Dayton Airs It Out, Downs UMass, 96-68
Feb. 27, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio - UMass' recent dominance over Dayton came to end on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at UD Arena as the Minutemen dropped a 96-68 decision to the Flyers. The Minutemen had won the last four meetings with Dayton dating to 2005 including two wins as UD Arena. Over the last four years Dayton is 62-6 at home with two of the losses to the Minutemen. UMass falls to 10-18 overall, 4-10 in the Atlantic 10 while Dayton is now 19-9 and 8-6.
The Flyers made a season-best 13 3-pointers and shot 46 from beyond the arc. Dayton had a well-balanced attack led by Mickey Perry (career-high tying 15 points) and Chris Wright (14 points). Ten different Flyers scored in the game, with nine scoring in the first half, alone. A total of six scored in double-figures with Chris Johnson (11), Marcus Johnson (11), Rob Lowery (13) and Devin Searcy (10) also breaking 10.
Freshman Terrell Vinson led UMass with 16, his third game in a row in double-figures. Freshman Sampson Carter also had his best scoring game in more than two months with 10. Freddie Riley tallied 12 on four 3-pointers and Anthony Gurley had 10 points. Senior Ricky Harris saw his 37-game streak of scoring in double-figures end as he had just nine.
Dayton took control of the game midway through the first half on back-to-back 3-pointers by Paul Williams and Chris Johnson to take an 18-11 lead. The advantage ballooned on another set of 3-pointers just before halftime as Marcus Johnson and Williams canned treys in the final 1:22 before intermission.
The Flyers were red hot from the floor in the first half, shooting 57 percent in the first 20 minutes as Dayton led 43-31. The 43 points were more in one half than the Flyers scored all game in their last contest at Temple (losing 49-41). Dayton made 6-of-13 from 3-point range with nine different players scoring in the half.
UMass was hit hard by foul trouble in the first half as both Vinson and Javorn Farrell picked up three fouls with more than four minutes left in the first half. Vinson topped UMass with seven first-half points.
In the second half, UMass came out strong with Vinson scoring the team's first seven points including an emphatic dunk - the first of his college career. The lead was trimmed to nine at 54-45 with 14 minutes left as UMass went on a 10-0 run. That was ended by a Wright fastbreak slam dunk with 13:19 left in the second.
The Dayton lead was cut to eight on several more occasions by the Minutemen. Sampson Carter showed his prowess with several nice baskets but it wasn't enough in the end. The Flyers continued to pour it on and took a 20-point lead on a Perry bomb with 6:48 left in the second half, making it 78-58. Perry added another minutes later for an 83-59 edge. He hit four second-half 3-pointers.
The Minutemen play their final regular-season road game on Wednesday at La Salle. The home finale is set for one week from today against Rhode Island on March 6 at 4 p.m.
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