Dyton Recap

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    Well, the Flyers were very good – just as advertised. The two Chris’ (Johnson and Wright) scored 29 of the team’s 89 points and pulled down 17 of their 39 rebounds. As a team, Dayton hit 53.8% of their field goals (42.1% from behind the arc), pressured us from the get-go and played up-tempo throughout the game taking 65 shots at the basket compared to Lehigh’s 52 attempts. As feared, the bigger (three 6’10" F/Cs, combined with others at 6’9" and 6’8"), stronger, and more athletic Flyers controlled the boards out-rebounding us 39-24 and had their way in the paint out-scoring us by 18, 38 to 20. The Flyers opened play with a full court press and took it to us throughout the game. They jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, leading by 15 at the intermission (41-26). Our only lead came at the 19 minute mark of the first half when Ohio’s own David Buchberger hit a three to make it a 3-2 ball game. How fitting it was David’s shot. It was reported that he had 40 friends and neighbors from nearby Cincinnati looking on. That’s 40 out of 12, 719. To put into perspective, only 22,435 saw the Mountain Hawks on the road in 15 contest last year. So, what were the bright spots? How about the way we were eventually able to block out the crowd and settle into our game – especially in the second half? Or, how about the continued fine play of our freshmen forwards Knutson and Greiner who combined for 18 points on 8 for 13 shooting in their combined 45 minutes of court time. This, against the likes of players the likes of which they’ll never see again this year, UD’s Chris Johnson and Chris Wright, the latter having been selected to the Preseason first team All Conference (A10) Team. How about the fact that we shot a respectable 42.3% from the field and nearly match UD shot for shot in the fast-paced 2nd half, losing that frame on the scoreboard 48 to 45. And no, Dayton didn’t clear their bench until there were less than two minutes to go in the game or just moments before LU inserted Safstrom, Shamis and Ryan into the game. It was also good to see CJ McCullom hit for 16 even if 8 were from the FT line, going 8 for 10. It showed a new side of CJ – one not hesitant to drive to the basket when his jumpers (only 2 for 6 from long range) were not falling. And, how about Marquis – limited again in time on the court because of early foul trouble – he dished off 6 assists (tops in the game) and only turned it over once. Keefer and Buchberger at the 2 guard played well, also, hitting a combined 7 for 10 and a perfect 7 for 7 from the line where, as a team, LU went 23 for 27. Oh yeah, no Zahir Carrington, still bother by that knee sprain. All in all, not a bad outing and hopefully a good $ payday for the school. Sagarin had it about right, UD-17……….final score: UD 89 / LU 71. Now, it’s back to exams and some needed rest. Up next: Dartmouth at home on the 17th.

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