Flyers outlast Charlotte 66-63

The Dayton Flyers used a 13-4 run in the final 5:39 to defeat the Charlotte 49ers on Thursday night. The Flyers moved to 1-0 in Atlantic 10 play, and an overall 11-3 record.

Per usual, Brian Roberts paced the Flyers with 24 points on 8-12 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe. The gritty junior put Dayton ahead for good with a floater in the lane with 49 seconds left in the game. Norman Plummer chipped in two free throws to provide the Flyers' final margin of victory, as Charlotte's Sean Phaler and Carlos Williams missed consecutive three-point tries as time expired.

Brian Roberts became the 39th player in Dayton Flyers history to score 1,000 points en route to the victory. "I didn't realize what my point total as far as my career coming into the game," Roberts said. "It's a big thing to get a win and score my 1,000th point in a game," Roberts added.

Norman Plummer gave the Flyers a boost from the bench, contributing 11 points and 7 rebounds. Charles Little added 12 points, including two above-the-rim put backs that brought Flyer fans to their feet.

The 49ers were led by senior shooting guard De'Angelo Alexander with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz made the most of bruised and battered roster. Lutz recently added center Antwon Coleman to the starting lineup, but was forced to make another change as Coleman sat out the game with the flu. Forward Jerell Jamison also exhibited flu-like symptoms, to say the least. Jamison vomited on the court near the 49ers bench during a second-half timeout. Guard E.J. Drayton played a majority of the second half with a broken tooth, after fighting for a rebound.

In what was hopefully a sign of things to come, the Flyers showed the same perseverance late in the game that they exhibited against Louisville and Creighton. The veterans refused to let the team lose this crucial conference game, and the freshmen showed great progress in their maturation process. Late in the game, Marcus Johnson fed Brian Roberts on a breakaway after a steal, forcing the 49ers to take a timeout after the Flyers cut a 7-point deficit to one in the blink of an eye.

Rebounding continued to be a point of concern for Brian Gregory and his staff, as the Flyers were out rebounded for the fourth game in a row, and the sixth time in seven outings. Dayton was active, however, on the offensive glass, collecting 11 offensive rebounds.

Dayton travels to Rhode Island to play the 8-7 Rams, who are coming off 69-66 home win over LaSalle. The Flyers look to avenge last year's season-ending 65-56 to Rhode Island on Senior Night, a game in which the four honored seniors tallied a collective 6 points.

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