Dayton 86, Minnesota 70
Kevin Dillard had 19 points, Chris Johnson added 18 and Dayton
hit 12 3-pointers as the Flyers rode a hot-shooting performance to
an 86-70 Old Spice Classic championship game victory over Minnesota
on Sunday night.
The Flyers (5-1) connected on 12 of their 27 3-point attempts
and shot 46 percent overall (28 of 60). Dillard also took home Most
Valuable Player honors.
Minnesota (6-1) played the final 17 minutes without leading
scorer and rebounder Trevor Mbakwe, who left the game after
sustaining a right leg injury.
Without his defensive presence underneath, the Flyers exploited
the middle of the floor both in their half-court sets and in
The Golden Gophers tried to make up for Mbakwe’s absence with
its own outside shooting, but connected on only 7 of their 18
Austin Hollins led the Golden Gophers, who suffered their first
loss of the season, with 14 points. Julian Welch chipped in 12 for
Mbakwe left the game with Minnesota trailing 45-36 after he
appeared to land awkwardly on his leg while battling for a rebound.
He stayed down on for several minutes afterward while being
attended to by trainers. When he got to his feet he avoided putting
any pressure on the leg as he was helped off the floor.
Mbakwe later returned to bench with an ice pack over his right
shin and knee. He left the arena on crutches and will have an
The 6-foot-8 forward came into Sunday’s game averaging a
team-high 14.8 points and 10 rebounds.
The Flyers opened up as much as an 18-point lead in the second
half. The Golden Gophers got within 13 with 2:08 to play, but got
Dayton led 37-28 at the break, thanks to a blinding offensive
spurt with just under nine minutes to play in the half.
The Flyers trailed 23-12 after Minnesota’s Oto Osenieks dropped
in a free throw to complete a three-point play.
But Dayton pushed the pace on several ensuing possessions and it
paid off as the Golden Gophers struggled to keep up with its guards
in the open floor.
The result was an 18-2 run that put the Flyers out in front
30-25. They then finished the half outscoring Minnesota 7-3.
The Golden Gophers shot 50 percent in the opening 20 minutes (11
of 22), but had only a pair of 3-pointers. Dayton shot just 42
percent (15 of 35), but made up for it going 7 of 17 from beyond
Dayton plays eight of its next nine games at home beginning
Wednesday against Buffalo. Minnesota has a six-game home stand up
next, beginning with Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup with Virginia
Tech also on Wednesday.