Sunday, August 2, 2015

Dayton on to ‘Elite Eight’

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Like a red-and-blue blur, the Dayton Flyers were pressing and passing, shooting and scoring.
The waves never seemed to stop coming, with 10, 11, and then 12 players giving them quality minutes.

An exhausted and foul-plagued Stanford simply couldn’t keep up.
The underdog Flyers—the No. 11 seed in the South Region—now are in the “Elite Eight” for the first time since 1984 after an emphatic 82-72 victory last night.
“We had 11 guys score in the game and from top to bottom, we kept coming and coming,” noted Dayton coach Archie Miller.
“The way they shared the ball and moved the ball . . . it was a true team effort.
“It’s nice that on the biggest stage, we acted like ourselves,” he added.
Jordan Sibert scored 18 points while freshman Kendall Pollard added a season-high 12 as Dayton (26-10) made sure this one wasn’t particularly close after slipping by in the first two rounds.
The 6’4” Sibert was spectacular—slashing to the basket and draining three-pointers—to help the Flyers lead for almost the entire night.
Dayton showed its depth early, using a dozen players in the first half to wear down Stanford.
“They were relentless,” noted Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins.
“That’s the best way I can put it.”
No. 10 Stanford (23-13) had the superior post play, but it wasn’t enough.
Chasson Randle led the Cardinal with 21 points, but shot just 5-of-21 from the field.
Dwight Powell of Toronto added 17 while Thornhill, Ont. native Stefan Nastic, who fouled out with more than five minutes left, had 15.
Dayton, the last remaining of the six Atlantic 10 teams in the field of 68, next will play top overall seed Florida tomorrow.
The Gators beat UCLA 79-68 later last night.
It was a good night for the Millers. Archie joined his brother in the “Elite Eight” after Sean Miller coached Arizona to a 70-64 victory over San Diego State.
Yesterday’s other game saw No. 2 Wisconsin beat No. 6 Baylor 69-52.

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