The Flyers' Game
Duquesne did better than the average opponent that has played the Ohio team. The Flyers had held their foes to 57.3 points and 36.6 percent shooting from the floor, 31.3% from three-point range.
The Red & Blue from the Burgh scored 69 points and shot 42.6 percent overall, 33.3% beyond the arc, which is below the Dukes' norm of 79.6 points while shooting 47.3%, 36.2% on treys.
Dayton did better than DU's defensive averages: 78 points (72.9 ppg), 58.0 percent overall (44.4%), 53.8% on 3-pointers (33.4%). Would expect that from a winning team.
Being outrebounded 36-30 was just a bit better than usual for UD foes - their average margin is +6.8 rebounds.
The offensive foul called on David Theis was questionable, as evidenced by the response by the coach, broadcasters and fans. If the foul on Chris Wright 17 seconds later was a make-up it was not to Duquesne's advantage. Theis had made just 3-of-10 coming into tonight and missed both attempts.
Theis's drive was one of those that could have resulted in a made basket and an offensive foul that would have sent UD to the line. This was called a couple times Wednesday, though most refs seem to avoid that approach, perhaps since deciding between a block and a charge is difficult enough.
A few years back, the refs completely surprised most folks with their handling of a charge/block situation.. Huddling following contact that could have gone either way, the refs went both ways calling both a non-shooting blocking foul and a charging foul. That resulted in a "held ball" situation with the arrow pointing to Duquesne.
A wash of sorts which is why many refs avoid the made basket / off. foul situation.
A Healthy Aaron Jackson
Aaron Jackson at full strength would probably have changed how the second half was played. Even though he hadn't practiced and was questionable for a game for the first time in his career, A.J. still started, scored 18 points and had four assists in 37 minutes.
But he didn't have a rebound. All but two of his points were scored in the first half when he played ALL 20 MINUTES.
The Dukes may have lost anyway. Having a strong A.J. available for the entire game will, hopefully, be the situation from now on.
This was the first game in a while where the bunnies weren't dropping. Melquan Bolding missed one where he didn't decide till the last second whether to dunk or lay it in. That indecision was perhaps a sign of a player learning. Next time, he should know.
Not dunking at every opportunity is a sign of maturity.
Dayton used 11 players with 10 seeing 11 minutes or more. The Flyers came into the game with 12 guys playing at least eight minutes each time out (actually the lowest is 7.9 mpg). Sophomore Stephen Thomas, who is the one at 7.9, played four minutes. Their 12th guy, freshman Paul Williams, was out with an ear infection.
UD was fresher at the end of the game. They shot 68.2 percent in the second half to the Dukes' 37.5%.
Wonder if the bench will be deeper later in the season?
Quotes With Comment
From the Trib:
- "It's a shame the attendance hasn't been better here," Dayton coach Brian Gregory said. "This place could be a good home-court advantage."
From the Dayton newspaper:
- Two busloads of Flyer fans came from Dayton for the game, and at least 2,000 attended. When the Flyers emerged from the locker room for the final time before the tipoff, they were met with cheers and boos at equal decibel levels.
Comment: The photo with this story shows the fans behind the Dayton bench, i.e., they are Dayton rooters.
- Duquesne's next game is Wednesday in Philadelphia with Saint Joseph's and will be played at the Palestra on Penn's campus, the Hawks' temporary home floor while the Alumni Fieldhouse is renovated.. Prior to the development of basketball conferences in the 1970s and '80s, all Big 5 games were played at the Palestra which has been rated as one of the top 10 venues for college basketball.
- Dayton's bench outscored Duquesne's 43-8. Starters Bill Clark (19 points), Jackson (18 points) and Damian Saunders (13 points) combined for 50 of DU's 69 points.
- Bolding and Evans were a combined 3-of-18 from the field. Bolding, who was coming off a career-high 26 point game against George Washington, was 2-of-10 for five points. Evans was 1-of-8 in scoring four points.
- Neither team did that well from the charity stripe. Duquesne was 9-of-15 (60%) and Dayton hit 13-of-20 (65%) lowering each's season average to 68.8% and 67.9%, respectively.
- Dayton is 15-0 when it outrebounds the opponent.
- Dayton had seven dunks in the game giving them 61 through 18 games which tied the school record. It took 33 games for the 2003-04 team to compile the same total.
- Jason Duty fouled out for the first time this season. Saunders and Clark have each been disqualified twice.
- Mike Lopresti, a columnist for USA Today in town for the AFC Championship, decided to check out Duquesne because of its resurgence under coach Ron Everhart
- Thirty-three (if my count is right) former Duquesne players were introduced to the 4,000 plus in attendance during halftime. President Charles Dougherty and Director of Athletics Greg Amodio greated each player. (We should have all the names next week.)
- Duquesne and Dayton have a lot in common. The teams have played each other for many years. Both were members of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1992-93. Dayton joined Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1995-96. Each university is run by a Roman Catholic congregation. Their initials are DU and UD. The school colors are both Red and Blue, though the blues are a little different. Duquesne's is PMS 282, Dayton's PMS 288. (Richmond also uses the same colors; UR's blue is PMS 289.)
- DuquesneSports.net: Dayton Downs Dukes, 78-69
- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Duquesne's win streak ends at seven
- Dayton snaps Duquesne win streak (early website story)
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Duquesne loses to Dayton, 78-69 (early website story)
- Dayton Daily News: Flyers' hot shooting tops Dukes
- Duquesne: Duquesne Falls to Dayton
- Dayton: Five Flyers Score in Double Figures in A-10 Road Win over Duquesne