Game #9-364: Dayton Flyers at Saint Louis BillikensFebruary 2, 2013 2:00 pm
So might have said Bob Ramsey after this one. Or not; I didn't listen to much of the post-game show.
I hadn't planned to go to this game, but a friend of mine had an extra ticket at half-price through something called "Living Social", so I jumped at the chance. He brought his two young boys along and several times during the game he helped his younger son understand what was going on.
This game wasn't nearly as well attended as the Butler game. As John Rooney, now Cardinals' baseball announcer is fond of saying, "Some of these folks came dressed as empty chairs."
For a team that has made something of a name for itself in this conference, it was striking to see the difference in the crowd between this game and Thursday's game against Butler.
Maybe they had a premonition about the game. Dayton is having a bit of a down year, and this game turned out to be a one-sided affair that made Thursday seem like a barn-burner. Kwamain Mitchell made more of an impression on this game than he has so far this season, hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc. My buddy remarked before we left for the game how he thought he was a very important player for SLU, but hadn't done much yet. Mitchell made an impression on me, and as I recall, he made an impression on Bob Ramsey in the post-game show.
This game was statistically over with 5 minutes to go in the 2nd half, but it looked over mid-way through the first half. SLU was running on adrenaline from Thursday and Dayton kept stumbling. 23-11 with 11:20 to go turned into 39-17 with 3:18 to go. Midway through the 2nd half, it was 59-33, very close to a statistical lock. The most interesting thing about this game was the following tweet from CollegeBasketballTalk's Rob Dauster:
To be honest, I lost interest in this game, at least enough to glean anything meaningful out the action on the court other than St. Louis totally dominated the Flyers. A Valpo fan from Ohio told me he was rooting for SLU to do this because he can't stand Dayton fans. I remarked that I was sure Wright State fans would share that sentiment wholeheartedly. WSU practically shares the same city with the Flyers, and they used to play each other once upon a time, but of course now Dayton can't be bothered to recognize their cross-town rivals and Wright State can't force them to. The team I saw today hardly seemed worthy of such hubris. Meanwhile, I continue to be interested to see how the St. Louis Billikens continue to compete for their conference title and an NCAA bid. They have an intensity that is exciting to behold.
at SAINT LOUIS 81, DAYTON 52
DAYTON 12-9 (2-5) -- V. Sanford 5-9 0-0 10; K. Dillard 4-10 0-0 9; D. Pierre 2-6 0-0 4; J. Benson 4-10 4-4 12; D. Oliver 2-4 1-1 5; M. Derenbecker 1-5 0-0 3; J. Robinson 1-3 0-0 2; A. Gavrilovic 1-2 0-0 2; D. Scott 1-2 0-0 2; B. Vonderhaar 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-52 5-5 52.
SAINT LOUIS 16-5 (5-2) -- D. Evans 6-9 3-3 15; M. McCall Jr. 1-3 2-2 4; R. Loe 5-9 4-5 17; C. Ellis 3-8 0-0 8; J. Jett 4-6 3-3 11; G. Glaze 3-6 0-0 6; J. Barnett 1-2 0-0 3; C. Remekun 2-3 1-2 5; J. Manning 0-1 0-0 0; S. Duff 0-1 0-0 0; J. LePak 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-48 13-15 69.
Three-point goals: UD 3-11 (K. Dillard 1-3; V. Sanford 0-1; B. Vonderhaar 1-1; M. Derenbecker 1-5; D. Pierre 0-1), SLU 6-17 (K. Mitchell 3-5; C. Ellis 2-6; S. Duff 0-1; J. Barnett 1-2; J. Jett 0-1; R. Loe 3-6; M. McCall 0-1); Rebounds: UD 25 (J. Benson 6), SLU 26 (D. Evans 7); Assists: UD 8 (D. Pierre 3), SLU 15 (J. Jett 6); Total Fouls -- UD 17, SLU 9; Fouled Out: UD-K. Dillard; SLU-None.