of the Year. Thomas was the Indianapolis Player of the Year, and national player of the year Greg Oden was named Marion County Player of the Year. The Bob Gibbons All-Star Report has three Top 150 players heading to the A-10 from the fall signing period, and two (Wright and Thomas) are future Flyers.
AND THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LATEST ADDITION Phillip "Mickey" Perry transferred to the Flyers from the University of Wisconsin on January 8. Perry, a 6-2 guard who graduated from Proviso East High School in 2005, will become eligible to play at UD after the fall 2007 semester. He will have two-and-a-half seasons of basketball eligibility remaining. After averaging 20.0 points, 7.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds a game as a senior at Proviso East, Perry redshirted the 2005-06 season at Wisconsin. In seven games this season for the Badgers, he averaged 3.0 minutes, and 1.0 points a game.
GAME #26 -- SAINT LOUIS 66, DAYTON 56 Sophomore Charles Little scored a career high 23 points and corralled six rebounds as the Dayton Flyers lost 66-56 to the Saint Louis Billikens. Junior Brian Roberts added 13 points, while classmate Jimmy Binnie enjoyed a solid performance with nine points and nine rebounds. Freshman London Warren continued his strong play dishing out a season high six assists to go with five points. Playing without their second-leading scorer, senior Monty Scott, who is out for the season with a knee injury, the Flyers shot 38 percent from the floor and 5-of-21 from three-point range. Saint Louis went on a 7-2 run to close out the half and lead 32-24. In the second half, a Flyer 14-7 spurt cut the Saint Louis lead to 39-38 with 11:57 to go in the second half. But a 7-0 SLU spurt would put UD at arm's length the rest of the game. The Flyers out rebounded the Billikens 34-31, but only went to foul line four times. Little finished the game shooting 11-of-16 from the floor, tallied four of his six boards on the offensive end and added two assists and a block.
DID YOU KNOW ? UD won more games than any other school in both the 1950s and `60s. UD won 435 games between 1950 and 1969 and ranks among the top teams of the 1950s and 1960s in Division I history. The Flyers' .763 (228-71) winning percentage in the 1950s ranks fifth in the decade. Their .729 (207-77) winning percentage ranks eighth in the 1960s.