I doubt history repeats itself tonight when Dayton visits Miami for the first time since 2011, but you never know. This early in the season, crazy things do happen. The RedHawks beat the Flyers three years ago this month in the second game of Archie Miller’s tenure.
Here’s the game story from Doug Harris from the Nov. 16, 2011, edition of the Dayton Daily News. It’s worth worth noting last year was only the second season since World War II that Miami and Dayton haven’t played.
OXFORD — University of Dayton basketball coach Archie Miller pored over a stat sheet as he exited his postgame press conference, and his eyes fixated on the one column that contributed the most to his team’s defeat at Miami.
“Twenty-two turnovers — 11 by our starting backcourt,” he said disgustedly. “As good as we were last game, we were that bad tonight.”
The Flyers dribbled off their ankles, passed to open spaces and committed enough offensive fouls with illegal picks and charges to tally that atrocious turnover total in a 72-67 overtime loss Tuesday, ending a streak of five consecutive wins in the series.
Junior point guard Kevin Dillard, who had nine assists and no turnovers in the opener against Western Illinois, had six of each against the RedHawks. And running mate Josh Parker coughed it up another five times.
Senior guard Paul Williams had a career-high 20 points, and the Flyers shot 49.1 percent from the field. But three days after giving up the ball just eight times against Western Illinois, UD handled it against Miami as if it were coated with Crisco.
“We had some opportunities in transition to make some simple plays,” Miller said. “We said before the game easy baskets were going to be the key. And for whatever reason, we played too fast.”
Even Miami coach Charlie Coles wouldn’t credit defensive pressure for the many miscues.
“I wouldn’t say (it was) defensive pressure. I would say defensive presence,” he said. “There’s a little difference. We were there. I don’t know if we pressured them that much … but against Dayton, we wanted to play good position. When you do that, teams make mistakes on their own sometimes.”
The Flyers (1-1) led by eight in the first half and by five with 7:22 to go, but they went nearly six minutes after that without a point.
Miami, playing in its season opener before 3,143 fans, had a chance to win in regulation, but Julian Mavunga lost the ball out of bounds with three seconds left.The All-Mid-American Conference forward, though, scored six of his 17 points in overtime as Miami scored the first three points of the extra session and never gave up the lead.